Getting ready for a big trip? We all know the hardest part is the long flight. Try out these latest travel gadgets and plan to arrive rested!
Kensington EVAP Wet Electronics Rescue Pouch: According to the manufacturer, two out of three smart phone users will get their equipment wet, and few things can be more of a wet blanket on a vacation or business trip than a soaked electronic brick. That’s when EVAP comes to the rescue with a unique drying agent designed to remove moisture from your disabled device and restore it to use. Kensington says that its EVAP kit is 700 times more effective than using that old standby, a box of rice. Here’s how it works: Dry off the device with a lint-free towel, sandwich it between the two silica pouches included in the EVAP pouch, replace them in the pouch and seal it, and then wait six to 24 hours until the included LED humidity indicator lights up to tell you your device is again ready for use. Weighing only 3.2 ounces, it is small enough to throw in your carryon whenever you travel. $14.99; www.kensington.com.
Zuca Flyer Travel Carryon: This durable bag features an exceptionally strong aluminum frame that includes a unique built-in platform (rated to safely support up to 300 pounds), a boon to travelers who can perch on the platform and use it as a very welcome seat when they are stuck in those inevitably long lines at airports. (An optional seat cushion is available from Zuca.) This limited edition carryon, which only comes in black, has a 41-inch, telescoping handle; five color-coded packaging pouches; a clear, TSA-compliant toiletry bag; an anti-theft travel cover; and 4-inch polyurethane wheels. Tale of the tape: dimensions, 20.5 by 14 by 9.65 inches; weight, 9.3 pounds; capacity, 1,989 cubic inches. $359; www.zuca.com.
Two products for wannabe sleepy-heads:
• NapAnywhere: This cleverly designed sleep aid should result in some badly needed shut eye for weary and uncomfortable passengers crammed into tight airline seats. Small enough to fit into a carryon, briefcase or medium-sized purse and weighing less than 8 ounces, NapAnywhere is a thin disk that folds over your shoulder, along the side of your neck, under your chin, under the side of your head and along the back of your neck. Sounds complicated, but it isn’t and the resulting origami-like twists and turns ultimately enable the product to support the weight of your head and consequently relax your neck muscles. The fabric-wrapped disc, which is available in a variety of colors, has a metallic alloy core that is embedded in soft foam. A strap is provided to keep NapAnywhere in place when you doze off. $59; https://napanywhere.net.
• Znzi Travel Pillow: Six embedded magnets enable a sleep-deprived traveler to form this plush pillow’s shape to adapt to virtually anyone’s comfort zone no matter the trim of a seat or mode of transportation. Let your imagination loose, then snap, roll or stick this pillow to form any configuration you find comfortable. Two suction cups enable easy window sitting. The Znzi pillow comes in a nylon travel bag that includes double straps and a clasp for sliding over luggage handles or clipping to a backpack or purse. Available in navy, plum and charcoal. $38.99; www.znzitravelstuff.com.
Heartmade Travel Wallet: Designed and made in Barcelona to carry coins, ID, credit cards and/or business cards, this lightweight, envelope-shaped wallet is small enough (11.5 cm by 7 cm) to fit easily in a pants pocket or purse without attracting the unwanted attention of light-fingered thieves and other human road hazards. The wallet, designed expressly for travelers, is made of high-quality suede leather and is available in a variety of colors, including, red, blue and green. $17; www.heartmade.es.
Oxgut BC Dopp Kit: Like all the handmade products from the Oxgut Hose Co., this toiletry kit for men is fashioned from repurposed, genuine fire hose salvaged from U.S. fire departments, which makes it both unique and ecologically sound. Durable and handsome, the kit is made from a white synthetic fire hose liner (with a navy blue stitch); has a clear, rubberized interior that requires no lining; sports blue rubber fire hose details on its exterior bottom; and has a black industrial zipper as well as an orange trim and loop for hanging. Its dimensions are 10 by 4 by 4 inches. $52; https://www.oxgut.com.