Best Accessories to Help You Pump Up the Jams on Your Next TripBy Jenny Willden
Calling all roving audiophiles! This techy gear guide takes your music streaming up a notch with hands-free headphones and wireless speakers delivering powerful sound. Upgrade your gear to make jamming out a joy on any journey.
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Sony Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
Pump up the noise with the powerful sound of the Sony Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker. Tote it anywhere thanks to a lightweight design, and play wirelessly using Bluetooth. Bring the party by connecting up to 10 speakers and syncing the speaker’s lights to the music’s beat.
Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II Wireless Headphones
“Alexa, play Bon Jovi.” Choosing your tunes is as simple as saying what you want to hear with Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones. There’s voice access via Alexa or Google Assistant for changing songs, and you can select from one of three noise-canceling levels.
Use them to decide how much you want to hear (or block) airport announcements and nosy seatmates. Listen wirelessly for 20 hours on a charge, or plug them in to keep the tunes bumping once the battery dies.
Bose SoundWear Companion Speaker
The innovative Bose SoundWear Companion Speaker surrounds you in sound with an ear-free design that minimizes outside noises and maximizes the music — all while sitting on your shoulders. Phone calls come in crisp and clear, ringing with a discreet vibration that won’t alarm others.
The on-shoulder design might sound wacky, but once you enjoy the comfort and sound quality of this speaker, your old in-ear buds are destined for the donation bin. Luckily, these play up to 12 hours on a charge — outlasting even your longest trans-Atlantic flight.
If you’re an iPhone user, sometimes the best option is right in Apple’s wheelhouse. Apple AirPods charge right in their case, and the music starts as soon as you pop them in your ears. Listen nonstop during a five-hour flight, and stash them back in the charging case to gain up to 24 hours of listening time. The Bluetooth design means there are no wires to trip you up, and you can easily split them with your travel buddy.
If you don’t mind talking to yourself, adjust the volume, take calls and mix up your mixtape via voice-activated Siri. Our favorite feature is the 15-minute quick charge, which gives you three hours of listening time.
JBL Charge 4 Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
Whether you’re lounging on the beach or jamming poolside on your next vacay, you need this rechargeable speaker. Pairs with your device via Bluetooth or USB to deliver 20 hours of impressively great sound. And it’s no stress if you knock the speaker off your unicorn pool floaty — the JBL Charge 4 is completely waterproof.
Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones
Screaming babies, noisy chatter and the airport announcement hustle and bustle is a real sound strain. Choose the Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones to block up to 95 percent of unwanted noise and deliver up to 80 hours of music, podcasts and movies. Forget to bring a battery along? These headphones are still good to go thanks to a corded option.
Apple iPod Touch
Yes, the Apple iPod Touch still exists, and it’s a perfect solution for traveling kiddies who don’t need the full power of an iPhone or for anyone who wants to focus on music and apps. Set it up with a movie or tunes on your next family flight to distract littles, or use it to stream music, use apps and even make FaceTime calls anytime you have Wi-Fi.
iLuv Shower Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
We all sing in the shower. Why not do it with a soundtrack? Splish, splash and do a shower dance with the waterproof iLuv Shower Bluetooth Wireless Speaker. It mounts with a suction cup or on a showerhead and streams your favorite playlist with Bluetooth. If important calls can’t wait, use the built-in mic to chat up your favorite folks while sudsing up.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 with Earbuds
Built with the powerful Android operating system, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is a powerful all-in-one phone and audio solution that includes a pair of top-of-the-line House of Marley Uplift 2 Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds. The phone’s 10.1-inch screen is a winner for bingeing YouTube cat videos, or watching a movie in-flight, and is an excellent value thanks to the high-quality, ergonomic headphones.