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Travel Accessories From the Travel Goods Show

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There were so many fabulous new travel goods items introduced at the 2017 International Travel Goods Show (held in early April in Las Vegas) that I wanted to share more. Here are several sure to bring comfort and joy (and a smile and a sigh) to travelers worldwide.


 

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There were so many fabulous new travel goods items introduced at the 2017 International Travel Goods Show (held in early April in Las Vegas) that I wanted to share more. Here are several sure to bring comfort and joy (and a smile and a sigh) to travelers worldwide.

 

 

Inspiring travelers to do the happy dance are the new fresh and fun patterns on the cases in the SMILEY World collection. Lightweight, rugged and expandable, these easy-to-roll cases have double multi-directional wheels and a positive attitude with SMILEY World’s latest original emojis: Celebration and Stealth.

 

 

SMILEY World Celebration cases are covered in the irrepressible smiley faces in a rainbow of bright colors on a glossy white background. Stealth cases pair smiley faces and slang like OMG, L8R and GR8. Cases are equipped with integrated TSA-accepted locks and have fully lined interiors imprinted with “Smiley World.” Collections include 22-inch carry-ons ($99.99) and 26- and 30-inch checked pieces ($124.99/$139.99).

 

 

In light of recent, ahem, events aboard various airplanes, this may be just the bag to bring on your next trip as it is sure to elicit smiles from everyone, from TSA screeners to fellow passengers to the sometimes overzealous flight attendants. And there’s no way a baggage handler could be anything but smitten with your SMILEY World bag grinning up at him from the baggage cart.

 

 

Yes, an inch or two really can make all the difference in personal comfort on an airplane – especially on those long-haul flights. Use the Travel PAL Footrest ($39.99) to help combat leg, hip and spine discomfort caused by seats that are the wrong height.

 

 

Angled to keep feet and legs in the most comfortable and ergonomic position, the footrest is self-inflating to the desired level of support, thanks to an innovative foam center that naturally expands on contact when air enters through the intake valve. It is lightweight, compact and portable, and deflates easily and quickly.

 

 

Ladies, this one’s for you: Open up Big Skinny Wallets’ Slimvelope ($32.95), a stylish tri-fold wallet that’s fashionable enough to do double duty as an evening clutch, to find an abundance of non-slip pockets.

 

 

A mere .27 inches thick, the Slimvelope features a high-tech nylon microfiber construction on the inside with top-grain cowhide leather on the outside. The exterior has a magnetic snap closure and a full-sized zippered pocket; the interior boasts two checkbook-sized billfolds, two clear plastic ID card pockets and eight extra-wide card pockets that each hold three to five credit cards.



The Slimvelope also makes a great passport holder. I slip mine inside between the ID and credit card pockets and it maintains its svelte shape while keeping my passport handy. It is available in five colors, including coral, purple, blue, gray and black.

 

 

Hedgren has the perfect size bag for those weekend getaways and 1- to 2-night business trips that require bringing your laptop along. The slim Trolley Boarding 20-inch Carry-On Spinner ($260) features an easy-access computer pocket that accommodates a 15-inch laptop. Not only that, I’ve packed my cords and cables, work docs – even a book – into this pocket. The bag’s main packing compartment has plenty of room for the clothing you’ll need, grooming items and a pair of shoes.

 

 

The patterned case exterior is ridged and features a recessed TSA-accepted combination lock. The fully lined interior has two zippered pockets, including one mesh, and tie-down straps. A liquids travel pouch is included.

 

 

From Hedgren’s Transit collection, the case is lightweight and sturdy in polycarbonate and has four silent spinner wheels. Collection colors include black, tornado gray, snorkeled blue and purple passion.

 

Kathy Witt

 

 May 12, 2017

 

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Come on, get happy – and join the SMILEY travel revolution.

Photo: ATM

 

The Travel PAL Footrest has a water-resistant surface and comes with a lifetime warranty.

Photo: HB Travel PAL

 

The Slimvelope is the prettiest wallet a passport has ever been slipped into.

Photo: Big Skinny Wallets

 

Hedgren’s Trolley Boarding S 20-inch Carry-On Spinner fits in the overhead compartment of most airlines.

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