Trunki Boostapak combined backpack/ booster seat

Finally, a solution to the perennial, “Do I need to pack the child seat for our vacation?” question. The Trunki Boostapak is a child’s backpack (which comfortably fits into aircraft overhead lockers); but after a few zips, it quickly becomes a child booster seat for the back of the airport taxi or rental car. In many countries, booster seats are mandatory, and the Boostapak cleverly takes the guesswork out of it so you don’t have to cart (and pay baggage charges for) a standard child seat. Shades of genius.


Urbanears Medis in-ear headphone

These buds, from Stockholm collective Urbanears, take funky to a new level by coming, as they do, in a range of about a zillion colors. But their outward chutzpah is a cover for their underlying seriousness — this is a grown-up headphone. The “EarClick” design means that the bud sits in the ear canal, secured at two points. So you can say goodbye to them falling out midway through your favorite track — and they are amazingly comfortable as well. A microphone is shipped as standard. Urbanears sound great with anything from heavy metal to classical arias.


Kitsound solar-powered MP3 speakers

The manufacturers of this rather nifty kit suggest that if you buy one, you’ll easily get your money back by saving on batteries. Oh, and you’ll be saving the planet at the same time. Big claims, but they do seem to be true. Sure, it’s not a thing of beauty, but it does what it says on the package — allows you to share your iPod/MP3/phone tunes without batteries or plugging in. And you don’t need to be in downtown Death Valley to charge — residual light is fine. Adapters included. metro