What's New, What's Hot is Travel Weekly's look at useful and fun travel gadgets, edited by Joe Rosen. Click here or on the image to open a slideshow of all of the featured products for September.
MyFlyBag Personalized Carry-On: This sturdy polycarbonate/ABS carry-on has all the standard features you would expect to find in a high-end, 20-inch, 7-pound spinner with one major and remarkably engaging difference: You can customize its entire back shell with a picture from your own digital library of a loved one or pet (or a corporate logo), add text and choose our own background colors. The imprinted image, including top, bottom and sides, measures about 24.5 inches high by 18 inches wide. Guaranteed: You won't mistake your bag with someone else's. One young mother, confronted with a MyFlyBag carry-on emblazoned with a picture of her 5-month-old son, exclaimed, "It is so beautiful it makes me want to cry." Incidentally, the bag, which also comes in a 20-inch version, features a luggage tag also carrying your chosen image. 20-inch, $149.99; 24-inch, $179.99; www.myflygear.com.
Vero Vellini Contour Binocular Sling: Not only will your binoculars or camera cease to be a literal pain in the neck with the addition of this padded and hand-stitched brown leather strap, you will look to be the professional sportsman or sportswoman when using this classy and practical travel accouterment on your next soft adventure or walk on the wild side. Slide proof and evenly balanced, the sling is made of premium-grade leather, is UV- and IR-light resistant, and, according to Vero Vellini, is "weather- and temperature-proof and engineered to survive the roughest hunting conditions." Guess it should really hold up during a weekend at Disney World. $99.99; www.pioneer-research.com/verovellini.asp.
Nomad Cable: Designed to be worn on a keychain so as to be always at hand, the Nomad Cable, made by Kero, can both charge and sync mobile devices at work, at home, on vacation and in the car. The flexible, rubber cable is 3 inches long and has interlocking caps to protect the charger itself. The Nomad Cable has a version for all Apple iOS devices that use a Lightning plug and a micro USB-to-USB one for Android users. Both are available in blue, gray and white. iPhone, $24.99; Android, $14.99; www.keroproducts.com.
Wallet Ninja: Apparently fashioned for the stealthy ninja warrior who wants to make your life easier rather than end it with a swift karate chop, this handy tool is small and flat enough to fit into your wallet without taking up more room than a credit card yet all the same boasts 18 usable tools, any one of which can come in handy when you least expect it. The 18 "tools" are: bottle opener, can opener, letter opener, nail puller, box opener, cellphone stand, fruit peeler, four screw drivers, inch ruler, centimeter ruler and six hex wrenches. That actually adds up to 19, but the cellphone stand requires a credit card or the like as a backing so the company behind this thing apparently doesn't want to claim credit where credit isn't really due. By the way, the Ninja Wallet is TSA-approved for carry-on; not sure about real ninjas, however. $9.99; www.walletninja.com.
SKITS Smart Case: A perfect accessory for the well-connected traveler, the Smart Case combines function and fashion in a lightweight (8 ounces) kit that measures only 7.5 by 7 by 1.5 inches. Designed specifically to house cords, cables and other high-tech accessories, the case offers four soft, see-through pouches; expandable elastic pocket separators; a multi-layered, water-resistant material; zippers; side gussets for extra space; and an attached loop hang. $49.95; www.reliefpod.com.
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