Safety and health are priorities for travelers and that’s what several of these products are about. Travel is also about convenience and fun; hence the other products. And take note: The season for gift-giving is not far away, so think about those travelers on your list. Here we go:
The name of this product is humorous, but its purpose is deadly serious. The Glammer Hammer by Blingsting could be the lifeline that allows escape from a car following an accident. The safety tool features a carbide reinforced steel tip capable of breaking car windows, and a protected blade that can cut through jammed seatbelts. The flat end of the hammer clears glass to allow for a safe exit. Glammer Hammer comes with an elastic band so you can attach the tool to the visor for quick access. Available in five metallic colors. $25. www.blingsting.com.
Also from Blingsting, the Ahh!-larm, a “personal alarm system” designed with women in mind. It’s easy to use; just press the red button to activate the annoyingly loud chirping sound (115 decibels). Also has an LED flashlight. Uses replaceable 12 volt A23 battery. Comes with a clip to attach to purse, backpack or dog leash, or use as a keyring. Available in heart, bow and gem shapes and several glitter colors. $25. www.blingsting.com.
Proven Insect Repellent
Finding a comfortable and effective bug repellent is not easy – not to mention one that is not harmful to users or the environment. The makers of Proven Insect Repellent believe they’ve developed the right formula that delivers on all counts. Reviewers give DEET-free Proven, which uses the non-toxic, black-pepper-based ingredient called picaridin, high marks. It’s safe for children 2 months and up and pregnant women, and is safe to use with outdoor gear made of plastic and metal. Generally lasts 12 hours without re-applying. Effective against mosquitos, ticks, black flies and a whole bunch of other bugs. Comes in odorless and gentle scent in plastic bottles and easy-to-pack tubes. https://provenrepellent.com.
Traveling with babies is always a challenge, especially when it comes to hauling all the needed accoutrements. It can get to be quite a load. Enter the momkindness Change-It-Up Clutch – an attractive diaper bag that looks like a purse. No one would suspect that this clutch holds diapers, changing pad and wipes. Don’t have a baby? This clutch still works well for storing all those travel necessities that need to be close at hand. Features a cross-body strap and comes in black and brown. $40. www.momkindness.com.
Cape Town Slacks on the Go
Yes, there is an “everything pants” – one that serves the need for dress-up, casual and even lounge wear. The Cape Town Slacks on the Go by Cindy Karen take up little space in a suitcase or backpack and need no ironing. Lightweight and comfortable, reviewers say they work even in Texas heat. The tie is wide and non-binding. Fabric is 92% polyester, 8% Spandex. Available in black, brown, olive and navy. $139. https://cindykaren.com/products/cape-town.
‘The Red Bandanna’
Do you long to travel but can’t decide where to go and how to do it? Attorney-turned-luxury-travel-advisor Joanne Socha has written “The Red Bandanna Travel Book: The Medicine of Traveling” to give direction and help readers on their way. The author reveals painful personal moments and how travel was the antidote. “Red Bandanna” also is a workbook in which readers answer questions, write down their personal dreams and goals, and use their challenges, memories and preferences to create treasured journeys that are fun and meaningful. The process of planning might be as insightful as the actual trip. Price starts at $15 for e-book. Available on Amazon. https://joannesocha.com.
KeySmart Compact Key Holder
Carrying around a ton of keys is a pain in the pocket. Gadget-maker KeySmart has solutions. Choose from several versions of key holders, all designed to eliminate bulk and inconvenience. Pictured is the U.S. Army Premium Compact Key Holder that accommodates up to 14 keys, and comes with pocket clip and bottle opener. Some key holders come with tracking devices, flashlights and other accessories. Prices range from about $23 to $39. Check out all models at http://getkeysmart.com.
E’Louise Ondash is a veteran, award-winning journalist who was an investigative reporter, feature writer and columnist for the Times Advocate and the North County Times. She has written travel features for The Coast News since 2003.