Travel Gear

New travel gear & gadgets

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The latest designs in luggage and the newest ideas for travel gadgets were on display for three days at the International Travel Goods show in Las Vegas last week.

For CNBC.com, I put together a slide show of the product innovation award- winners and several other items that caught my eye. Here are some samples…

4_Arm-share

Tired of fighting over who gets to use those middle armrests on the airplane? The inventor of the Arm-Share gadget thinks he’s got a solution figured out.

1_OrgoLite

“Boutique” hotel often equates to “no room for your stuff in the bathroom.”
The Orgo Lite inventors came up with a solution for that: an expandable cosmetic kit that can sit over the sink.

5_Baseball bag

Sports fans can carry their gear in bags made out of the same material used to make basketballs, golf balls, soccer balls and baseballs – stitching included. From Zumer Sport.

8_Walter + Ray BendyMan Flashlight and stand

Fun, inexpensive and useful – the quirky and colorful Bendy Man from Walter + Ray is a flashlight and a gadget holder in one.

Cool travel gear at the International Travel Goods Show

The latest in luggage, travel gear and gadgets-for-those-on-the-go was on display this week at the 2015 International Travel Goods Show in Las Vegas.

Here are just a few of my favorite items that were out on the floor.

1_Playluggage Blocks_courtesy Playluggae

The designers at Estonia-based Playluggage want their luggage to be a “dependable and trustworthy partner for the craziest adventures.” They’re on the right track with suitcases that have surfaces that double as game boards for backgammon, Chinese checkers, chess, poker and Parcheesi, a model that comes with erasable markers and a covering you can draw on and this new design, which has a surface compatible with Lego-style blocks.

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Hotel butlers unpack and repack luggage for well-to-do guests. The rest of us must do all that ourselves. The Shelfpack (MSRP: $349) from McKaba Luggage may be a good in-between option.

The idea: organize you outfits on the collapsible shelves built inside the suitcase, push the shelves into the suitcase and then pop them back up on arrival to form an instant dresser.

For more fun stuff from the 2015 International Travel Goods Show, see my slide-show on CNBC

Would you use this? A bra with pockets.

I know someone who stores her mobile phone in her bra cup and I have to admit it’s a bit odd to be out in public with her and have her reach in there to answer a call.

But for those who like to travel light and keep a close watch on cash, credit cards, keys and passports, the idea of jackets, skirts and shirts with hidden pockets and underwear with hidden pouches seems like a great idea.

That is, if you can remember where you’ve put things and – with the underwear – if you don’t store things in there that you’ll need to access often when you’re on the go.

I saw a fair number of products with secret pockets at the Travel Goods show in Las Vegas last February, but only recently heard from the team that came up with the JoeyBra right here in Seattle.

The concept: it’s a bra with side pockets large enough to store a smartphone, a credit card, an iPod and a car key and comes in both fashion and sports models in real bra sizes.

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I’ve got one to test out, but would like to know if you’d use this and, if so, how and when?

JoeyBraFashion Coral Dress and Phone