Tech Solutions for Common Travel Woes
Try these apps and gadgets that minimize the stress of traveling so you can relax and enjoy the journey.
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It’s said that in life the journey is just as important as the destination. However, despite this sentiment, traveling is usually the most stressful and uncomfortable part of any trip. Too many vacations start and end with needing a day or two just to recover from the ride or flight to get there. It’s time to take back our vacations. It’s time for technology to step in.
One of the main culprits of wasted vacation time is the dreaded jet lag. What’s the point of a relaxing getaway if you’re too exhausted to leave the hotel room? Not to worry—there’s an app for that. Timeshifter uses the latest sleep and circadian neuroscience studies to create a personalized plan to help you adjust to the time difference before your big trip. By taking small steps each day, like cutting caffeine and soaking up natural light at specific times, you’ll arrive at your destination ready to go. No more feeling like a zombie from jet lag to slow you down.
VMSTR Travel Vacuum Storage Bags w/USB Pump
Vacuum storage bags aren’t exactly new, but the traditional models require either an actual vacuum or hand pump to remove excess air—great for packing clothes to leave, but ultimately useless if you can’t fit everything back into the suitcase at the end of your trip. VMSTR eliminates the need to drag along bulky manual pumps (remember, the point is to save space) by offering multiple sizes of bags with a small electric pump. The USB pump charges the same as a phone or tablet and compresses your clothes so they take up as little space as possible in your suitcase.
PowerCore 20100 Powerbank
Few things can bring your vacation to a standstill like realizing your devices are almost out of power. Now, you won’t have to miss out on those once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities. Instead plug your device into the PowerCore 20100 Powerbank and get back to snapping pictures. Weighing about as much as a can of soup (12.5 oz) the Powerbank has two USB ports and enough power to charge multiple devices quickly, several times over. No more outlet hunting on the road.
SoundSurge 60 Active Noise Canceling Headphones
Another tiresome aspect of travel is all the commotion. Be it the din of the airplane or the kids in the backseat, sometimes you need a way to tune it all out. Taotronics makes noise canceling headphones that won’t break the bank, but still perform. The SoundSurge 60 have an impressive battery life (up to 30 hours on a full charge) with reliable Bluetooth connection for music or cell phone usage. If you’re in a hurry you can even use the 5 minute rapid recharge for an impressive two hours of playback. Notably, this model folds down to take up less space in its own handy carrying case.
There are few things more liberating than spending time out on the open road. Now that every phone has a built-in GPS there is really no limit to how far you can roam. Of course at some point you’re going to need to make a pit stop and that’s where iExit comes in. Never again run the risk of eating at a subpar greasy spoon when a better option is available at the next exit. The app zones in on your location on any interstate nationwide and shows you all the available amenities at nearby exits. You’ll have the inside scoop on the cheapest gas and cleanest bathrooms all the way to your destination. All that’s left is to sit back and enjoy the ride.