photos courtesy: Outdoor Tech

photos courtesy: Outdoor Tech

Relax and enjoy the ride, whether in a crowded airplane or the family minivan. Good earphones make even the most stressful travel experience more enjoyable. Eliminate the rumble of the airplane engine or crying baby, and your talkative seatmate will be on her own. Sounds pretty soothing huh?I’ve sound-checked Outdoor Tech’s Tuis Wireless Headphones ($150) and they make great traveling companions!

Not everyone likes in-ear headphones or ear buds. Over-ear headphones offer better sound isolation, but they can take up a lot of space. Outdoor Tech has a great solution—compact foldable headphones that come in their own easily portable plastic case. They connect wirelessly with your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or any other Bluetooth-enabled device and last 16 hours on a single charge. There’s also a jack that allows you to plug into your device, so you can still use them, even when Bluetooth connectivity isn’t available,ProductReview like on an airplane. When you’re done listening, the earphones fold flat, making them easy to stash in the case.I’ve also found they can be a lifesaver on family roadtrips.

Hey, you can only sing “99 bottles of beer on the wall” so many times. When you’ve tapped out your sing-along playlist, it’s time to turn on the tunes or turn on a movie. My kids range in age from six to sixteen and don’t share the same musical tastes. Instead of turning them into road warriors, I turn over the headphones. Hey, I’m in the driver’s seat, and I choose to avoid the road trip drama by letting kids take turns talking tech and tuning out occasionally. Listen up— it’s a big country, why not enjoy the ride?!