Whether adventuring to a weekend getaway, across the country or around the world, travelers need luggage and accessories. These should be built with a goal of lessening stress and hassles by providing smart solutions to a host of packing and travel scenarios. Here are several new travel goods that I like to have with me.
Until I found TravelEyez ($24.95-$29.95), I’d often find myself digging around the bottom of my bag in search of car keys, smartphone, credit card or ID, portable charger and cables, eye, reading or sun glasses – you name it. These are super handy and hands-free zip cases that connect together and attach to a purse or bag handle to keep these essentials in sight and at your fingertips.
Sold in sets of two, the lightweight, easy-to-use cases are made of machine-washable black mesh accented in a choice of six zipper colors: purple, yellow, orange, electric black, pink and green. A fully lined eyeglass case in leather will soon join the line. You can connect as many sets together as needed to keep small items organized and accessible. www.TravelEyez.com
The new and improved ID Collars on LollyZip’s patented and space-saving Silicon Squeeze Bottles ($8.95) were developed by popular demand – and I love the latest innovation because it eliminates the guesswork from bottled grooming supplies. Simply twist or turn to see the printed ID label: “Shamp.,” “Cond.,” “Lotion,” “Sun,” “Soap.”
No more washing your hair with lotion or rubbing conditioner into your hands; these ID collars are much easier to operate and much more legible than LollyZip’s original ID collars. Plus, the FDA-approved, no-leak bottles are sleek, easy to fill and easy to squeeze. www.lollyzip.com
H&K The Poppet Company presents the ultimate wardrobe hack with its P.W.D. Packable Wrap Dress ($169), a soft and slinky little number in black with empire waist, sweetheart neckline, three quarter ruched sleeves and side pockets.
Need a quick change? Pull this wrinkle-resistant dress from its attached water-repellent, tear-proof pocket, slip it on and voila! – you can go from beach to boardroom, the day’s touring to dinner with a split-second transformation that rivals that of Superman. Made in the USA, the machine-washable dress is available in sizes extra small to extra large and sits just below the knee. http://pocketpoppet.com
With a whopping 11 pieces in this lightweight softside collection, Ricardo Beverly Hills’ Mar Vista 2.0 ($59.99-$169.99) has the perfect piece of luggage no matter where I’m going or how long I’ll be gone. Totes, backpack, carry-ons, spinner uprights and garment bags come in a variety of sizes and in a fun and sophisticated color palette of black, midnight paisley, mystic green palm and Moroccan blue. My fave piece? The 17-inch International carry-on in Moroccan blue.
The collection offers some stand-out packing- and travel-enhancing features: an RFID interior zip pocket to protect personal data; a scratch-free microfiber-lined laptop compartment; a TSA-friendly snap-out pouch for water-resistant storage of toiletries; an on-door pocket for stowing small items; and expandability – those souvenirs have to go someplace! Additionally, a number of bags have a zippered floating partition that creates separate compartments and a suiter system to keep clothes in place and wrinkle-free.