Traveling for the holidays isn’t necessarily anyone’s idea of a good time. The roads are crowded, the flights are delayed, and prices are higher than usual. Regardless of your mode of travel this Christmas, these four gadgets can help ease some of your stress—and maybe even make the journey fun.
Apple’s Airport Express
Forget about paying high prices for spotty airport wireless Internet. At $99, this gadget will pay for itself in just a few trips, providing a tiny wireless base station through which you can securely connect to your own Wi-Fi domain. It weighs less than half a pound, so you can just throw it into your carry-on and go. This doubles as a way to access service at that remote cabin your family decided to rent this Christmas.
Bose Quiet Comfort 25
When you’re on a long road trip and it’s someone else’s turn to drive, sleep is priceless. And if you’re on a crowded plane and need to escape into your latest binge-watching obsession, you don’t want to be interrupted by a crying baby. Consider getting these noise-cancelling headphones from Bose, designed to provide powerful sound while virtually eliminating background noise. These are compatible with both Apple and Android devices.
Energi+ Backpack with Built-in Battery
This double-duty backpack from TYLT is the only carry-on bag you’ll ever need. The sleek nylon back contains a 10,400mAh battery pack with a powerful output that allows simultaneous charging of your family’s tablets, mobile phones. Any standard micro-USB connector can charge up the pack itself. Other cool features include the cable pass-thru so you won’t end up with a tangle of wires; a TSA-friendly design that doesn’t require you to take your laptop out when you go through security; a hard-shell pocket for your fragile items; and an integrated trolley handle if you have to run for your flight.
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
There’s no better way to escape into a book than with the latest version of Amazon’s popular Kindle. Because there’s no glare from a backlight, it reads just like paper (which also makes it a great gift for your aunt who has long resisted the e-book craze). The long-life battery means it only needs a charge once a month, meaning you can forget the cord even on the longest trips.
Before setting off to see relatives this year, pack these gadgets to help make the trek just a little bit smoother. You’ll be able to enjoy the journey and arrive sanely at your destination for the holidays.