Making life more convenient and comfortable is always a good idea, especially so for today’s well-being-conscious business traveler. American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) takes a look at some useful gadgets to make the business trip less stressful and more relaxing.
Even at the best of times, traveling for business can be a trying experience and the familiar “hurry up and wait” of long-distance journeys can put an unwelcome strain on both body and mind. A prolonged period of physical inactivity can leave even a well-conditioned traveler feeling sore and sluggish too, which is hardly ideal when your next destination is a crucial meeting, a major event, or simply a much-anticipated homecoming.
Fortunately, help is at hand and there are plenty of options to make the modern traveler’s life easier. GBT takes a look at a selection of interesting ways that can make sure you’re at your best while traveling and in peak condition when you get to where you need to be.
1. Isobar custom-fit compression garments
Even in business class, a long-haul flight can be a grueling experience and the risk of deep vein thrombosis should not be taken lightly. Fortunately, compression gear from Isobar can help. Increasing blood flow back up to the heart by applying consistent pressure to the feet and calves, they are created as custom fit after a 3D scan of your leg records 260,000 data points. Sporting travelers may find them useful on the ground, too, thanks to their contribution to well-oxygenated blood flow.
2. Bose noise-canceling headphones
Whether you need to concentrate to work or would like some peace and quiet when you’re trying to sleep, noise-canceling headphones are an absolute essential. Bose’s well-regarded range of over-ear or in-ear options are famously comfortable and effective perfect, for example, when the inevitable screaming baby starts up again – and their smart features offer seamless access to voice assistants, call pick-up, and even augmented reality platforms.
3. illumy smart sleep mask
Taking inspiration from the techniques used by NASA to help astronauts nod off up in space, illumy’s sleep mask is a significant upgrade on the familiar cloth design. By blocking out unwanted light and replacing it, either with red tones to help you fall asleep or blue tones to help you wake up, the mask simulates natural cues that are often disrupted or absent while traveling. Being well-rested can make a crucial difference, so this has to be worth a closer look.
4. Cygnett power bank
There’s no such thing as having too much battery left and we’ve all had to deal with being down to the very last 1% at the worst possible moment at least once. Power banks can keep you charged up right when you need it the most and Cygnett’s pocket-friendly range offers plentiful capacity, convenient connections, and impressive recharge times.
5. Waverley Labs Pilot earbuds
They might sound like something out of science fiction, but Waverley Labs’ Pilot smart earbuds are entirely real. A set of earbuds that connect to your smartphone, they provide real-time translations of 15 languages and 42 dialects, perfect for conversations, presentations, and lectures. Waverley Labs’ Ambassador range of over-ear headphones is now available to preorder too.
6. Upright Go 2 posture trainer
Planes and trains have their good points, but helping your posture isn’t one of them. However, the Upright Go posture trainer sensor and app for iOS or Android can help correct that. By training yourself to have better posture, it improves your body alignment, strengthens your back muscles, and gently discourages bad posture habits. The second-generation Go 2 model is smaller and last three times longer too.
7. Master Lock Bluetooth padlock
It is necessary to be realistic and acknowledge that not everyone in the world has the best of intentions toward your luggage. Mechanical locks can be picked and combinations can be discovered, but the Bluetooth-enabled Master Lock line offers you personal control, easy monitoring, and, most of all, peace of mind.
8. EPICKA Universal USB Travel Power Adapter
You only remember to think about some things after you realize you really need them, and the right plug at the right time can be vital. EPICKA’s Universal USB Travel Power Adaptor offers an all-in-one option for U.S., UK, EU, and Australian-style plugs that are routinely used in 150 countries, including four USB ports and a 2-foot charging cable.
9. LARQ water bottle
Staying well hydrated is important for health and well-being, but it is often a challenge while traveling. LARQ’s self-cleaning water bottle contains a portable digital purification system that activates every two hours and uses UV-C light to neutralise harmful bacteria, meaning you can make sure your body has what it needs wherever you are. The range of five colours can suit your aesthetic tastes too.
10. HoMedics SoundSpa
Getting to sleep in an unfamiliar bed is often difficult, so a touch of calming background noise can really help you drift off. With white noise, ocean, brook, summer night, thunder, and rain to choose from, an auto-timer and battery or adaptor options, the SoundSpa offers a practical way to make sure you start tomorrow refreshed.