Thanks to everyone who entered our recent competition to win one of three pairs of Bose QuietComfort 15 acoustic noise cancelling headphones. We had hundreds of entries and lots of great suggestions for the unusual essential you always pack for a business trip -- these are the winners.
David Wild has a practical, portable suggestion:
A small roll of black gaffer tape -- it has come to my rescue when the sole of my shoes wore through during a few days of rain and it helped keep my suitcase together when it split just before check-in. It even makes a handy lint remover to keep looking sharp while on the road.
Clara found some sweet functionality:
I had a bag of marshmallows with me one time and offered it to a kid to stop her crying, earning me a round of applause and a few high fives. Now, I always have one ready. And if there aren't kids around, it's a treat for me!
And Stephen Clarkson is a big fan of paperclips:
Paperclips are one of the most multi use tools required on any business trip. I've used them to open iPhone sim cards, clean fingernails before a business meeting, open a non-responsive CD drive, unclog a deodorant spray that stopped working - it's like the MacGyver of stationery. Oh, and it can hold sheets of paper together as well!