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Noise cancelling earphones, a necessity for flying
When you're off on summer travels, a lot of people who follow the backpacking circuit end up using cheap — and often long — public transport.
If you're on a bucket-and-spade airline, a way to forget about the constricted blood flow to your legs and the screaming child behind you (most likely as annoying to you as embarrassing for the parents) is to zone out with your favorite music.
This particular pair of headphones from Bose are a staple in my backpack. You can connect them to any media player or your smartphone, and you can switch between your music list and taking a call.
They're pretty comfortable (although in my opinion a little bulky), but certainly do what they say on the tin — just don't wear them crossing a road.
Price: £299.99 ($460).