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Gadgets and apps to make holiday travel less stressful | Digital Trends Spanish

Going home during the Christmas season can be synonymous with family, friends, and food, but also travel delays, unpredictable weather, and time spent with people whose company you intentionally left to live elsewhere. Those details don’t always show up in Christmas movies. Fortunately, some gadgets and apps can go a long way to alleviate the stressors of a vacation trip.

Jabra Elite 85t

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If you’re taking a plane, train, or bus, put these little miracles at the top of your list. Or any of the best wireless noise-canceling headphones, actually; Apple’s AirPods Pro are an easy pick for iPhone owners, and headphones Bose QuietComfort offer exceptional sound quality.

Regardless of which ones you choose, modern noise cancellation makes slipping them into your ears feel like closing an invisible door to the outside world. Whirring engines disappear, crying babies fade into the distance, and your music or podcast takes center stage. Spending $ 150 is a small price to pay for sanity.

Anker PowerCore Slim 10,000 mAh

Anker PowerCore Slim 10,000 mAh Power Bank

Traveling with an army of devices means frequent charges. It’s tempting to buy a huge battery that can recharge your cell phone 17 times, but here’s the thing: you’ll never need that much, and you won’t want to carry it around.

The best portable charger is the one you have with you when you need it, that’s why we recommend a smaller model, like this pocket Anker. Pro Tip: If you’re traveling with a laptop, you already have a large-capacity device charger.

Check your laptop’s settings to see if you can enable device charging (even when it’s off) from its USB ports.

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

Fire TV Stick 4K streaming device with Alexa Voice Remote (includes TV controls) |  Dolby Vision

Skip your parents’ old-fashioned cable TV setup with this portable wonder that you can set up in just a few minutes … after they spend half an hour looking for the handwritten paper with the Wi-Fi password written on it (you’ll usually find that card on the kitchen drawer and the last eight digits are your birthday). Just remember to set up all of your streaming accounts before you leave home and be prepared to buy one for your parents after they discover the wonders of saying “Alexa, put SuccessionRather than fumbling for the correct recording on the DVR.

Tessan output expander with 3 USB ports

Tessan output extender with three USB ports, two-pin version

The guest room at Grandma’s house has a single ungrounded electrical outlet and is already occupied by a clamshell lamp with a buzzing light bulb that Edison himself may have created.

Do you need to charge your cell phone or be able to turn on the lights? With the pass-through design of this charger, you can simply plug in the lamp and do both. It’s also useful in airports, Airbnbs, and all the other places that don’t seem to have enough free charging points. An extra long cable will come in handy as the contacts seem never to be in the right place.

LectroFan Micro2

LectroFan Micro2 sleeping sound machine

When your aunt insists on unloading the dishwasher at 4 a.m. to start her Christmas ham, you’ll sleep happily unconscious thanks to the white noise of this little gift from heaven.

Five different types of white noise let you choose your hearing sedative, and when you feel like partying more than sleeping, it works like a conventional Bluetooth speaker.

Yes, the noise-canceling headphones above can do the trick in a pinch, but if you’ve ever slept with headphones on, you know why it’s worth every penny.

Noco Boost GB40

Noco Boost GB40 Auxiliary Car Starter

Dead car batteries suck at any time of year, and even more so when it’s freezing outside and you’re about to be late for Christmas dinner. If your trip home involves driving instead of flying, this starter is inexpensive insurance to help you get to your final destination.

A modern lithium-ion battery allows this beast to start engines up to six liters in size, despite being small enough to fit under the passenger seat and forget about it.

Even if you don’t need it yourself, it’s also a lot easier to help a stranger who has run out of battery, and you don’t need to tuck your car through six lanes of traffic to face the other car to connect the cables.

PhotoScan from Google Photos

Taking out old photo albums can be a fun way to relive the past with your family, but the snapshots you take with your cell phone camera and post on Instagram never seem to do justice to Mom’s outrageous 70s hairstyle.

There is always a glare, a reflection or a strange lighting. Google’s PhotoScan application uses computational photography to stitch together multiple angles of the same photo into a masterpiece that is almost as good as a scan.

Apple Health or Google Pay for vaccine cards

From airports and bus stations to restaurants and bars, you will be asked for your COVID vaccination card practically everywhere you go this season, so save it on your cell phone.

While a photo will suffice in most bars and restaurants, both Google and Apple offer ways to store verifiable cards, which are linked to your healthcare provider and should be as good as the paper version.

Apple Health lets you add vaccine cards by simply scanning a QR code, while Google has instructions for downloading digital COVID vaccine cards to any Android device, with or without Google Pay.


Instapaper extension installation in Chrome allows you to capture those epics of The Atlantic with a single click, then return to visit them later on your cell phone or e-book reader while you relax by a Christmas tree.

Turn boring Christmas downtime into an opportunity to read all the fascinating articles you don’t have time for during a work week. As well as working offline, Instapaper removes all unpleasant ads and formats, leaving you with a clean, book-like reading experience.

Cocktail Flow

Showing up with a nice bottle of wine is one way to arrive in style, but a good mixologist can turn things around with more exclusive drinks. If you can’t tell a Mai Tai from an Ai-La Palu, Cocktail Flow is the best way to fake it. Simply enter the name of the liquor that you have at your disposal and it will offer you a selection of cocktails with very simple instructions to prepare them. Just add ice.

Ten Percent Happier

From family drama to delays, vacation trips can make your brain feel like it’s going to explode. Meditation helps. If you think it’s all hippy nonsense, this is the app to convince you otherwise.

If Joseph Goldstein’s guided meditations don’t make you happy, you are exactly the monster your family thinks cannot be loved. It is not a joke. Deep breath. Everything will be fine.

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