Commutes are, for many, a true struggle. Maybe your trip is so long that, by the end, you’re bored of being bored. Maybe there’s someone snoring so loud beside you that you can’t think straight. Whatever it is, there are all kinds of things that make commutes pretty tough. We at Your Morning feel your pain, and so we sat down with tech expert Avery Swartz to go over some of the handiest gadgets that will make your commute a bit more bearable.
Check out the gallery below for Avery’s recommendations, and watch the video above to hear more!
Make the most of your commute with these handy gadgets
Google nest hub
Your morning commute begins when you wake up. Just say “Hey Google, good morning” and the Google Nest Hub can turn on your lights, start your coffee maker, and show you everything you need to know for your day.
Hear the weather, your schedule, and details on your commute, and see details on the screen. The Google Assistant will tell you what the best route is for your trip to work, and how long it will take. It then sends the directions to your smartphone, so you’re good to go.
Google | $129
Ember travel mug
Once you have your coffee or tea brewed and ready to take with you, you need a techie travel mug that will keep your beverage the exact temperature you like it. The Ember Travel Mug will hold your drink’s preferred temperature for two hours, so it’s always just right for you.
Adjust the temperature by rotating the dial at the base of the mug, or pair with the Ember app to control.
Amazon | $199.95
LARQ self-cleaning water bottle
It’s important to stay hydrated any time of year, especially during the summer months. Many commuters already carry a reusable water bottle, but they’re so hard to clean properly. The LARQ self-cleaning water bottle solves the dirty, smelly issue of reusable water bottles with a built-in purifying UV-C light that cleans both the bottle itself and the water inside it.
It activates every 2 hours (or at the touch of a button), and neutralizes up to 99.9999% of harmful, odour-causing germs. The bottle can last up to 1 month on a single charge, and can be recharged using a USB cable.
LARQ | $125
If you commute to work by car, you know how important it is to have hands-free technology. The HUDWAY Cast is a portable heads-up display that can be used in any vehicle. It pairs with your smartphone using Miracast or Airplay, or you can plug your phone into it using the included USB cable.
Use the HUDWAY Cast app to manage calls, switch songs, and get directions, or use your preferred navigation app like Waze or Google Maps… all without taking your eyes off the road.
HUDWAY | $250.56
Solgaard Lifepack: The Solar Powered and Anti-Theft Backpack
Those taking a commuter train or public transportation need a great bag, and the Solgaard Lifepack has all the bells and whistles you could want. It features a solar power bank that’s always being topped up with solar energy, so you can charge your devices on the go. The Lifepack has an anti-theft lock that can lock the zipper shut, or can be used to attach the bag to something (so no one can grab it and dash).
With four secret pockets (including easy-access ones for credit cards or metro cards), tons of interior organization, and a suitcase strap, the Lifepack might be the best commuter bag out there.
Solgaard | $165 USD
Pair the Bose Frames to your smartphone and they become sunglasses – with audio. The open-ear design allows you to still hear what’s going on around you while listening to music or taking a phone call, which is essential for commuters who are walking or cycling.
The sunglasses have miniaturized speakers (with Bose quality sound) in the frames, precisely positioned so you can hear audio but those around you cannot. Sound is easily managed using the one-button control, which can accept or reject calls, play and pause music, and access Siri or the Google Assistant. Enjoy up to 3.5 hours of streaming music playback before charging the frames.
Bose | $249.99