We all look forward to travel in the busy summer season. With the number of travellers climbing, and delays inevitable, it’s a good idea to bring along some tech to keep you sane, entertained and connected while on vacation, whether it’s a plane trip or a road trip. This week on CTV Morning Live I shared some good gadget picks, as well as my top travel tips.
Top Gadget Picks:
Comfy Noise-eliminating Headphones
On CTV Morning Live, I showed off some headphones. House of Marley’s Over-ear “LIBERATE” Headphones ($99) are soft and plush with a good sound, retro styling, and ability to block out airplane drone and angry toddlers.
Ditto for the Revo wireless headphones by Jabra.Going wireless is huge for air travel; no cords getting caught up in the seatbelt, or getting tangled when you get up to use the washroom.
If over-ears seem too bulky, my personal favourite headphones are the Monster Adidas in-ear headphones, because they block out noise like a boss, and are ultra comfortable to wear.
When travelling abroad, it helps to have a variety of plugs available to recharge your gadgets. An interesting take on that is a versatile, compact adapter kit from Satechi that doubles as a wireless router and signal booster for your hotel internet. The Satechi Smart Travel Router / Travel Adapter with USB Port adapts to fit into four of the most common plug configurations used around the world and has different modes for your wireless networking.
I also shared my 5 Top Tech Travel Tips on CTV Morning Live:
Pack extra headphones.
Headphones get lost, break, or you forget them, and of course without them, you can’t listen to music, TV or watch movies. Stash an extra set of small earbuds in your carry on and you wrap them up with a handy Cord Taco to keep tangles at bay.
Bring your cables.
Beat delays by bringing your charging cable, plug and/or an external battery pack to supply juice through the longest flights or most annoying delays. Never put them in checked baggage, as they sure won’t help you in the plane’s underbelly.
Preload TV shows, movies and podcasts at home onto devices.
Airport and hotel wifi is notoriously slow, and can be tedious to set up (nevermind having to give out personal info to get the connection). Save time and frustration by filling your device with content you can watch all trip long.
Always carry-on your electronic devices.
They’re expensive, sometimes have personal info on them, and let’s be honest, it would be devastating to lose them or have them stolen from checked luggage. Carry them on no matter how heavy that makes your carry-on bag.
Stash all your cables and accessories in one zippered bag.
It keeps them all in one place, makes them easy to find and keeps them from getting tangled up in the rest of your luggage. Of course, carry that bag on too as insurance.
If you’ve got a great travel gadget tip, I’d love to share it. Post yours in comments.