The best commuting gadgets to improve your trip
The recent boom in remote working has given many people the option of giving up commuting, whether it’s for a few days a week or for good. But for those of us who still brave rush hour, the journey can be tedious, stressful and frustrating.
According to TUC, before the pandemic, Britons spent on average just under an hour commuting to work each day. And even if you took the train, you would probably spend about the same time on a single trip, according to data from Statista.
So if you’re still battling traffic, it’s worth investing in a product or two that can improve your commute. We’ve listed our favorite carrying gadgets below, with options for walking and cycling, as well as driving and taking the bus or train.
Our favorite gadgets for commuting against boredom
What could be better than a book to keep you occupied during your journeys? An e-reader with access to millions of different publications, including newspapers and audiobooks!
Kindle Oasis is Amazon’s most advanced e-reader to date, featuring a seven-inch display and âe-ink technologyâ for a realistic reading experience and fast page turns.
One of the best features of this model is its ability to sync with headphones or bluetooth speakers and start playing the audiobook from where you stopped reading. (You will need an Audible account to take advantage of this benefit.)
Plus, the Kindle Oasis can survive a drop in the water, so you can read in the tub or on a lounge chair by the pool without fear.
Bose 700 noise canceling bluetooth headphones
Being able to exclude the hubbub of public transport makes the trip less stressful, and a pair of noise canceling headphones might be the most useful commuting gadget yet.
Bose is a well-respected brand when it comes to audio technology, so why not treat yourself to these headphones, with no less than 11 levels of noise cancellation? You’ll also get up to 20 hours of battery life, Alexa / Google Assistant connectivity, and four microphones to improve audio quality during phone calls.
You can even use the handy âtalk modeâ to turn off the noise cancellation if you need to interact with those around you.
Jabra Elite Active 75t wireless headphones
If you want to listen to your favorite tunes or podcasts without having to carry bulky headphones, try these wireless headphones. With their grippy coating, they stay inside the ear when you move – and they’re waterproof to survive rain showers.
A full charge can give you up to 7.5 hours of battery life or 5.5 hours with noise cancellation turned on. Or you can get an hour of battery life with the 15-minute quick charge feature.
Like the Bose headphones above, these headphones connect to common voice assistants and have four microphones to improve call quality. They will work within 10m of your phone and come with a handy case to keep them safe when not in use.
Take a look at the best wireless headphones for all budgets in our helpful guide.
Folding portable fan ANYDAY John Lewis & Partners
You may not need a handheld fan all year round, but it will be invaluable when the weather is warmer. Say goodbye to stuffy trains and buses – or cool off after a run or bike ride – with this budget-friendly foldable fan.
It has three different speed settings and you can recharge the battery with the included USB cable. A five hour charge should provide up to nine hours of battery life.
The folding design makes it easy to slip it into your bag or place it on your desk if you want to use it at the office. And as a bonus, the simple design makes it pleasing to the eye; you can choose your favorite color from white, steel, olive and magenta.
Fitbit Versa 2 smartwatch
You don’t need us to tell you how useful smartwatches can be. This little gadget will come in handy in a number of ways, but it is especially useful when it comes to travel. If you walk, run, or cycle to work, a smartwatch can provide statistics to help you track your progress and improve your health.
The Fitbit Versa 2 doesn’t just have a pedometer, heart rate monitor, and calorie counter; it can also read and reply to text messages, receive notifications on social networks and play music. Plus, it’ll help you get ready for a productive day, with alarms and reminders, a sleep quality scoring system, and calendar and weather apps.
Cocoda Bluetooth FM Transmitter for Car
You don’t need to feel left out if you drive to work; there are many ways to access entertainment in your car.
This smart kit plugs into your car’s cigarette lighter port and streams music from Bluetooth devices, SD cards and USB drives. It can also take calls, provide GPS navigation through your phone’s app, and charge two devices at a time through the USB ports.
It’s relatively simple to set up: just place your FM radio on a blank station between 87.5-108 MHz, then tune the transmitter to the same frequency.
The Bluetooth transmitter has a useful LED display showing audio volume, supply voltage and FM frequency. And there is an ambient blue glow when plugged in, which gives your car interior a stylish feel.
NextBase 122 Dash Cam
NextBase is a great brand to consider if you’re looking to get a dash cam. While these gadgets may not be the most entertaining products on the market, they are worth the investment if you find yourself involved in a traffic incident.
The 122 is NextBase’s entry-level dash camera and released to the first driver, but it’s also great if you don’t want to spend a fortune. It comes with a 720p HD camera and a 4G lens for recording crystal clear footage.
This model also includes a smart parking model to protect your car when it is stationary and a Click & Go PRO mount, designed to simplify installation.
Have you ever lost your keys, wallet or bag while traveling? The Tile Mate is here to help. Sync it with its free mobile app to keep track of your belongings. It works for objects up to 60 yards away and gives you the option to “ring” the tile if you are within 50 yards.
Practically, the Tile Mate is water resistant to survive rain showers and compatible with the Alexa app, which makes it even easier to use.
You can also access a range of additional features by signing up for the Premium service. You will be able to receive alerts and free battery replacements once you subscribe.
If you’re looking for even more gadget inspiration, check out our list of best desktop gadgets or our favorite car gadgets.