RaceQuiet noise-reducing headphones.Outside the Box had auto racing fans in
mind when the company came up with stereo ear pods that offer 42
decibels of noise reduction across the entire sound spectrum. But
the acoustics should work wonders during a noisy flight, as well.
At 1.5 ounces and tidy enough to fit in a carrying tin you can put
in your pocket, the earphones, which come with replaceable foam
ear-canal tips to ensure a snug fit, are compatible with iPods and
other audio devices for high-quality sound reproduction. $39.95; www.protravelgear.com.
JS55 Paper Shredder. Want to keep your secret documents
from prying eyes while on the road? Want to make confetti for the
home team's Super Bowl parade? Want to turn your company's
stationery into kitty litter? Well, the Royal JS55 is just
the thing. Portable at a 3.5-pounds and adjustable to fit any
wastepaper basket, this shredder will make a ribbon salad of
standard-width paper, cutting it into quarter-inch strips, five
sheets at a time. Has auto stop, start and reverse. $14.99; www.royal.com.
Radio-Controlled Alarm Clock.You might not
know what time it is, but this clock will ... no matter how far you
roam. An internal antenna tunes this traveler's friend to the World
Time Clock in Fort Collins, Colo., which means it automatically
adjusts to whatever time zone you are in. Dual time features let
you check the hour at home so you don't call in the middle of the
night. Snooze alarm is standard. Said to be accurate up to one
second per million years, but we'll see. $49; www.travelsmith.com.
25-inch Switchback Max ES rolling backpack.What makes this bag unique is a
full-size backpack that doubles as a daypack when it is zipped off
the wheeled host carrier. The satellite has its own organizational
pockets, while the unit as a whole features a front-panel loading
system and a padded hip belt that tucks away when you are on an
urban roll as opposed to backpacking your way through uncharted
lands. The main bag measures 25-by-15-by-10 inches; the detachable
daypack is 20-by-12-by-8 inches. $324; www.magellans.com.
5. Wander Wear. These colorful and hard-to-miss ID
tags can provide peace of mind to parents with kids in tow.
Designed to be clipped on or tucked inside a child's clothing,
Wander Wear tags are two-and-a-half inches in diameter and have
room on the back where parents can write contact info, including
cell phone numbers. $3.99; www.wander-wear.com.