Travel can be tough on families — between knowing what to pack, weather putting a wrench in your plans, getting hangry from limited options and not having enough time in between connections to grab food — these four new products can keep you sane on your next journey:
April showers bring May flowers, but they can also be a pain for travelers. The solution? A vibrant umbrella that’s utilitarian and a great travel accessory. The makers of La Bella Umbrella are known for colorful and fun designs, from sushi pieces to French dogs and slices of citrus. They also have designs of places around the world, including the Eiffel Tower, Budapest’s Parliament Building, the Taj Mahal, Japanese temples and cherry blossoms and the canals of Venice. The company features four umbrella types: automatic, manual, stick (with a large coverage area) and reverse, opening away from you, instead of toward, to keep you dry as you get into the car. They all tout windproof ribs made of flexible fiberglass that won’t snap in the wind; high-quality stitching to prevent ribs from detaching from the fabric; handles coated in rubber that won’t get sticky; and 300-thread count Pongee fabric. Travel umbrellas start at $30.
This new versatile shoe for men and women can take you from day to evening, and easily folds up into a suitcase, carry-on or backpack. Vegan-friendly and ultra-lightweight (you might not even know you are wearing them), the shoe’s wide toe box gives extra room for travel-weary feet and toes to breathe and avoid getting all jammed up. And zero-drop technology will keep your spine in line and your back feeling great no matter how far the day takes you. Lems Chukka Corduroy are available in three colors: green kush, moon dust and space jelly, for $120 a pair.
Engaging in outdoor activities like jet-skiing, boating, rock-climbing and zip lining comes with the concern of losing your sunglasses. Ombraz is a minimalist, armless sunglasses option equipped with polarized Zeiss optics that attaches to an adjustable cord to keep them secure and comfortable. You can throw a pair in a pocket or backpack and not worry about them, keep them on for hours without getting a headache and even wear them under a helmet. In addition, the glasses are completely carbon negative and the company plants 20 trees for every pair sold. Glasses start at $140 with free shipping and a lifetime warranty.
Beef jerky and similar products are the perfect protein-packed food to stash on long trips — they are shelf-stable, require no refrigeration and keep for a long time after opening. Old Trapper meat snacks are handcrafted from the most savory and highest-quality proteins, delivering a take-anywhere, healthy, low-calorie snack or meal replacement. They contain only lean meat, quality seasonings, real wood-fired smoke and a hands-on manufacturing method. Try beef jerky, beef steak slices or stick meat in flavors like traditional, peppered, teriyaki or hot & spicy, beginning at $24.
LEGOLAND New York Resort debuted its first Brick-or-Treat, a not-so-scary Halloween party built for kids! The event runs Saturdays and Sundays in October, 3–6 p.m., transforming each of the park’s seven LEGO-themed lands into family-friendly Halloween havens.
The Peninsula Beverly Hills makes staying in a suite even sweeter! Guests who book one of the hotel’s elegant suites are offered complimentary use of a luxury BMW for the length of their stay. While Beverly Hills has so much to offer, having a car gives you the freedom to see even more of Southern California, whether it is driving up the Pacific Coast Highway to Malibu, or continuing on, past Santa Barbara, to Santa Ynez wine country.
Kick-off the Christmas festivities Nov. 21 at Grand Geneva Resort and Spa. Welcoming guests of all ages, the entire family can participate in the resort’s annual Illumination Ceremony. This magical event celebrates the flipping of a switch for the spectacular light displays around the resort.
Located in Yardley Pennsylvania, Shady Brook Farm offers fun activities for families all year long, but really thrives in autumn. During fall, Shady Brook hosts plenty of activities for all ages.
Movies on the Potomac are back at National Harbor, in Maryland, offering a variety of Halloween classics during the entire month of October. Every Sunday, 4–6 p.m., National Harbor will show a free movie on the Waterfront Plaza big screen, located at 150 National Plaza.