Years ago, travel had a luxurious connotation. Air travel wasn’t quite as common among the masses, people dressed for their flights, and advertisements associated wealth and class with the airplane.
Fast-forward to today, and flight travel tends to be chaotic, tedious, and is often filled with delays and other annoyances. Furthermore, thanks to the tightening of various guidelines and airline rules, all for our safety of course, traveling by plane can sometimes feel like more of a headache than it’s worth.
That being said, whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, there are times when it’s simply inevitable. Your trip doesn’t have to be all bad though. Thanks to some tech savvy and intelligent inventors, companies have created a wide array of electronics and tools to help ease your journey. So, the next time you plan a trip, consider acquiring one of these seven gadgets to make your travel easier.
1. Apple’s Airport Express Wi-Fi
One of the biggest hassles that comes with traveling is the need for wi-fi when the accounts around you are either spotty or expensive. Unfortunately, with the many gadgets we tend to carry around nowadays, wi-fi is an absolute must.
Enter Apple’s Airport Express base station that provides you with your own wi-fi network no matter where you are. It not only keeps you connected, but is as easy as telling it to set up your network and giving it a name and password.
The device does all the work and you never have to worry about losing contact. Moreover, you can even use it on a Windows PC by simply downloading the Airport Utility for free.
2. Tile Mate
Traveling can get a bit chaotic. Between ensuring you’ve packed everything to taking everything off to go through security, to sitting and waiting or rushing to make a flight, there’s a number of instances in which you could leave something behind. And depending on where you’re going or where you left it, the chances of finding lost items is slim to none.
Thankfully Tile Mate was created to ensure that doesn’t happen. Through the use of your phone and a bluetooth tracker, Tile can help you find whatever’s most important to you. Simply attach it to your luggage, passport, keys, or wallet and you’re good to go. Even better, should you misplace your phone, you can simply press Tile twice and it’ll make your phone ring even on silent.
3. Moshi Ionbank 5k
Smartphones have brought us a wealth of useful tools all at the touch of our finger tips. One thing they haven’t brought? Lasting battery life. When you’re on the go, however, losing access to your personal GPS and communicator with the outside world, isn’t exactly an option.
With the Moshi IonBank 5k you never have to worry about anything dying when you need it most. Not only will this portable charger help you in a bind, but also provides you with a built-in cable for both an Android or iPhone.
4. Noise-Cancelling Headphones
Between the airport and airplane the chance of finding some peace and quiet among your journey can be difficult, especially if you were hoping to get some sleep. If you’re a frequent traveler, investing in a solid pair of noise-cancelling headphones is a must.
Opt for an over-the-ear version like Bose’s QuietComforts for true noise-cancelling ability, or try Jaybird’s Freedom 2s or Beats wireless for a great pair that’ll block out the world and assist you during your daily hotel workout.
5. Kindle Paperwhite
Traveling is the perfect time to get to all those books daily life doesn’t allot you time for. All that time in the airports, car, hotel, or relaxing by yourself is prime reading time. Of course with the weight limit requirements, among your other travel necessities, packing multiple books isn’t exactly realistic.
Kindle Paperwhite provides you with all your reading material at the touch of a button and comes in a sleek, little device. Furthermore, with the Kindle you aren’t forced to pick between a fun beach read or enlightening business book, as the possible titles you can take with you are endless.
6. FaceCradle Airline Sleeper
Some people can sleep like babies on an airplane, others, not so much. And depending upon your schedule once you arrive at your destination, combined with jet lag, sometimes a plane is your only chance for some much needed rest.
A good travel pillow can be the difference between arriving refreshed and arriving like a zombie. Moreover, there’s no shortage of options, from FaceCradle, which keeps you from nodding awake, to the NapAnywhere Pillow that allows you to sleep as if you were sideways, you can find a travel pillow for every level of comfort.
7. Universal All-in-One Plug-In Travel Adapter
If jet-setting from country to country is your pastime, then a travel adapter should be at the top of your list. For the most part, it seems as if every country has its own special plug-in.
While you could purchase multiple adapters, why not make one solid purchase that provides you with an adapter no matter where you are? There’s a wide array of universal adapters out there for an variety of prices. Browse your options to find the one that’s right for you and you’ll never be without the correct converter.
Traveling should be fun, after all, in most cases you’re probably headed somewhere exciting and new or on your way for some much needed downtime and rest. That being said, no matter where you’re headed, the idea of going to the airport or getting on a plane shouldn’t always elicit stress, chaos, or an audible groan.
By investing in a few key gadgets and tools, you can not only make your travel plans a lot smoother, but possibly bring back some of the elegance and fun to the runway as well.
What’s the one gadget or item you can’t travel without?