What's New, What's Hot: December 2018
Scottevest Cotton Hoodie: Another wonderful "wearable technology" product from Scottevest, this hoodie stands out in the world of mundane sweatshirts. For one thing, its unique design enables the wired wearer to leave tangles and dangling connectors behind by threading headphone and power cables through designated channels in the garment. But that's not all. The hoodie comes with 21 pockets, including one big enough to carry a tablet (in all sizes but XS or S). Other goodies include two pen pockets, two chest pockets, an eyeglass chamois, two hand warmer pockets, an extendable key holder and, perhaps the most surprising, an adjustable hood that incorporates a "do not disturb" drop-down mask to help provide some shut eye when you need it. Available in a range of colors and in sizes from XS to XXXL. $95; www.scottevest.com.
Liquid I.V.: The risks to travelers from dehydration are generally well known: prolonged heat exposure, air travel and digestive ailments that cause vomiting and/or diarrhea. Liquid I.V. is formulated to obviate those risks. Don't be thrown off by the word "liquid" here. This product is a powder mix of potassium, sodium and non-GMO pure cane sugar in easy-open packets that, when dissolved in 16 ounces of water, deliver hydration to the bloodstream faster than water alone. According to the manufacturer, one Liquid I.V. packet, which contains 110% of the daily value of vitamins C, B3, B5, B6 and B12, "can provide the same hydration as drinking two to three bottles of water." Free of gluten, dairy and soy, and 100% vegan, Liquid I.V. comes in three flavors, lemon lime, acai berry, and passion fruit as well as a variety pack. 16-pack, $27.99; 96-pack, $134.35; www.liquid-iv.com.
Anson Calder Catch-All: Rarely would a traveler take along a desk piece on a trip, but this elegant item is perfect for keeping a wallet, loose change, keys, jewelry and the like on, say, a hotel desk, dresser or night table. Made of high-quality French calfskin and suede-like leather called nubuck, and finished with hand-burnished edges, the catch-all folds flat for packing and opens into a beautiful valet tray with side enclosures. Crafted in the U.S. and designed by the New York-based Anson Calder company, the catch-all measures 9 by 9 by 1 inches assembled, and its base is 7 by 7 inches. Available colors are black, cobalt and steel gray exterior, all with a titanium floor, and cognac, with a tan floor. Included with each is a travel bag. One caveat: This product contains magnetic closures; if you use a pacemaker or similar device, please consult a physician before using it. $175; https://ansoncalder.com.
Travelpro Platinum Elite 21 Expandable Carryon: Designed for the practical traveler who is determined to skip the checked-luggage carousel and travel light as well, this spinner tote is just the right size (21 by 14 by 9 inches) and heft (7.8 pounds). Stain and abrasion resistant, with leather top and side carry handles, the Platinum Elite Carryon features an external USB port and dedicated power bank pocket (power bank not included) to charge portable electronic devices; laptop and tablet sleeves padded with corduroy; eight self-aligning spinner wheels; and reliable chrome zippers. Other attributes include a removable quart-size wet pocket for toiletries and a tip-resistant two inches of expansion when needed. It is worth noting that the TSA allows power banks on planes if the rated power is less than 100WH but not at all in checked luggage. The carryon, one of 17 bags in the Platinum Elite collection, comes in black, espresso brown, gray and Bordeaux red. $254.99; www.travelpro.com.
BuddyPhones Inflight: Headphones for kids on the go are increasingly on the wish list of families, and this durable but comfortable product figures to fit the bill for parents and children alike. These volume-limiting headphones, which are designed to protect youngsters' hearing, sacrifice little in sound quality while reducing background noise to an acceptable level so kids won't damage their ear drums with a sonic blast of their favorite song. In fact, parents can limit BuddyPhones' audio output to 75, 85 or 94 dB. BuddyPhones, which can be personalized by decorating them with colorful stickers that are packaged with each unit, come with ear cushions and a headband covered with hypoallergenic, easy-to-clean synthetic leather. A detachable, non-tangling cable system has a built-in audio splitter that allows up to four cables to share one source device. Throw in a soft travel bag and you've got the entire package. BuddyPhones are available in blue, green, pink and purple. $39.99; https://www.buddyphones.com.