What's New, What's Hot: July 2015


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There is still plenty of summer left and the following items might enhance your enjoyment of it:

Midway Weekender Bag: This functional and attractive travel bag has a lot going for it, including such unique features as exterior reflective straps that can hold a jacket, raincoat and/or umbrella, thereby freeing up interior space; a reflective, detachable (from side snaps) shoulder strap in addition to traditional tote straps; and a bottom, zippered compartment for shoes, bathing suit or whatever else you may want to store there. Made of a weatherproof vegan material with faux leather accents, the Midway Weekender, which checks in at 16 by 13 by 7.5 inches, also has a zippered top closure with double pulls, a zippered front change pocket, a back patch pocket, abundant interior pockets, reflective accents on the front for nighttime visibility, a polyurethane lining and a rear pocket that slips over the handle of a roller-board suitcase. It is available from Po Campo, which specializes in bike, yoga and casual travel bags, in stripes or umber. $95; www.pocampo.com.

Fivesse Beach Tote: Roomy enough to accommodate and protect from sand, sun and sea the necessities of the entire family, this bag from Fivesse stands apart for its water-resistant, creatively labeled interior pockets that whimsically include one reserved for sea shells or other beachy souvenirs. Other pockets, each with their own logo tabs, are designated for reading materials, cell phone, credit and key cards, snacks, toiletries, sun screen, valuables and a water bottle. Attractive and functional rope handles complete the picture. $78 to $86, depending upon design and materials; www.fivesse.com.

Packable Pail: This collapsible, space-saving silicon bucket fits easily into a suitcase or, better yet, a beach bag. Kids will love it for building sand castles, mud pies or collecting sea shells, while adults can find any number of uses for it, including as an on-the-go dog dish. FDA food safe and BPA free, this product is washable, foldable and durable, and comes in a variety of colors. Dimensions: 8.5 wide by 6.5 inches high, collapsible to 2 inches. $11.99, including white sand shovel; www.packablepails.com.

Traveler by Toms Sunglasses: These sunglasses and summer fun seem made for each other. With resilient, durable and flexible frames that offer comfort, fit and style, the Traveler series offers a unique soft-touch finish for a rubberized feel that can withstand rough-and-ready use, casual storage in a beach bag, purse or shirt pocket. Fitted with impact-resistant, polycarbonate lenses, the Traveler comes in two styles, Dalston for men and Florentin for women, and are both available in several colors. $78; www.toms.com.

Real X Cooling Cap: Can't take the heat? This topper from Real X Gear enables you to keep a cool head when those around you are letting off steam in tropics-like weather. Activated by dunking in water, the cap turns 20 degrees cooler than the ambient temperature. The cap comprises two cooling fabrics, a breathable outer layer and a PVA layer that evaporates slowly to keep the wearer comfortable. In short, dunk it, wring it and wear it. $20; www.realxgear.com.


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