Here’s what debuted at the 2019 International Travel Goods Show
by Kathy Witt
It doesn’t seem possible that travel goods and gear can be continually upgraded, improved, refined and enhanced. Yet each year, travel goods manufacturers step up their game and do exactly that. Thousands of new items were unveiled at the 2019 International Travel Goods Show, held March 26 to 28 at the Las Vegas Convention Center – and each one showing off an innovation, a novel design detail or a reimagined something-something as manufacturers keep it fresh and real.
Keep valuables locked up no matter where you travel
From Lewis N. Clark comes the SafeBox Portable Safe, featuring locking technology and slash-resistant panels, the perfect pack-along for trips to the beach, at a hotel or on a cruise – even to a picnic at the park. Patent-pending with a flexible, durable design, the compact and lightweight safe can be attached to a pool chair, bench, fence, closet rod, golf cart, etc., locking your valuables safely within. A textured surface provides a better grip and slip resistance, and a waterproof-resistant exterior and interior liner keep smartphone, tablet, wallet, cash, keys, jewelry, passport, keys and other accessories safe and dry. SafeBox comes in three sizes – small/$29.99; medium/$39.99; and large/$49.99. www.lewisnclark.com
Socks with style – and security
Pocket Socks puts a feisty fashion foot forward with its new line of fun, funky and fabulous socks for savvy, safety-conscientious travelers. Offering a variety of colors and patterns, including stripes, peace signs, polka dots, pizza slices, camo and cherries, each sock is machine-knitted from soft combed cotton that feels like a hug for your feet. Each also features a hand-sewn zippered pocket in unique contrasting fabric designs. Tuck keys, cash and cards inside and travel lighter by leaving purse or wallet at home. Several styles are available, including Men’s and Women’s Fashion Crew/$19.95; Women’s Knee High Boot Socks/$21.95. www.pocketsocks.com
Relief for travel-worn feet
Meet Rollasole’s Active Line ($29.99), featuring sneakers that fold up and tuck neatly into a small carry-on. The perfect (and pretty) travel accessory for any woman on the go, the machine-washable sneakers let you travel in comfort and adorable style as you tramp through airport terminals and onward to your next adventure. Each pair of Rollasoles comes with a bag for stowing discarded heels. https://usa.rollasole.com
Reduce wallet weight and girth
Designed specifically to fit the latest taller smartphones and regular full-size point-and-shoot cameras, Big Skinny’s Expedition Crossbody Bag ($55) also swallows up passports, smaller purses and checkbooks, a stack of foreign currency, keys, lip gloss, hair ties, all the change fit to carry – even bug spray. It flexes to accommodate whatever you pack yet manages to stay sleek due to its super-thin nylon-microfiber nature. And it’s light enough that, even filled, it can trek with a light step through the mountains of Europe, sail smoothly through the oceans of the South Pacific or jaunt along wherever adventure takes you. www.bigskinny.net
The modern-day Mary Poppins bag
LiteGear’s 3-in-1 Gear Bag ($69.95) is the very definition of versatility. It can be packed to the max, then made compact by cinching it in at the sides and top. Travelers can style their carry three different ways: by the handles, the shoulder strap or the backpack straps. The bag has a roomy interior and multiple organizing pockets, including an RFID-protected pocket. Durable and functional, it makes an ideal personal item on the airplane as well as a great resort, beach or diaper bag. It is also eye-catching in a color palette of purple, blue and black. www.litegearbags.com
Hydrate on the go
HYDAWAY debuts a first-of-its-kind with its Collapsible Hydration Bottle with Integrated Water Filter ($39.95). Available in 18- and 25-oz sizes and nine vibrant colors, these unique, patented water bottles collapse down to just an inch and a half, which includes the built-in filter. Cruise through TSA checkpoints, then expand and fill the bottle; the carbon filter will remove taste and odors from any municipal water source, providing fresh-tasting water. www.hydawaybottle.com
The SafeBox Portable Safe from Lewis N. Clark keeps valuables safe on your travels.
Photo: Lewis N. Clark
Pocket Socks offer travel security and stylish comfort for your feet. Photo: Pocket Socks
Relax knowing all your stuff is close at hand with Big Skinny’s Expedition Crossbody Bag and protected against potential pickpockets with a full-zip top.
Photo: Big Skinny Wallets
Versatile carry, versatile bag – LiteGear’s 3-in-1 Gear Bag is the modern-day Mary Poppins bag
Photo: LiteGear Bags
Rollasole’s Active sneakers take up very little space in bag or brief but offer big relief to travel-worn feet.
HYDAWAY brings travelers a collapsible and free-standing water bottle.