What's New, What's Hot is Travel Weekly's look at useful and fun travel gadgets, edited by Joe Rosen. Click on the image to open a slideshow of all of the featured products for July.
Two duffels worth your consideration:
• Lipault's attractive two-wheeled carry-on features two comfortable handles, so it can be hand-carried like an oversize purse. Lightweight (4.3 pounds) and durable, the bag sports its own luggage tag, a mono-tube retractable handle and a slip-over strap for doubling up on a larger piece of luggage. Water-resistant and fully lined, the Lipault Duffel measures 10 by 10 by 20 inches, and the depth of its main zipped pocket is 10 inches. It also offers a zipped accessory exterior pocket. This bag comes in several eye-catching colors, among them chocolate, fuchsia, purple and aqua. $179; www.lipault.com.
• Crumpler's Medium Spring Peeper is 12.6 by 9 by 21.6 inches and tips the scale at 2.5 pounds. Utility is the calling card of this two-wheeled, water-resistant satchel (it is designed to stand vertically and horizontally), what with multiple storage areas that include a 40-liter zippered main compartment, a bifurcated zippered mesh pocket, a "wet pocket" to separate damp items from your other apparel and dual-strap compression to keep your folded things in place. Linking carry handles, a detachable strap with shoulder pad and a three-position, twin-tube handle complete the picture. Comes in brown, black or blue, with color-coordinated straps. $210; www.crumpler.com.
Scratch Map World Traveler: With this large and colorful, poster-sized world map, relive your favorite vacation, brag about your extensive travels without having to open your mouth and/or plan your next trip simply by scratching off the gold foil covering the places you have been. Once uncovered, the countries will be revealed in color on the map. Inveterate travelers will have a lot of colorful map to display and, hopefully, more to come. It should go without saying that this global peep show is suitable for framing. $24; www.scratchmap.org or www.bespokecustomgifts.com.
Lost and Found Dept.
• hipKey: This tiny device is designed to enable you to keep track of your carry-ons, backpacks, car keys, even your children by interacting with your smartphone. A three-quarter-moon-shaped disc tiny enough to be attached to an item (or child) of your choice, hipKey will alert you when you have left something important behind, when an object has been moved or wanders (in the case of a child) beyond a preset boundary or when a specific item is moved from a stationary position. Currently, hipKey only works with Apple devices. $89.95; www.hippih.com.
• iFi Smart Tag: Another cool way to track your valuables, both human and inanimate, is to literally tag them by wirelessly connecting this tiny electronic key fob to an iFi free app on an iPhone 4s or 5, Android phone, iPad 3 or Mini. Once items are tagged, an alarm will sound on the tag and on the phone when they are separated. In addition, the tag will beep if you forget to take your phone with you. If you somehow leave your valuables behind anyway, the iFi system will send you an email with the GPS coordinates of the lost items or phone. Apples iOS 5 and higher, $34.95; Android 3.2 and higher, $39.95; www.ifisystems.com.
• Travel Lost & Found Kit: Attach the durable, waterproof stickers found in this kit to the things you value while traveling and feel confident that you have a reasonably good chance to recover whatever you might lose in transit. Each tag is coded so that your identity remains confidential, but when scanned by a finder with a smartphone you will be alerted to its whereabouts. You can communicate with the finder anonymously via a dedicated server. They kit includes two large tags with straps suitable for luggage, one medium tag with a stainless steel ring for cameras and backpacks, two adhesive tags for cellphones and the like, and two adhesive tags for power cords. $24.95; store.findercodes.com.
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