If there’s one phrase to describe the trend in travel- it’s “a la carte”. Want a checked bag? Pay for it. Want a meal? Pay for it. Want engines on the plane? Ok, they haven’t gone that far yet. The point is – outside of weather, the stress and comfort of your journey is now up to you. To make your travel experiences as blissful as possible, have a peek at these handy travel accessories…
People love to complain about screaming babies and loud jet engines – but there’s an easy fix. Noise cancelling headphones not only keep annoying seat mates from starting conversations – they also drown out any noise, while providing incredibly rich and detailed sound for your listening or viewing pleasure. We swear by the Bose QC35’s for their long battery life, superb clarity and long term comfort, but anything wireless and comfy will do!
Link: Bose QC35’s.
How awful is that feeling when you’re stuck in transit, and your phone/iPad/electronic device drops below 50% battery? Awful. For that precise reason, we fell in love with the Away Travel carry on. Not only does it look cool, come in lots of colors and go for a very reasonable price- it can charge your electronics up to 5x before plugging in. Never stress about battery life again…
Link: The Away Carry On
The key to stress free travel is staying ahead of the curve. Knowing that you’re going to miss a connection before everyone else, or knowing that your seat assignment has magically changed can put things back on track before things get out of hand. TripItPro monitors for any changes, issues or potential snags – alerting you in advance. It’s also a great way to organize all your upcoming travel plans on one screen.
Link: TripIt Pro
Customized Mini Amenity Kit – Never Feel Gross On The Plane…
Traveling makes you: dehydrated, tired and makes your mouth feel like creatures are growing inside. Assuming you don’t enjoy any of those things, the best way to become a savvy traveler is to pack an essentials kit- so you can constantly refresh. Pack a tooth brush, mini toothpaste, lip balm, moisturizer, eye mask and anything else that may help keep you feeling the comforts of home.
Link: make one : )
Yep, another charging related device – but this time, one that can go anywhere. With more wifi hotspots than ever- and plenty of plans that allow fee free international data usage, bringing a phone around your destination is better than ever. Sadly, batteries are not. The Anker charger is about the size of a lipstick, and packs a serious punch, capable of charging a device multiple times. Fits perfectly in your pocket, can’t argue with that.
Link: Anker Chargers.
Arriving in a foreign country is thrilling, but not knowing what any of the signs say is slightly terrifying. Google Translate solves every possible travel translation problem, with it’s handy app. You can take a picture of any sign to have it automatically translated, have someone speak into your phone for an instant translation or type any message you want, to have it verbally and visually translated into any language. Oh, and it’s free.
Link: Google Translate (app).
People who need to lace and unlace their clanky, jangly boots are no ones friend at the airport. Not only are they wasting their own times – they’re wasting yours. Vans slip ons are the perfect mix between style and functionality, and they don’t even set the metal detector off. They’re comfortable to walk in for tourist days, and about as functional as it gets for airport days. Hard to beat…
Link: Vans Slip Ons.
Delays and cancellations are more common than ever – but so is getting paid. As long as a delay or cancellation is the airlines fault (not weather related, etc), many flights around the world are eligible for compensation. Like… $650+ in compensation. You can go through the hassle of filing the claims yourself, or for a 25% cut, AirHelp will do all the work for you, wiring you the money directly. Easy, lucrative.
Link: AirHelp Delay Compensation.
GateGuru is the most comprehensive app on the planet for all things airport. It has security wait time estimators, detailed maps of the terminal, reviews for best food spots and just about anything else you could possibly need while in transit. The free app takes all the guesswork out of each journey, making it a no brainer for anyone who travels.
Staying organized is a crucial step in stress free travel. A good document holder is an excellent way to keep everyone’s passports, boarding passes, loyalty cards and other materials in one place- hopefully in the hands of someone responsible! Flight001 is one of the best shops for all things travel, and they have one of our favorite document holders. For $10, you can’t go wrong!