Travel December 2011

Destinations, product picks and getaway tips.

Alanna Weissman

Hair and Now
Allow your children to look good while you’re away with Le Baby hair gel and detangler. Formulated to suit sensitive skin and children’s manes, both products come in small containers compliant with airline carry-on protocol. Shop at to manage your tyke’s hair at home and wherever you venture.

Hot Shades
If you plan on vacationing in a sunny locale this winter, be sure to stop by Solstice. This high-end sunglasses retailer has an incredible selection that numbers more than 1,000 shades. Solstice also tends to get new designer styles before other retailers. For your peepers to be on trend and protected, go to

Cool Charger
In a hotel with a limited number of outlets, you can still charge all of your devices thanks to the IDAPT i4 Universal Desktop Charger. The compact gadget can charge up to four electronic devices simultaneously, is compatible with more than 3,500 brands and is available in nine attractive colors. To keep your electronics humming for hours, purchase the IDAPT i4 at

Presidential Sweet
With the December holidays and Presidents Day on the horizon, there’s ample time to vacation with the clan. Even if you’re staying close to home, honor past presidents with The Camping Trip That Changed America (Dial Books). The book by Barb Rosenstock portrays an important camping trip to Yosemite by President Theodore Roosevelt and naturalist John Muir. Share the historical picture book with your kids to entertain during travels or offer an escape through the written word.

Something Fishy
Put a fun spin on your vacation pictures with the Lensbaby Scout Fisheye Lens. With multiple options to give photos cool effects and versions to fit every major camera brand, the innovation has your snapshots standing out among other people’s traditional pictures. Buy it at camera specialty stores such as Adorama and B&H or online at

Bright Spot
Perfect for a family camping trip or a hiking expedition, the lightweight Joby Gorillatorch Switchback lights your way at night or on the trails. The compact lantern transforms readily into a head lamp for hands-free carrying. With up to 72 hours of battery life and adjustable levels of light, the easy-to-carry, trusted lantern is an indispensable asset during outdoor travels. Light the way at

This column appeared in the December 2011 issue.