What's New, What's Hot: December 2019


Fouta Harissa Textiles: The typically Tunisian "fouta," used as a hamman towel throughout the Mediterranean, has morphed into a lightweight, quick-drying blanket that can work to replace the one you no longer get for free on a plane, as a beach blanket or wrap, or as a useful carry bag. Made from hand-loomed 100% cotton yarn from Italy and sporting Brazilian-inspired patterns, the foutas are woven by experienced artisans at Fouta Harissa's atelier in Tunisia, and then knotted, tasseled and fringed. Because they are handmade, the blankets are unique in shape, size and color, with the classic size roughly 6.5 by 3 feet and the larger size 7 by 5 feet. They can be machine or hand washed in cold water. $79 and $105; https://www.foutaharissa.com

Scout Hidden Camera Detector: Vigilant travelers who want to protect their privacy in hotel rooms, guest houses, Airbnb bedrooms and bathrooms might be wise to investigate the potential of this new device, which promises to detect cameras surreptitiously placed to catch you in unguarded and potential embarrassing moments. It works by flashing six LEDs that when activated bounce light off the lenses of secreted cameras. It doesn't matter if the hidden devices are a CCTV camera, your own smartphone or a spy camera ... Scout can find it. How does it work? The wary just have to look through Scout's aperture and if they see a pinpoint of bright red light, a camera has been detected. Of course, it is then up to the successful snooper to remove that sucker from its hiding place and report the incident to the police. $99.99; https://www.spyguy.com/scout

Wynd Essential: A portable air purifier, the Wynd Essential is small enough to fit in your shoulder bag for travel but powerful enough to clear a hotel room of pollens, smoke, dust, dander, mold and germs. According to its manufacturer, the Wynd filters 99.99% of pollutants for up to three months, has a battery life of about 8 hours, is no bigger than a water bottle and weighs less than a pound. Features include fast cleaning time, a rechargeable battery, a medical grade filter and an app that allows the user to control the purifier from afar as well as check the local air quality from thousands of stations globally. $129.99; https://shop.hellowynd.com/products/essential

FEED X National Geographic Tote: National Geographic notes that you can do some good while enjoying the benefits of owning a handsome and practical tote bag that is branded by FEED, which was founded in 2007 by Lauren Bush to create products that help feed the world. Every FEED product is stamped with a number representing how many school meals are provided with its purchase. The tote, which is made from recycled water bottles, has a top zip closure, top carry handles, an exterior zip and side pockets and a print cotton lining. It measures 15.5 by 14 by 5.5 inches and is available in green, navy and ochre. $148; https://shop.nationalgeographic.com

Trtl Pillow Plus: If you are finding air travel literally a pain in the neck, this product might be for you. Promoted as "adjustable, ergonomic and breathable," the Trtl Pillow Plus offers soft cushioned support for your head and neck and height adjustability to enable you to find the perfect sleep position in an imperfect setting, whether in a plane, train, motorcoach or car. The machine washable pillow, which comes in charcoal gray, weighs 9 ounces and measures 8.3 by 6.7 by 3.1 inches, is easily transported in its own waterproof carry bag. $59.99; https://trtltravel.com


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