If you have flown internationally before, you know that doing so can be a mundane affair. There is little else to do apart from sleeping or enjoying the in-flight entertainment. If the airline is offering movies that you have already watched or are not interested in, then you might be left with nothing to do. Gadgets can change that as they can make the experience better while also giving you something to do while in the air. Here are some of the best tech gadgets to take on your next international flight.
Noise-canceling headphones are a must regardless of the means of transportation you are taking. Flying can be particularly noisy as you might have to endure crying babies, people walking through the flight, and white noise that mainly comes from the plane’s engines.
Noise-canceling headphones will help eliminate or at least reduce most of this noise so you can rest if the flight is very long. When choosing headphones for your flight, go with ones that have a long battery life, simple controls, and Bluetooth connection. Just be sure to pair them to your device before leaving so they do not pair to other devices on the flight.
Playing games is one of the best ways to pass time while on a flight. A gaming phone allows this without the heft and hassle associated with taking your laptop on a flight. The good news is that most phones released in the last two years or so are very capable gaming phones.
However, if you need a device with more power, there are dedicated gaming phones that have been released in the past year. In addition to superior performance, they also have additional features like better cooling, and shoulder and capacitive buttons for an even better experience.
A tablet is among the handheld gadgets that are allowed on flights. They are great to have because you can add movies, music, and TV shows on your tablet to watch and enjoy while in the air. If you are so inclined, you can also do some work on your tablet.
While there are lots of options to choose from here, what you should be looking for when choosing a tablet for your international flight should be a bright screen whose brightness can go very low, enough capacity for all your content, great performance, and great battery life.
Many tablets fit these requirements, but it would be a good idea to carry a business tablet. Business tablets typically have longer battery life, keyboards, and pen support so you can watch the content you like or complete some work. They also have enough storage for all your files, and many of them also support common work and productivity tools.
If you opt to take your phone instead of your tablet, you might need to charge it on the flight. For this, you can take a power bank. Power banks are generally allowed on flights, but there are a few things you need to know.
First, the capacity must be below what is allowed by the airline. Many airlines follow the rules set by the IATA, an international aviation organization, which allows a maximum capacity of up to 27,000mh. However, some airlines such as KLM allow as high as 43,000mAH, but you have to talk to the company first before taking such a power bank on board.
The handheld console landscape has changed over the past year, but we still recommend the Nintendo Switch for international flights. It has a brighter screen, is wide enough without being uncomfortable, and has a kickstand. It also has Wi-Fi connectivity so you can download a few games using the airport Wi-Fi before taking off.
Gadgets that keep you busy and stop an international flight from being a boring affair are always welcome. You can carry all the gadgets we have discussed above in your carry-on, so enjoy your next flight!