As a commuter myself, we all know the struggle of a boring commute. Whether on a car, subway, or train, you have to be entertained. Also, never forget the struggle of staying awake or waking up at your stop. To help solve these issues, here are the best tech every commuter must have!
Make sure you have a device that plays music! It can be an MP3 player like an iPod or from your phone. Having music play while driving is known to help drivers stay awake. Don’t want to purchase music? Try music streaming apps such as Spotify, Pandora, and iHeart Radio! For those commuting on the train or subway, it will help keep you entertained on your boring ride. Why not make a commuting playlist of songs you know will keep you awake and pumped! Then, you will be a normal commuter lip syncing or singing to pass the time. We have all been there.
Noise Cancelling Headphones
Do you take the subway or train to work? Is your train noisy? Want to sleep? Well, noise cancelling headphones are then a necessity. Now, you can cancel out all those annoying noises on the train from the train itself to those other commuters who just can stop talking. Do not say people stay silent the whole train ride! That is a myth commuters all wish were true. With the noise now cancelled out, you can now take a power nap before and after work. It’s like you are the only person on the train.
Here are some of the best noise cancelling headphones (from experience). The Sony QuietComfort 25 headphones are a combination of both stylish and reliable. They are pretty lightweight, easy to use, and have bluetooth capability. The battery also lasts a very long time! Another pair I like are the JBL Everest Elite 700. They are a little bulky but are great for any man! After charging headphones fully, I didn’t have to charge them after a week’s worth of using them via bluetooth! Pretty impressive! While using them, I heard little to nothing of my surroundings!
As all commuters know, most cars, trains, and subways do not have wifi. If you are moving, it is hard to get a signal anywhere! Wait, you mean I can’t go on social media? Yes!!! I can’t do last minute work? Yes!!! It may feel like the end of the world. However, there is a such thing as portable wifi. It’s truly a lifesaver on those days when you just can’t get a signal or there’s a work emergency as you are commuting. If you are signed with a cell phone company like Verizon and AT&T, they have available for purchase mobile wifi hotspots. For Verizon, their Ellipsis Jetpack is pretty reliable, and AT&T offers ZTE Mobley.
Portable Phone Charger
We all know commutes can be unpredictable. Some days it can be smooth sailing and others, a nightmare. You could be commuting for hours due to traffic or subway/train technical difficulties. During those days of long commuting, you want to make sure you have a portable phone charger. No phone=A very long and stressful ride to/from work. Nothing is worse than getting to work and your phone being dead. Some reliable portable phone charger brands include Anker, Asus, mophie, and PNY. Also, depending on your budget, there are portable phone chargers at all price points.
With theses technologies, along is a great bag or backpack, your commute will be much more enjoyable. Also, never forget the essentials: water, snacks, umbrella, sunglasses, and sanitizer. Happy commuting!