The right gear and gadgets for holiday travelers
Whether you’re traveling by plane, train, or automobile this holiday season (yes, that is a reference to the 1987 John Hughes film!), you will likely find that proper gear can make all the difference in your comfort. Though “traveling light” seems to be a philosophy that is preached by many these days, the truth is that the right gear can have a positive impact on your travel experience. Far from being a burden, these items can make it easier to stay in touch, help keep you entertained, facilitate business and work, and improve your mind and body while traveling to and fro.
Ostrich Travel Pillow
What is sleep worth to you? What steps are you willing to take to ensure your comfort, health, and wellbeing on a cross-country flight? If you’re willing to suffer through mild embarrassment, then the Ostrich Travel Pillow will likely revolutionize the way that you get sleep on planes and in airports. Admittedly, the pillow looks pretty bizarre, especially when worn, but it turns almost any surface into a sleep surface. That back corner of the window seat that your head always seems to fall into? With the Ostrich Pillow, you might just find it as comfortable as a cushy couch! Arrive well rested and it will transform your holiday.
One of the best travel companions that a person can hope for is a good music selection. The right music can turn hours into minutes and drown out the outside world. Whether you’re traveling on a sold out flight from Boston to Los Angeles, or are taking a train out to Long Island from Manhattan, holiday crowds are bound to be ever-present. With wireless headphones (many of which are available with noise cancelation), you can eliminate the loud din surrounding you and lose yourself in music – all without having to worry about wires. Don’t know which to buy? You can’t go wrong with Beats by Dre or Sony. Act now, as retailers like Best Buy are offering holiday promotions of up to 20 percent off.
Though many airports are now offering power stations in terminals, you’ve likely seen how quickly these stations fill up. Needless to say, you can’t rely on there always being an outlet available to keep your devices charged. Thankfully, with portable chargers like the Mophie Powerstation, you don’t have to. A 6,000mAh universal battery with two USB ports, the Powerstation makes it possible to charge two devices simultaneously. A standard smartphone can be charged for up to 24 additional hours of use, while a tablet can receive nine hours of additional battery life. Simply charge the Powerstation in advance and pack it in your bag. If interested, Mophie is offering a number of holiday deals.
Zagg Pocket Keyboard
The Zagg Pocket Keyboard in effect transforms your smartphone into a very small laptop computer. The pocket keyboard approximates a full-size keyboard, making it much easier to draft up emails and create documents on the go. You have likely experienced the hassle of trying to conduct business from your phone – it may be convenient to have a computer on you at all times, but smartphones are not always the best tool for the job. The Zagg keyboard helps in this regard, by introducing a tried-and-true user interface. Best of all, the device can be purchased for 30 percent off of its retail price if you shop through Zagg directly (but act quickly, as the deal is likely to disappear!).
iPhone 7 and iPad Pro
Traveling without a smartphone or tablet in 2016 is like hiking without a compass or sailing without a sextant (well, at a time when people still used those things, anyway). The need for a smartphone is self-evident at this point, and if you haven’t yet purchased a tablet, traveling during the holidays may be the perfect reason to do so. If you’re in the market for a new smartphone or tablet, Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus and iPad Pro are two terrific choices. And thanks to T-Mobile’s Binge-On program, you can stream media to your heart’s content while traveling without eating into your data plan. Why limit yourself to whatever’s available on the plane when you can pack a 13″ high-definition display in your bag?
Tile Mate Bag Tracker
The Tile Mate is a simple yet ingenious device that allows you to track things no matter where they are. The Bluetooth device contains a battery with a one-year lifespan (which can be renewed at the end of the year), and easily attaches to your bag. From your phone, you can track the Tile Mate so that you know of its whereabouts no matter what. This could come in handy when traveling if your bag goes missing or ends up at the wrong destination. Simply pull up your phone and see where it is; you can then determine the best means of getting your bag back. Best of all, if you purchase a pack of four Tile Mates, you can save 30 percent.
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