Provisions: An anti-itch patch for mosquito bites? Kids will love it


Be Kool Itch Relief Patch

$8.99 for 18;

Despite the best efforts of scientists, there still is no sure way to prevent mosquito bites. Believe us, we’ve tried them all. But here’s a product for kids that can relieve the annoyance of itchiness from the bites — or, at least, provide a placebeo effect that makes them think the bites aren’t all itchy. Whatever, parents are giving thumbs-up to the clear, stick-on patch. It’s worth a shot to keep junior from whining while outdoors.


La Fresh Travel Lite Wipes

$2.49 for three;


Here’s a way to outsmart the TSA and its restriction on liquids you can carry on board. Buy these wipes that can be used (they come in separate packages, depending on usage) as nail-polish remover, anti-bacterial gel, face and body wash. The make-up remover wipe comes with a patented moisturizer and is infused with vitamin E.


‘San Francisco: A 3D Keepsake Cityscape’

$8.99, Candlewick Press;

Pop-up books aren’t just for kids anymore. Tourists who love San Francisco now can shell out $8.99 for an “accordion-fold novelty” book featuring all parts of the 49 square miles, from Pier 39 to Alamo Square to the Palace of Fine Arts. Sure, the back cover says the book is appropriate for “ages 5-9,” but, c’mon, it’ll be a great holiday stocking stuffer for Aunt Blanche.


15 Bars to Visit Before You Die




1. Dukes Bar, London

2. PDT (Please Don’t Tell), New York

3. El Floridita, Havana, Cuba

4. Bar High Five, Tokyo

5. The Hemingway Bar, Paris

6. Salvatore at Playboy, London

7. Quaich Bar, Craigellachie, Scotland

8. Tiki-Ti, Los Angeles

9. The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog, New York

10. One Flew South, Atlanta

11. Red Square, Las Vegas

12. Sazerac Bar, New Orleans

13. The Oakroom, Louisville, Ky.

14. Icebar, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

15. Nihon Whisky Lounge, San Francisco


Erin Richards (@ErinRRichards): “Oh no, I’ve done that thing again where I get blazingly drunk the night before a long-haul flight #travelfail.”

— Compiled by Sam McManis/