Time-saving tools and technologies
Speaker Survival 101
A major disaster can strike at any time. Traveling speakers are likely to hit
a bump in the road at some point, whether it’s a flight delayed by severe
weather, car trouble, or computer problems in their home office. The
following resources will prepare you for almost anything! Here are the
leading contenders in each category to help you survive.
1 Sleep Tight
Surviving an infestation of bed bugs in hotel rooms means doing
all you can to prevent these little critters from hitchhiking home
in your luggage. Zip up your suitcase or garment bag in a clear
plastic liner from BugZip Luggage & Clothing Encasements to
avoid bed bugs nestling into the dark corners while you sleep.
4 American HEAROS
Restful sleep allows you to survive
long flights and arrive at your destination looking and feeling refreshed. The
HEAROS Deep Sleep System combines
high-quality foam earplugs with a sleep
mask that surrounds the eye socket
with sponge that’s deep enough to
blink in if needed. Put it on and you’ll
soon forget you’re even wearing a
mask while you snooze at 35,000 feet.
2 Keep Quiet and Carry On
If you want the best headphones money can buy that provide unbeatable
function and style, look no further than Bose’s Quiet Comfort® 15 Acoustic
Noise Cancelling® headphones. Featuring advancements in noise reduction
across a wide range of frequencies and a comfortable, around-the-ear fit,
these come with a remote for your iPhone or iPod, and a mic for hands-free
calling. $300. www.Bose.com.
3 Melatonin is a hormone created by a small gland in
the brain that helps control our sleep and wake cycles.
Melatonin is often used as a dietary supplement to treat jet
lag and insomnia by causing drowsiness and lowering the
body temperature. Scientists are also studying its ability
to slow the spread of cancer and make the immune system
stronger. Ask your doctor for appropriate dosage. $5.
5 Priority Please
Frequent flyers know the advantages
of the airport lounge—an oasis of free
Wi-Fi and newspapers, beverages,
snacks, fax machines, and local calls.
The foolproof way to gain entry is to
buy a first- or business-class ticket, but
third-party passes allow you to reap the
benefits of many airline clubs even if
you’re flying coach. Priority Pass has
1.7 million members and provides entry
to more than 500 lounges. Membership
starts at just $99/year. For more details,