The recent rise of remote working has given many people the chance to ditch the daily commute – whether it’s for a couple of days a week or for good. But for those of us still braving the rush-hour dash, the journey can be tedious, stressful and frustrating.
According to TUC, before the pandemic Brits spent just under an hour on average getting to and from work every day. And even if you caught the train, you were likely to spend around the same amount of time on just one journey, says Statista data.
So, if you’re still battling the traffic, it’s worth investing in a product or two with the power to perk up your commute. We’ve listed our favourite commuting gadgets below, with options for walking and cycling, as well as driving and taking the bus or train.
Our favourite boredom-busting commuting gadgets
What could be better than a book to keep you occupied on your commute? An e-reader with access to millions of different publications, including newspapers and audiobooks!
The Kindle Oasis is Amazon’s most advanced e-reader so far, with a seven-inch screen and ‘e-ink technology’ for a realistic reading experience and fast page turns.
One of the best features of this model is its ability to sync up with Bluetooth headphones or speakers and start playing the audiobook from wherever you stopped reading. (You’ll need an Audible account to make use of this benefit.)
Plus, the Kindle Oasis can survive being dropped into water, so you can read in the bath or on a lounger by the pool without fear.
Bose 700 Noise-Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones
Being able to shut out the hubbub of public transport makes for a less stressful journey, and a pair of noise-cancelling headphones could be the most useful commuting gadget yet.
Bose is a highly respected brand when it comes to audio technology, so why not treat yourself to these headphones, with no fewer than 11 noise cancellation levels? You’ll also get up to 20 hours of battery life, Alexa/Google Assistant connectivity and four microphones to elevate audio quality during phone calls.
You can even use the handy ‘conversation mode’ to pause noise cancellation if you need to interact with people around you.
Jabra Elite Active 75t Wireless Earbuds
If you want to listen to your favourite tracks or podcasts without carrying a bulky pair of headphones around, try these wireless earbuds. Thanks to their grippy coating, they sit inside the ear as you move – and they’re waterproof to survive rain showers.
A full charge can give you up to 7.5 hours of power or 5.5 hours with noise cancellation activated. Or you can get an hour of battery life with the fast 15-minute charging feature.
Like the Bose headphones above, these earphones connect to common voice assistants and have four microphones to improve call quality. They’ll work within 10m of your phone and come with a handy case to keep them safe when not in use.
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