Carrying decent headphones is a no-brainer if you’re planning to do any broadcasting. If you take in-ear ones then your guest may not be too happy sticking them in their ear canals. You might not look forward to getting them back afterwards either (yes, it’s a lesson I learnt the hard way). There’s just one simple rule with headphones – make sure they don’t have an inline microphone in the cable. The reason being that if you plug them in to your iPhone and you try to record an interview or broadcast live you’ll be using the inline mic, not the internal mic. Guess which is better.
These are brilliant headphones for reporters. The Sennheiser PX100 headphones cost between £29 and £44. I’ve bought about four of these headphones – not because I’ve broken them or lost them but because they work really well when travelling light and having to put four guests on air at the same time. They fold down into a carry-bag (included) and the audio quality is really good considering their size.
You can find folding headphones in most shops – make sure they’re strong enough to stand up to being thrown around and that the cable isn’t too short or you’ll find yourself cosying up to your guests a little too much.