What's New, What's Hot: March 2020

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WaveCast Portable Bluetooth Transmitter: This innovative and practical travel accessory enables you to connect wireless headphones, AirPods and the like to an inflight entertainment system that typically does not have Bluetooth connectivity, thus eliminating the cable that otherwise tethers you to a plane's AV output. Paww, which manufactures this product in addition to a wide array of excellent headphones, says that the WaveCast produces an "immersive audio experience" with no lag. Once fully charged, this 5.0 Bluetooth transmitter delivers up to 10 hours of continuous sound. And if staying home continues to be the order of the day, the WaveCast can be used to connect to your TV or gaming device. $49.99; https://www.mypaww.com/products/wavecast.

Crossbody Phone Pocket: Casery, a manufacturer of useful travel accessories, is out with this vegan pocket designed to accommodate most smartphones. The phone pocket comes with a clip-on rose gold chain that turns it into a small crossbody purse. The product has room for four credit cards and has a snap closure for security. It is available in black, silver and rose gold. $40; https://thecasery.com/collections/bags-accessories.

Backgammon Baby Travel Backgammon Sets: Even if you don't know how to play the game or recognize its nomenclature, what better time to learn the basics than now when even the most peripatetic of travelers are becoming temporary homebodies. These colorful and easily portable sets -- when closed they resemble attractive attache cases -- are just the vehicle for would-be or experienced players in that they boast designer fabrics and upscale game pieces. Materials used include vegan leather, resin (checkers), linen (dice bar) and faux suede. A companion to these sets, a roll-up set, is also available. $229 to $429 (roll-up sets, $129); https://backgammonbaby.com.

Proven Insect Repellent Sprays and Lotions: Proven says that its DEET-free, 12-hour spray and 14-hour lotion offer long-lasting protection from biting insects. The primary active ingredient is Picaridin, which, according to the company, is recommended by the EPA, CDC and World Health Organization for such use. Both the spray and the lotion are odorless or scented as desired, non-greasy, non-toxic to wildlife and fish and, according to the CDC, safe for women who are pregnant and breast feeding. Insects repelled include ticks, mosquitos, black flies, gnats, chiggers, sand flies and biting midges. The sprays and lotions are available in 6-ounce dispensers. $10.95; https://provenrepellent.com.

Omni Power UV + Cordless Vacuum: While you might not ordinarily consider a vacuum a travel product, the Omni Power qualifies as such for use in vacation homes and RVs, both of which might prove to be popular alternatives to traditional travel for flight-averse persons in the months to come. Consider the following: The Omni Power UV, as its name suggests, features a sanitizing head with a UV light designed to kill bacteria and viruses while rendering dust mite eggs unhatchable. In addition, a four-stage filtration system includes washable filters, among them a HEPA filter that Raycop, a Japan-based company with North American headquarters in San Francisco, maintains captures 99.9% of allergens. The vacuum also boasts three suction levels, a dual motor brush head (each with its own motor), a removable battery that can be charged separately and a convenient mounting rack. $379.95; https://raycop.com/omni-power/

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