Many of us have a hybrid work schedule with some days in the office. Many of us have never been able to work remotely, and we’ve been commuting to work this whole time. Whether you’re headed to work while stuck in traffic in your car or squeezing into a cramped train hoping you don’t drop your phone, here’s our list of the eight must-have tech accessories to make the most of your daily commute.
Don’t be that person blasting their music out loud for everyone to hear on the train. Keep your music to yourself and wear your AirPods. Give your AirPods some extra protection with a trendy AirPods case cover that really showcases your personality. Now that you’ll be able to listen to your music in peace, you won’t have to keep making awkward eye contact with that person across the aisle from you unless you want to.
2. Battery Pack
You’re less than half an hour away from home. You have about 10 percent battery life left, so that should last you the rest of your commute until you get home. Then, all of a sudden, your bus gets stuck in the tunnel, or you get stuck in rush hour traffic. If you’re driving in your own car, make sure you have an extra charging cable that hooks into your car’s USB port or with a cigarette lighter adapter. If you’re commuting using public transportation, you’re going to want a battery pack. You never know when you’ll need to make that emergency call to the babysitter or when you just want to pass the time while staring at TikTok.
3. Phone Case
It’s inevitable that you’ll eventually drop your phone or get caught in the rain during your commute. Accidents happen, and we can’t control the elements, but we can control how we prepare ourselves. A simple phone case will do the trick. There are so many options out there, but you’ll want one that’s durable and waterproof to do more than just look good. Browse the latest and greatest phone cases out there on the market to pick an iPhone 13 case that suits your personality and is ready for wherever the day takes you.
4. Portable UV Sanitizer
According to a report from Vital Vio, 39 percent of Americans still use public transportation when they’re sick. Of that group that commutes while still sick, 60 percent admit that they don’t wipe down or sanitize areas that they’ve touched. What does this mean for you as a commuter? You’re going to want a portable UV sanitizer to help sanitize your electronic devices and other surfaces you’re traveling on.
5. Sustainable Sunglasses
These aren’t just any kind of sunglasses. These are sustainable sunglasses. A cloudy day can suddenly become a bright sunny day, and you’ll want to make sure you have sustainable sunglasses with you during your commute. From a classic brown tortoise pattern to a bright pink pastel hue, opt for sustainable sunglasses that are made using less waste and water usage than conventional sunglasses and packaging. At the same time, they’ll keep your eyes protected with full UVA/UVB protection. You can even add on blue light filtering lenses for when you’re staring at your monitor all day to keep your eyes protected inside and out.
6. Commuter Backpack
Sometimes, a tiny purse or your pockets are just not enough for everything you need for your commute. Especially if you’re carrying your AirPods, a portable UV sanitizer, sunglasses, and everything else, you can’t possibly fit all of that into your little tote bag or back pocket. Getting a commuter backpack will make it easy to transport everything. Today’s backpacks aren’t like those dorky backpacks you used to wear in middle school. There are plenty of professional and polished options for you to wear with confidence.
You don’t want to have to carry an actual physical book with you to weigh down your backpack even more during your commute. Opt for an eReader or a tablet for your commute. If you prefer to watch something, you can download shows in advance to watch offline. Maybe you’re more of a podcast or audiobook person. Now’s the perfect time to use your tablet for that instead of using your smartphone’s battery for the commute.
8. Dash Cam
If you’re driving, you never know what could happen. That’s why you’ll want a dash cam to make sure you’re protected in case of an accident. Let’s say you’re driving down a one-way road and, all of a sudden, a car veers out of nowhere and crashes into your car. Your dash cam will capture the entire incident, and it won’t just be your word against theirs. Having a dash cam acts as extra peace of mind for yourself and your car insurance company.
With these eight tech gadgets with you during your daily commute, you’ll be a little more prepared while having a little more fun along the way. Safe travels, and get out there!