Best tech travel accessories: how to make your holidays easier – Times Travel – The Times
Travelling might be as much about the journey as the destination. But if you arrive at the airport to be hit with oversized bag fees, get stuck on a flight next to a loud snorer or your luggage goes awol, you’ll be thankful you had these travel gadgets with you to make getting from A to B a little less stressful.
The right kit can make all the difference to your trip when you arrive, whether it’s a city break or a weekend of camping and hiking. You’ll need some power to keep your gadgets running, as well as jet-lag busters to get you on the move, so we’ve sourced the best options to keep you and your tech powered up.
To keep your bags light, we’ve also saved you some weight by helping you ditch the paperbacks and replacing it with the best e-reader to fill up with guidebooks and beach reads.
Main photo: Camping with a Kindle Paperwhite
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1. Noise-cancelling headphones
Wired, Sennheiser HD 599, £135*
The justifiably renowned Bose QuietComfort noise-cancelling headphone range* has been a firm traveller’s favourite for years — but at a price. These Sennheisers are nearly as good and cost less than half, earning them Which? Best Buy status this year.
Noted for their exceptional sound quality, there is one small point against them — they leak sound, so your seatmates might not be thrilled. Having said that, on a plane or train, it’s unlikely that the small amount of sound leakage would be noticeable over the noise of the engines or rails. What will be noticeable is the extremely crisp and clear sound of film dialogue and music.
Anker SoundCore Life Q20
Bluetooth, Anker Soundcore Life Q20, £50*
If the Sennheisers are still out of your price range, then go for these Bluetooth alternatives. They will block out most airplane engine rumbles and conversational chatter near you while providing good-quality sound. These might not be as sharp or have the same range as the Sennheisers or the Bose QuietComfort, but for decent headphones with true Active Noise Cancellation, you’ll find it very hard to beat this price.
Beurer’s luggage scale and tape measure
2. Luggage scale with tape measure
Beurer LS06, £12.99*
The rules around luggage sizes and weights seem to change daily, and vary from airline to airline and ticket type. That’s why it’s vital to have luggage scales and a measuring tape to be sure you don’t get hit with hefty fees at the airport. This two-in-one luggage scale comes with a measuring tape built in, so that you’ll never be caught out, even when you have to buy that extra …….