Entrepreneur Lifestyle: The Best Products of 2016
My annual list of the best products and services I have used over the last twelve months.
A product or experience earns its way onto my list by performing at an exceptional level. I may have bought the item in 2016 or bought it in previous years and it earned its way onto the list in 2016. Things are used in my daily life, at work, on travel, fitness or fun.
I hope this saves you some time and points you in the direction of some good stuff that can help you, has been researched, tested and earned a high mark in my book.
Stats from my adventures this past year:
Miles traveled by Plane: 144,000
Flight legs: 60
AirBNB/Hotel nights: 53
by Car: approx 12,700
by Train/Subway: 1,100
by Bike: 2,150
Amazon.com purchases: 109
The very best to you in 2017!
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This year’s list features items spanning the following categories:
Items are listed in no particular order.
Daydreamer Neck Pillow
I’ve tried a bunch of neck pillows for when I travel on trains and planes. This one is the very best I have used. I add some air before take off and it blows up as we get to altitude.
Super conformable, proper neck support, and you can adjust the firmness via the air value.
Time used: 1+ years
Samsonite Carry On Roller Bag
This bag is pretty much indestructible. I use it as my main carry-on on every trip. I can easily travel for a week with what I can fit in here. If you fill it to capacity you will need to do a little pushing in the overhead, but it will fit without a lot of work. The four wheels are key when having to do long walks to gates or to and from the rental car facility. I’ve ripped down stairs in a hurry and jammed it in all sorts of places. It’s still going strong. One of the best $120 I have spent on travel gear.
Time used: approx. 4 years
Gym at Las Vegas McCarran Airport
One of the things I have always thought about while sitting at the gate on a long layover is what a good idea it would be to have a gym in the airport. I’d happily pay $30 for a quick forty-five minute workout. Turns out someone at Las Vegas airport thought it would be a good business and built Zero Level Fitness. I tried it out this past month on a two hour layover and it was great. Gym big, has cardio equipment, super nice free weights, showers and towels for you.
Zero Level Fitness is located right under baggage claim in Terminal 1. Look for baggage claim #10 and take the elevator behind it to level 0. It does require you to go outside security, but is literally a three minute walk. With TSA Precheck getting back through security is super easy. I’m booking all my transfers through LAS in 2017.
Computer Privacy Screen
I do not like people reading my stuff when I am working on my computer on a plane or public place. I had to try a few of these before getting a good one. Worth the money.
Time used: approx 8 months.
Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones
This is my third pair of Bose noise canceling headphones. I had one of their early versions about six years ago called QuietComfort 2. I upgraded two years ago to the wired in-ear noise canceling QuietComfort 20 model. These work great, but the one thing that was a drag was the wire getting in the way when I am getting on and off planes. The wire always would get caught on things and rip out of my ear and earbud almost get stepped on.
I now use them as a backup to my newest QuietComfort 35 model. These are wireless, they use bluetooth, and have been awesome. I was going to get the Beat’s noise canceling version, but after reading a ton of reviews, stayed with the Bose. The sound is terrific, noise canceling super, has a mic to use for phone calls and wireless range is awesome. How about all those adjectives?! Highly recommend.
Time used: Bose QC2 4 years, QC20 2 years, QC35 1 month.
Laptop Desk Stand
Laptop stands can get pricey. This one will set you back only $19.99 and is a good as the $50+ I tried. Looks good, works well.
Time used: 7 months
Lizone External Battery Charger for Computer and Phones
I travel mainly on Southwest and as a result there are no plugs on the plane. On the cross country flights I do not like worrying about running out of power. I did a ton of research before pulling the plug on this bad boy. I have been using it regularly since May and it works like a charm. It will givemy 15″ MacBookPro a full charge from about 18%. I’ve also found it useful when working at a coffee shop and there is no plug around.
If there is an drawback, it’s that it weighs 1.2lbs., so only carry when you think you might need it.
Time used: 8 months
I like to have charging cables in all the places I work and lose them on occasion. I’ve bought only Apple cables in the past and it got expensive.
I found the Amazon Basics certified brand and they have worked great. Key if you look for any other cable is to make sure it is certified. Great buy.
Time used: 2+ years.
Scratch Free Car Washing Mit
Yes, a $8.77 wash mit makes the list. Fellow car washers will appreciate it. I wash my own car and am particular about the mit I use. I found this one this year and it’s been super.
Time used: approx. 10 car washes.
I received the 24oz version from a friend who stayed at our house this past year as thank you gift. I was skeptical at first having been through many different water bottles over the years. This truly keeps liquids cold and hot, for real. The 24oz is super to carry in the car and places where I have room, but too big to carry in my computer bag. I tried the 21oz, but it was too big for the spot in my Timbuk2 bag. The 18oz is perfect and traveled with me everywhere since I got it.
Time used: 6 months.
Pet Water Dish
We’ve bought way too many dog and cat water dishes over the last twenty years. This one cleans the water, keeps working (many have died on us), and is made of stainless steal. Worth the money to keep the water fresh and looks good.
Time used: approx 4 years.