Westone UM56 Universal Fit Eartips ($157.50)
You know those really nifty, custom in-ear headphones you see worn by the singers on American Idol or the Super Bowl halftime show? Westone is one of the makers of those kinds of custom ear buds, and chances are that whoever you saw wearing them spent close to $1,000 on them. Well, no longer. The leaders in in-ear monitors now ship a universal-fit eartip that can be made from a do-it-yourself, in-ear impression kit. The process is not as complex -- or biologically dubious -- as it sounds, and this method runs about a fraction of the cost of full-on custom in-ear monitors.
And talk about a handy thing to have around. Not only will these Westones do away with bulky, active noise reduction headphones when you fly, since these also make plane flights quiet, but they will transform even the nastiest temporary office into a musically inspired, productivity-building oasis. With some practice, you can even sleep with these babies. Bottom line: Is $160 really too much to spend for some peace and quiet on the noisy, bumpy road? Absolutely, positively not.
Paper Shower (Six-packs start at $7.50)
Why didn't someone think of this sooner? Lincolnshire, Ill.-based startup Paper Shower -- yes, this is its only product -- has come to market with a stroke of personal-hygiene genius: a wet and dry towelette in one package. The Paper Shower combines a surprisingly pleasant-to-the-skin, low alcohol mix wet wipe with a high-quality dry towel. So you can both clean and dry your hands, face or whatever with items of, how shall I say, "defined microbial lineage." This might just be me, but having a real way to deal with the nasty client lunchroom stain or the mystery spot on the rental car seat or the rest of the questionable surfaces we all face on the road solves a whole world of problems.
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