Video: Billy's Tech Corner: Ovilus 5

Billy Tolley talks about the newest version of the Ovilus.
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Packing the Latest and Greatest

Whether you’re staying at a luxury resort, pitching a tent, hitting the road or traveling by air, you’ll need supplies. A sturdy suitcase, comfy pillow and the right phone charger can do wonders for your sanity away from home. Keep up with the latest in travel innovation and it’ll be smooth sailing (or driving, or flying).

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Wallaroo Breton Hat
Wallaroo Breton Hat

Wallaroo Breton Hat

For the mom off to sunny places … Fun, fashionable and featherweight, this travel hat blocks 97.5% of the sun’s UV rays. Plus, it rolls up tightly into any purse or suitcase. Now mom can stroll through the local farmers market in style. 960 1280

Jess Kugler  

Travel Decor

Travel Decor

For the mom who longs for a Roman holiday … remind her of all the great vacation memories with this print from Etsy. She’ll never forget how far your loves goes for her … or the amazing pizza you shared in Italy. (Other destinations also available.) 960 1280

Jeanne DeFauw  

Travel Tea Press

Travel Tea Press

For the mom who can't live without her tea … consider this functional travel tea press that will let her enjoy fresh tea away from home. Extra points if you remember her favorite tea flavor to include with the gift. 960 1280

Courtesy of The Republic of Tea  

Hang On Travel Case

Hang On Travel Case

For the mom who always travels in style … this ikat hanging travel bag from Stella & Dot can tote all her beauty essentials: "foam gloss to floss, rings to travel-sized things.” 960 1280

Courtesy of Stella & Dot  

Nook With GlowLight

Nook With GlowLight

For the mom who loves to read on the go … the Nook with GlowLight delivers. During long nighttime flights, mom can curl up with a good book -- powered by this ereader’s soft glow. It’s also the lightest Nook to date, ideal for long reading sessions. 960 1280

Barnes and Noble  

Mott Cross-Body Bag

Mott Cross-Body Bag

For the mom whose purse is a black hole … How many times has mom dug through her purse, endlessly looking for something important? This Mott cross-body bag is the perfect place for mom to store her most important travel items. 960 1280

Michelle Drewes  

Universal Adapter

Universal Adapter

For the globe-trotting mom … this little green adapter is essential -- and compatible in more than 150 countries. So, whether mom’s in China or Chennai she can plug in her hair dryer or juice up her camera battery. 960 1280

flight001.com  

Samantha Brown Luggage

Samantha Brown Luggage

For the mom who’s ready to roll … this Samantha Brown weekender bag doubles as a wheeled city bag. Plus, with a glazed croco-embossed exterior, mom will be rolling in style. 960 1280

HSN  

eKO SuperLite Travel Mat

eKO SuperLite Travel Mat

For the yoga-loving mom … this yoga travel mat provides superior grip and weighs just 2 pounds. Mom can keep up with her daily yoga routine … and have something to write ‘om’ about. 960 1280

Manduka  

LomoKino Camera

LomoKino Camera

For the shutter-bug mom … this camera ups the ante. Now mom can ditch the Flip-cam for something a little more artistic: a 35mm movie camera to shoot a movie of 144 frames. Very cinematic. 960 1280

Lomography  

Sofia Cashmere Travel Set

Sofia Cashmere Travel Set

For the cool mom … help her stay warm on long airplane flights (or long drives) with the Sofia cashmere travel set. Soft and snuggly, the set includes a 2-ply blanket and cashmere-lined eye mask. Just make sure no one takes mom’s picture while she’s sleeping. 960 1280

Sofia Cashmere  

LARK Silent Alarm

LARK Silent Alarm

For the mom looking to wake her potential … this silent alarm clock and sleep sensor will wake mom with silent, effective vibrations -- and help her track how well she sleeps courtesy of a wristband-monitor. 960 1280

LARK  

Bye, Mom!

Bye, Mom!

And once mom has all her goodies in hand … give her the gift of miles. Purchase miles online and send her an electronic gift card or have her print out a gift certificate. Mom can apply those miles toward any travel plan or trip upgrade … she’ll be singing your praises. 960 1280

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Stand-Up Paddleboard

Stand-Up Paddleboard

You don't need to be in Hawaii to experience summer's hottest trend: stand-up paddleboarding. An ancient form of surfing, it's now taking off all over the world since you can try it anywhere there’s water -- no waves required. 960 1280

ThinkStock  

Outdoor Movie Projector

Outdoor Movie Projector

Watch movies in your own backyard this summer. The WowWee Cinemin Slice Pico Projector lets you project any multimedia -- movies, video games, TV -- on a blank wall. 960 1280

WowWee  

High Heel Protector Cap

High Heel Protector Cap

Think you can't pack high heels for that outdoor wedding or party this summer? SoleMates, allows you to "put on your party shoes" without sinking into the grass. 960 1280

Jeffrey Weir Photography  

Emergency Portable Weather Radio

Emergency Portable Weather Radio

Remember getting caught in a storm while kayaking last summer? You told yourself you'd never let that happen again. With Oregon Scientific's Emergency Portable Weather Radio, you'll always be prepared for bad weather (and you'll always have tunes on-the-go). 960 1280

Oregon Scientific  

Underwater HD Video Mask

Underwater HD Video Mask

Capture crystal-clear video on your next snorkeling diving trip with this Scuba Series Underwater HD Video Mask. With your hands free, you'll be able to swim faster from the menacing-looking stingrays. 960 1280

Liquid Image  

Stowaway Backpack

Stowaway Backpack

Travel like the pros with the Kiva Bags Packing Genius Stowaway Pack -- a lightweight and comfortable pack that can be quickly stowed away in its own internal pouch. 960 1280

WWHITEDESIGN  

Pet Stroller

Pet Stroller

Even Fido needs a little break this summer. Treat your pup to a long and leisurely walk in this pet stroller by Pet Gear, Inc. 960 1280

Pet Gear, Inc.  

Portable Grill

Portable Grill

Grill on the go this summer with this portable grill from Cuisinart. Large enough to cook most family meals -- 8 steaks, 8 hamburgers, 6-10 chicken breasts, or over 4 pounds of fish -- you'll be able to feed the entire gang wherever you go this summer. 960 1280

Cuisinart  

Protective Case for Kindle

Protective Case for Kindle

Use your Kindle worry-free this summer at the beach or pool with the splash-proof KlearKase for Kindle. 960 1280

William Poole  

Waterproof Camera/Phone Case

Waterproof Camera/Phone Case

Protect your camera or cell phone against water with this tough vinyl waterproof bag by Austin House. The fold-over design locks to ensure contents stay dry, so you can have fun in the water with your summer essentials. 960 1280

TravelPro  

Cooler Speaker Tote

Cooler Speaker Tote

Keep your food cool and your music hot this summer with this canvas carry-all cooler from Pottery Barn. With its built-in speakers, you can play music from your smart phone or mp3 device. 960 1280

Pottery Barn  

Bocce Ball Set

Bocce Ball Set

Play a round of bocce at your cookouts this summer -- a perfect activity for outdoor family fun. 960 1280

Pottery Barn  

Meerkat, streaming video, app
1. Meerkat

1. Meerkat

If you thought it was cool to Skype or FaceTime with your friends or family members, wait until you live-stream your entire spring break in Cabo to the people you’re connected with on Twitter.

Meerkat (not the fuzzy animal native to Africa) turns your phone into a mobile webcam and live-streams your travel adventures with the press of a button. Suddenly, people are digitally right there with you, and the entire Twitterverse can tune in to watch you surfing the tides of Costa Rica. There is also a “schedule” button on the iOS app so you can start recording at a later time.
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Meerkat  

2. Gogobot

2. Gogobot

What's your travel style? Whether you are a spiritual seeker, rank hotels by thread count or prefer street-food stands, Gogobot for iOS and Android has something for every traveler. 

Save the suggestions to an itinerary and pull them up when you're out exploring, or search for new places to visit based on what's nearby. You can even make collaborative trip plans, looping in family and friends to add to group itineraries.
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3. Hotel Tonight

3. Hotel Tonight

If you like to live dangerously and fly into Brazil during Carnival without pre-booking a room, or your hotel burned down the day before your arrival, or you’ve ended up someplace you hadn’t planned on — we don’t judge here — then Hotel Tonight, available for iOS, Android or Windows phones, is for you. It’s a last-minute hotel-booking app that could keep you from sleeping under a bridge in Los Angeles, as well as save you money on accommodations. 960 1280
4. Carrot Weather

4. Carrot Weather

Stop trying to decipher the weather forecast on the evening news, particularly when it's in a foreign language. Carrot Weather is a bright and vibrant iOS app that adds a little humor to your weather forecast, with more than 2,000 lines of snarky commentary.


For $2.99, Carrot Weather is a good, fun alternative to other weather apps out there.

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5. Enlight

5. Enlight

Photo apps have been around as long as the App Store itself, but Enlight is the app you always needed. Whether you want to conquer Instagram, experiment with vignetting for a retro feel or make Picasso jealous by applying paint effects that convert photographs into artistic masterpieces — this is the app to take with you on vacation. Select the strokes, canvas and lighting that best flatter all your travel photos.

For $3.99, this iOS app is worth every penny.
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Enlight  

6. Field Trip

6. Field Trip

Before traveling to a new city, it never hurts to reach out to locals or read up on the history and suggestions of favorite restaurants and attractions. But why bother when there’s an app for that? Field Trip is a background app that alerts you of the cool, hidden and unique things in the world around you that are at your fingertips.

The iOS and Android app is powered by publications such as Zagat, Thrillist and TimeOut, pulling suggestions for you on trendy places to visit, shows to see and restaurants to grab a meal. There’s even a “Women on the Map” option, which will point out sites where women have played an important role in our past.

No more walking around with your guidebooks in hand.
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7. TripIt

7. TripIt

Be your own travel agent and plan every detail of your trip — from car rental to lodging to restaurants — with TripIt. You can create custom itineraries by hand, or simply forward the email confirmations of your flight, rental car, train tickets and hotels, and then watch the iOS and Android app make the itinerary for you.

TripIt is available for free or in a 99-cent, ad-free version.
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Tripit  

8. Citymaps

8. Citymaps

Citymaps is a mash-up of Yelp and Google Maps that incorporates reviews, tips, directions, social aspects, discovery and local deals, all in 1 beautiful map app for iOS and Android. It allows users to create their own collections — say, of their favorite nightclubs in a given neighborhood — either to share with friends or just for their own memory.

And yes, once you find that hole-in-the-wall restaurant on the corner along the Seine in Paris, Citymaps will also give you driving, walking or mass transit directions.
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Citymaps  

9. Peek

9. Peek

When you’re planning a vacation and want to book a flight or hotel, you have multiple sites that can help, such as Hipmunk, Kayak or Orbitz. But when you’re trying to figure out what to do on your trip, there’s Peek for iOS. Think of Peek as OpenTable for booking activities.

Users can browse activities by category, such as “what to do with the kids” or “off the beaten path,” or they can look at Peek’s city guides, which are made by tastemakers such as Tory Burch and Wolfgang Puck, who share their suggestions for spending 1 day in their favorite cities.
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Peek  

10. Waze

10. Waze

Driving can be treacherous — especially if you’re traveling in uncharted territory. But this can be avoided with Waze’s navigation app for iOS, Android and Windows phones, which is constantly updated in real time using drivers’ GPS points. Activated by participating drivers who generate reports and send in photos, Waze can automatically alert you about traffic jams, fender-benders, detours — and even police traps. 960 1280

Waze  

Waze App Navigation Screen
Waze

Waze

Waze provides real-time crowd-sourced driving and road conditions for your location, and voice-guided directions and detour info help you find the fastest and safest route to your destination. By driving with the app open, you contribute speed and time info to help others. This free app also helps you to find the best gas prices in your area. 960 1280

Waze  

CitiMaps2Go

CitiMaps2Go

With Ulmon’s CitiMaps2Go, download a city map and it’s saved on your phone for use when there’s no service or when you’d rather not use data. Your phone’s GPS will still work, so you can see exactly where you are on your detailed map just as if you were online. Find restaurants, attractions and museums when you’re offline, too. 960 1280

CityMaps2Go  

CM Flashlight (Compass and SOS)

CM Flashlight (Compass and SOS)

Google Maps and other navigation apps are great, but there’s still a place for paper maps when navigating a new city, especially when there’s no service or you’d like to avoid expensive data charges. CM Flashlight stands out for its compass and flashlight feature, which uses your camera flash as a continuous light source. This combination is perfect for finding north and reading your map in the dark, and even orienting yourself with an offline map saved to your phone. 960 1280

Cheetah Mobile  

SkyCode Offline Translators

SkyCode Offline Translators

Translation apps such as Google Translate and iTranslate are amazing, but require Wi-Fi or a network to work. SkyCode’s translation and dictionary series works offline. Download translator apps for English, Bulgarian, Turkish, German, Spanish, French and Italian, and you’re communicating off the grid. The free version even has audio playback, so you don’t have to stress about butchering the pronunciation 960 1280

Sky Code Limited  

Hotel Tonight

Hotel Tonight

Hotel Tonight finds the best pricing for rooms at a moment’s notice, perfect for sudden trip changes, delays or spontaneous adventures. Type in your location or use GPS, and the app produces vetted properties that offer the deepest last-minute discounts in your area. Users can track rates for even better discounts before booking, if there’s time. 960 1280

Hotel Tonight  

TripCase

TripCase

TripCase organizes all of your emailed flight confirmations, hotel reservations, rental car numbers, diner reservations and other pertinent travel information into one simple file that also notifies you of gate changes, maps locations and even combines back-to-back trips. Simply forward confirmation emails to trips@tripcase.com after setting up your account, and the app does the rest. 960 1280

TripCase  

Global Tip Calculator

Global Tip Calculator

This app alleviates the anxiety of tipping abroad. Loaded with customary tipping percentages for 140 countries, Global Tip Calculator allows you to input the dining bill total and recommends a tip. Examples of recommended local tipping percentage are 17 percent in the U.S., 10 percent in the U.K., 7 percent in Nepal and nothing in Norway. Users are able to adjust the tipping percentage as well. A subtractive expense budget allows users to keep track of their total expenditures for meals. 960 1280

Global Tip Calculator  

GPSMyCity

GPSMyCity

This series of walking tours covers hundreds of cities worldwide, all usable without network service or Wi-Fi. Download the app for the city you’d like to explore on foot, and detailed maps with attractions, museums, shopping, restaurants and more are saved to your phone and available offline. Turn on your GPS for an audio tour as you stroll. 960 1280

GPSMyCity  

Zomato

Zomato

This new incantation of Urbanspoon helps users find and rate more than a million restaurants in 10,000 cities in 22 countries. Changes include doing away with the like/dislike voting system and going to a five-point scale, and allowing only one editable review per restaurant per account to keep information current and ratings accurate. Zomato keeps track of your visits and reviews with its personalized Food Journey. 960 1280

Zomato  

Whatsapp

Whatsapp

This texting app allows users to send texts free to any other cell phone in the world with no hidden charges. Simply send a message, and the conversation is also backed up online an accessible via computer. This cross-platform app doesn’t have any ads, and users are allowed to send unlimited messages to other users who have downloaded the app. Those who haven’t downloaded Whatsapp can receive 100 messages a month.   960 1280

WhatsApp  

Chris Grundy with the Polaroid InstantShot
Chris Grundy with the Polaroid InstantShot

Chris Grundy with the Polaroid InstantShot

Chris tries out the new Polaroid InstantShot -- smile! 960 1280

  

uwater MP3 player

uwater MP3 player

If listening to music while swimming or diving is your wish, check out the Uwater Waterproof MP3 player. 960 1280

  

LG 55-inch OLED TV

LG 55-inch OLED TV

LG unveiled a 55-inch 3D OLED TV that is the thinnest and lightest OLED TV on the market. It features voice and gesture recognition. 960 1280

  

SimpliciKey Deadbolts

SimpliciKey Deadbolts

There's no need to worry about where your keys are with SimpliciKey. The electronic deadbolt can be opened using a remote control or by simply entering a code into the keypad. 960 1280

  

Zipbuds

Zipbuds

These earphones won't get tangled because of their unique Zipper-integrated cabling. They provide superior sound with comfortable eartips. Zipbuds can be used with iPads, iPods, iPhones, Andriods and other media devices. 960 1280

  

Mercedes Benz's DICE

Mercedes Benz's DICE

Chris had the opportunity to try out Mercedes-Benz's Dynamic and Intuitive Control Experience (DICE). DICE is an augmented reality-based dashboard that allows users to control features of their car with simple hand movements. Users can also see weather, social media, messages, GPS and more. 960 1280

  

Mobileye Driver Assistance

Mobileye Driver Assistance

The Mobileye 5 Driver Assistance product helps identify situations that could become dangerous, such as lane departures, pedestrian presence and headway monitoring. It can also help control the car by doing things like switching high beams on and off. This model has Bluetooth, so critical real-time warnings can be delivered to a smartphone. 960 1280

  

Casio 3D Cat Painting Creation

Casio 3D Cat Painting Creation

The Casio 3-D Digital Painting tool will transform 2-D images into 3-D masterpieces by either adding subtle texture or making them truly 3-D like the cat in this picture. They hope to have the product on the market soon. 960 1280

  

Celluon Prodigy Laser Projected Keyboard

Celluon Prodigy Laser Projected Keyboard

The Celluon Prodigy Laser Projected Keyboard lets you add a full-sized keyboard to any smartphone. Just attach your device and project the keyboard on a surface so you can type away. 960 1280

  

Schick Hydro Power Select Razor

Schick Hydro Power Select Razor

A task as simple as shaving is now enhanced with the Schick Hydro Power Select Razor. Users can select from 3 settings to find the vibration that is best for them. It also has a hydrating gel reservoir that when activated with water releases a gel to soothe skin. 960 1280

  

GorillaMobile kit

GorillaMobile kit

The GorillaMobile is a one-of-a-kind mobile entertainment kit that lets you attach devices such as your smartphone or digital camera to unusual places. It includes adhesive cups, suction cups, rubber foot grips and a camera adapter screw. 960 1280

  

House of Marley Bag of Rhythm

House of Marley Bag of Rhythm

The House of Marley Bag of Rhythm lets you turn your iPod, iPhone or any other portable music device into an audio system. The bag includes twin tweeters and woofers to amplify the sound. 960 1280

  

Casio G-Shock Smart Watch

Casio G-Shock Smart Watch

Casio's G-Shock Smart Watch is Bluetooth-LE enabled so the watch can connect to your phone and alert you to e-mails, calls and texts, and help you locate your phone if you can't remember where you put it. 960 1280

  

IC Realtime ICRSS Home Security Application

IC Realtime ICRSS Home Security Application

The IC Realtime ICRSS Home Security App lets you control up to 9 cameras set up in your home. With the app you can move, tilt or zoom them and power them on or off. 960 1280

  

iBallz tablet protection

iBallz tablet protection

The iBallz are a great way to protect your tablet. They slip onto the corners of your device and prevent damage when it is dropped. You can also use them to position your tablet in a tilt position for typing or watching movies. 960 1280

  

Case-Mate Tank

Case-Mate Tank

These Case-Mate Tank cases are military-grade strength and can stand up to any abuse you put your iPhone through. The retractable screen shield slides into place to prevent cracking and condensation. 960 1280

  

Victorinox Swiss Army Flash Drive

Victorinox Swiss Army Flash Drive

Victorinox, the makers of Swiss Army Knives, are now entering the flash drive market. In the new product, the flash drive can either take the place of the knife or be added onto one. They range in size from 4GB and higher, and some offer a layer of protection that only allows access via fingerprint recognition. 960 1280

  

Bone Collection Horn Stand

Bone Collection Horn Stand

The Bone Collection Horn Stand adds 13 decibels of sound pressure to your iPhone, and can also be used to prop the phone in the vertical or horizontal positions. 960 1280

  

Optrix HD Sport Case for Smart Phones

Optrix HD Sport Case for Smart Phones

Optrix HD is a sports case that transforms your iPhone 4S/4/iPod into an HD action sports camera. It is waterproof so it can withstand all types of weather. The case includes an anti-vibration sled to help limit vibrations. 960 1280

  

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Sleep Tight

Sleep Tight

Many people suffer anxiety while flying, leaving them exhausted upon arrival. Mosaic Weighted Blankets offers a refreshingly low-tech solution. Weighted blankets simulate the effect of a reassuring hug, which increases serotonin, producing a calming, sleepy feeling, as if you were napping under Grammy's homemade quilt. 960 1280

  

Relaxation 30,000 Feet in the Air

Relaxation 30,000 Feet in the Air

There are ways to do yoga on a plane that do not end with an air marshal and handcuffs. Yogi Ramesh Padala has devised YogaTailor a personalized yoga and meditation guide with suggestions for air travellers by which he swears. Teri Meissner teaches the Japanese practice of Jin Shin Jyutsu, a touch-based relaxation technique that can be applied even within the confines of an airplane seat.   960 1280

Genaro Diaz fotografo  

Tune In, Drop Off With Me

Tune In, Drop Off With Me

If you find it impossible to tune out the carnival in your brain prior to an early flight, the DreamScience Brainwave Oriented Sleep Companion is your own personal off switch. 20 nature-themed soundscapes and hypnotic mood lighting will drop you into a blissful dream that the gradual wake setting will lift you out of in time to make your connecting flight.  960 1280

  

Fasten Your Head Belts

Fasten Your Head Belts

The only thing worse than not being able to sleep on a plane is being too good at it.  The GoSleep Travel System is a car seat for your nodding noodle. It combines a memory foam neck pillow with a sleep mask that wraps around the seatback keeping you in the upright, locked position for the entire flight. We love the cool retro-aero designs.  960 1280

  

You're Getting Sleepy

You're Getting Sleepy

Four out of 5 scientists agree that listening to the windbag next to you doubles flight time. SleepPhones are headphones in a headband form that comfortably and cordlessly evict the outside world from your headspace. They’re made from recycled plastic bottles, so when you glance out the window at that swirling vortex of trash in the Pacific, you’ll rest easy knowing you had little to do with it.  960 1280

  

First Class Sound, Even in Coach

First Class Sound, Even in Coach

When you want to feel fancy even when you're sitting by the aft lavatory, slip these tony Symphony 1 cans over your ears and let the vulgarians speculate as to the aristocrat in their midst. These premium Definitive Technology Bluetooth headphones feature 50mm drivers for high-quality sound and pack a battery with 10 hours of run time, although these leather and chrome babies should score you an inflight upgrade to business class before that ELO playlist blows your cover.  960 1280

  

Heavenly Sleep

Heavenly Sleep

If you’re not a fan of bulky, neck pinching, swim camp looking travel pillows, the Travel Halo may be the answer to your prayers. While the oversized eye flap blocks out light, the two stabilizer pillows on the back of the headband keep your dome upright, balanced and comfortable. The Travel Halo packs into a tiny bag that fits neatly into your purse or pocket.  960 1280

  

Blue Light Special

Blue Light Special

Using a mobile device before trying to sleep is like Red Bull for your eyeballs. The blue light from phones and tablets inhibits the production of melatonin.  Enter WaveWall Sleep, an affordable blue light filter and screen protector for Apple and Android devices. Now you can use your mobile device until the sun comes up, secure in the knowledge that it won’t keep you from losing sleep.   960 1280

  

Convertible Neckwear

Convertible Neckwear

There’s nothing more dashing than an aviator scarf, but they haven’t been functional flight wear since the open cockpit era. The Voyager Travel Pillow Set by Happy Luxe resuscitates the classic accessory by including two removable pillows that can be configured as neck support or a sleeping cushion. There’s even an air-activated warmer in case cabin temps dip below your comfort level. 960 1280

  

Window Seat Upgrade

Window Seat Upgrade

The Znzi Travel Pillow instantly turns your porthole into a headrest. The plush, adjustable pillow has two suction cups that attach to your window, enabling you to make the most of a limited space. When you arrive, the pillow folds into a small slipcase that slides onto your luggage handle for quick deplaning. 960 1280

  

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