New gear and gadgets for the road

For a piece on CNBC, I spent much of last week looking at the gear and gadgets companies are bringing with them to the Las Vegas this week for the annual trade event known as the International Travel Goods show – and at a few items that are new on the market but will not be featured at the show.

Here are a few of my favorites:

I usually leave a few lights on in my hotel room so I can figure out where I am in the middle of the night.  Talus has this handy Nightlight Charging Station ($19.99) that will work as a nightlight and as a place to charge my gadgets.

Icky restrooms are a hazard of traveling.  The Restroom Kit is a one-use portable packet that comes with an oversize toilet seat cover, 1 yard of 3 ply toilet paper, 1 hand wipe and 1 tush wipe.

Travel pillows come in all shapes and sizes and each year more models come to market. Two new products promising to solve the pesky bobbing-head problem on airplanes are Cabeau’s Evolution S3 pillow (above) which has a strap that attaches to the airplane seat headrest to keep your head from falling forward, and the nod2.0  from zdoze, which has cord clips that do the same.

Not at the show, but new on the market, is a travel-sized version of the Water Pik.

My dad was an early fan of the Water Pik flosser when the gadget was first introduced (sometime in the 1960s) and we always had one in the house when I was growing up.

The company recently introduced the 5X7 inch, travel-sized Water Pik Sidekick, so it is now possible (and, I’m sure my dad would say, advisable) to take this useful gadget on the road.


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