Talk about multitasking. Blankid Buddy is a children's backpack, blanket, pillow, and, oh, yes, stuffed-animal companion. Think of a stuffed panda, monkey, or ladybug (OK, so it's an insect, but a cute one) without the stuffing, add a zipper and backstraps shaped like the creature's "arms" and "legs," and it's a roomy backpack for hauling stuff around. The whole thing converts into a cuddly plush blanket. The Blankid Buddy also functions as a travel pillow, and is available as just a buddy. A water-repellent, removable inner bag keeps contents safe and sound when converting the backpack into a blanket, and an external pocket keeps small treasures handy.

Blankid Buddy is $29.99 at www.cabeautravel.com.