As a traveler, I find that I become obsessed with travel products, especially those that I know will make my traveling life less complicated. I have tested many products over the years, and while some don’t make the cut, others have become staples when I hit the road. In order for a travel product to make its way into my heart, it has to combine convenience with style.
While attending the Travel Goods Show in Las Vegas, I was reminded of a few of my old favorites, while I was also introduced to a large list of products I had no idea existed. Some are new and will hit the shelves in a few months, while others have been around a bit longer. Still, there were several products that made their mark on me during the show. These are just a few of my favorites:
I cannot remember the last time I have been this excited about a piece of luggage, and I am someone who loves a new travel bag. What makes this one stand out are all its features, as well as its sleek design. Without even knowing what it is capable of, I was drawn to the style, especially the blue accents on the black bag. But, the features are the best part; my favorite has to be the built in USB charger. Even though airports have charging stations, they are often crowded or broken, so having my own personal charger on my suitcase would make my life so much easier. In addition to the charger, there is GPS, a lock, and built in scale. Talk about having everything in one sleek package.
Hidesign has been around since 1978, and while they also make handbags, shoes, sunglasses, belts and wallets, the stand out for me is their luggage collection. It’s full of classic leather pieces that bring style back into travel. The Indian company quickly won over my heart as I admired the bags in their booth and even more so after I tried out one of their duffel bags on my way home from Vegas. The bags have simple designs with convenient pockets and storage, plus their design makes them as stylish as they are practical. I’m looking forward to bringing this bag along with me on my next two adventures.
I despise travel pillows, and even though I usually can fall asleep on the plane, I often wake up with neck pain. It’s been impossible for me to find something that works until I met with Bullrest at the travel show. Their pillow looks nothing like those clunky u-shaped pillows people wear around their neck or have dragging by their suitcase in the airport. Instead, they resemble a pair of ski googles and are about the size of them. It’s 80% smaller than a traditional pillow, made with memory foam, and helps better align the neck during travel. They aren’t available until early summer, but you can bet I plan on getting myself one.
While in transit, I am usually worried about traveling with my passport and money. Because of this, I am always looking for solutions to keep my belongings close to me. The Travel Bra seems like the ideal solution to keeping my items close to my heart. Not only is the bra super soft, made from organic cotton and bamboo, but it also has several pockets for belongings, like cash, credit cards, and passport. I know it’s the perfect accessory for my adventurous travels.
What I like about the HomingPIN is that it replaces traditional luggage tags. I’ve always hated putting my address on my bag and HomingPIN eliminates the need for this. Instead, you are given a unique number, which you register ahead of time, and it’s your new identification tag for your luggage. If your bag becomes misplaced or lost, someone can log on to HomingPIN’s website and enter the code. Aside from the tags, they also include stickers that you can put on your other valuables, such as your camera, iPhone, or laptop. It’s an easy way to ensure that someone can find you if your valuables have been lost.
Falling asleep on a plane is never easy. Not only is it uncomfortable, but it’s difficult to get those really dark conditions that make it ideal for sleeping. I’ve gone through my fair share of eye masks and none of them have been comfortable enough to help me sleep. That’s where Occles come in. They create a suction around the eyes to allow for black out conditions even while your eyes are open. Even with my long eyelashes, they were extremely comfortable and I plan on bringing them along with me, especially on long or overnight flights where sleep is essential.
I don’t often check my luggage, but when I do I suddenly become paranoid that it is going to get lost or stolen. Trakdot puts the traveler’s mind at ease because this device texts you when your luggage arrives at your destination. You can download the accompanying app if you want to, but you don’t have to because it will text you either way. As someone who never has enough room on her phone, I love that I have this option. I am planning on using it on one of my upcoming adventures and am looking forward to seeing how it works.
Health and Beauty
Clean, ready-to-wear, one size fits most underwear are a dream come true for anyone who has been in a situation where they need a fresh pair. From an unexpected night out to a long day of traveling, the idea of having the option to put on a clean pair of underwear is a dream come true, and I know I’d like to see every store with these in stock. You never know when you’re going to be in a situation where a clean pair of underwear can basically save the day.
The first thing I thought when I discovered these wipes was that I wish I had had them on my Appalachian Trail backpacking trip and at yoga teacher training in India, when showers weren’t always an option. Not only do they smell good, but they are made without alcohol or parabens and are biodegradable. They have body wipes and wipes for down there for both men and women. I can see these being added to my bag during my adventures around the world, and it’ll be nice to replace my usual baby wipes with something a bit more grown up.
Products that make my life easier are some of my favorites, which is why I was so excited about the Toob toothbrush. It’s a toothbrush, a case, and refillable toothpaste tub all in one. While I realize it’s ideal for travel, this is also another product I can’t wait to take along with me on my outdoor adventures. Just having everything in one place makes it so much more convenient, especially when you have limited room.
As soon as I learned about Travelan, my mind thought back to my birthday in India, the only day I got sick during my seven weeks away. But had I been taking these pills that protect the digestive tract, I wouldn’t have spent my entire birthday sick in bed. The product has antibodies that support and maintain gastrointestinal and digestive tract health and work to prevent traveler’s diarrhea.
This company is a female traveler’s best friend. They have single use, biodegradable wipes for everything from mouth cleansing sheets to surface sheets, and even deodorant wipes. No matter where you find yourself, you can always make sure you are feeling your cleanest with one swipe. I can see these being especially useful after a long travel day when there’s no real time to freshen up.
These were just some of the many products I discovered while attending the Travel Goods Show and over the next few weeks, I’ll be testing a few of them out. Stay tuned to find out how they work when I bring them out on the road with me.