Lat­est travel prod­ucts make get­ting away a lot eas­ier

Boston Herald - - ROADTRIP - By MOIRA Mc­CARTHY

No mat­ter your age or your des­ti­na­tion, com­fort and ease are es­sen­tial for an awe­some jour­ney. That's why tools of the travel trade — the ones that re­ally work — are so worth find­ing. With that in mind, here is my some­what an­nual take on new travel items that make the go­ing great:

Briggs & Ri­ley Tran­scend VX: Which suit­case to choose? The larger one that gives you room to bring home some good­ies or the smaller one that just fits what you need to bring? How about both in one sin­gle suit­case. We've all seen suit­cases with an outer zip­per that al­lows them to ex­pand. The Tran­scend VX takes that con­cept to a new level. In­side, there are four sim­ple clips to leave closed for a reg­u­lar-sized suit­case. Click them open and your space in­creases ex­po­nen­tially. The Tran­scend VX can in­crease up to 2 A inches in depth, and with­out fuss­ing with clunky zip­pers. It also fea­tures er­gonom­i­cally de­signed soft grip han­dles, a Smart Link Sys­tem for at­tach­ing bags to one an­other and SpeedThru pock­ets to hold small items at check points. For me, it's a smaller bag on the way to my des­ti­na­tion and a larger one, hold­ing all my trea­sures, on the way home. And get this: Briggs & Ri­ley is the only com­pany to of­fer a life­time re­pair guar­an­tee, mean­ing not only can you use one bag in place of two, but it will be a long, long time be­fore you need to re­place it. From $429 to $529, briggs-ri­ley. com.

The Dream­pad Pil­low: De­spite hav­ing been a world traveler for a long time, I just can­not seem to sleep well in

ho­tels or on planes. The cul­prit? Pil­lows. They just never seem to feel right. That was, un­til the Dream­pad Pil­low came into my life. Eas­ily trans­portable, this ther­a­peu­tic smart pil­low links to an app on your phone and plays — so qui­etly even your neigh­bor on a plane won’t hear it — soft, re­lax­ing mu­sic to lull you to sleep. You feel the mu­sic, too, thanks to the pil­low’s soft vi­bra­tion. Easy to set up, a snap to pack and cov­ered with a smooth cover, the Dream­pad Pil­low helps you on the road and at home as well. It’s a must-bring for me on the road, par­tic­u­larly on long flights. From $129 to$179, dream­pad

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Pon­cho Towel: Now that I’ve en­tered the ex­cit­ing world of grand­par­ent­ing, I’m re­minded of how hard it can be to travel with kids in tow. So many things you need, so few items you can do with­out. I love the Sonoma Pon­cho Towel for my grand­daugh­ter be­cause it serves mul­ti­ple pur­poses. It’s an adorable beach or resort cover up — the fringe edges and pat­terns are fashion for­ward. It’s a towel with an ab­sorbent liner that soaks up wa­ter when you pop it over your lit­tle one’s head. And it’s fluid — pop it on and let them run and play as they dry off; no more need to bur­rito wrap them in a towel and stop them from ac­tiv­ity while they dry. Best of all, it’s made of a 70 per­cent sus­tain­able bam­boo and 30 per­cent cot­ton blend. There’s even a deep pocket for seashells and other trea­sure found along the way. From $35 to $57, kind­

Your Li­brary Card: That’s right, your li­brary card can help you have an amaz­ing travel ex­pe­ri­ence. Here’s how: John Stein­beck wrote dozens of books and earned the No­bel Prize. But did you know that he lived in Sag Har­bor, Long Is­land, and hung out at Baron’s Cove, where his fa­vorite drink was the Jack Rose? Now you do, and with your li­brary card, you can sleep — and drink — like he did. Baron’s Cove is cel­e­brat­ing Stein­beck’s 116th birth­day, when guests who show a li­brary card dur­ing Fe­bru­ary not only re­ceive a spe­cial room rate of $116, but also two free Jack Rose cock­tails. There’s a Birth­day Bonus: Stay the night of Feb. 27 with the Stein­beck pack­age for $116 and get a $100 din­ing credit in cel­e­bra­tion of the au­thor’s ac­tual birth­day (yes, that means it’s a $16 stay). The ho­tel even has dog-friendly rooms. Grab your fa­vorite Stein­beck edi­tion and your li­brary card for this fun deal, baron­

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SAG HAR­BOR SOIREE: Literary le­gend John Stein­beck loved Baron’s Cove in Sag Har­bor, N.Y., above left, which of­fers the Jack Rose cock­tail, above.

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