A good pair of headphones should be at the top of your list of travel essentials.
Whether you listen to that album you’ve been meaning to for months, binge-watch movies, or just want to take a nap without having to listen to the passengers around you, our number one piece of advice is: Never board a plane or a train without headphones.
Of course, finding the right ones takes some research and time. The first thing you should look for in a nice pair of travel-friendly headphones is noise cancellation. This feature not only isolates ambient noise so you can enjoy your movie without hearing the baby in 19B cry for the entire flight, it will also serve your fellow passengers by blocking the sound from whatever move you're watching while they try to read a book. Basically, it’s a win-win.
And since you can spend hours at a time wearing headphones while traveling, they must also be light and comfortable. Your ears or head should not hurt after watching only one episode of your favorite show. My personal rule of thumb is if I can fall asleep with the headphones on and not wake up with a headache, then I know I’ve invested my money well.
It is also essential for your headphones not to take a third of the room in your carry-on. This is not an issue you’ll have with earbuds, but if you’re shopping for over-the-head headphones, opt for a foldable or collapsible pair.
Obviously, great sound quality is a must and the good news is that nowadays you don’t have to break the bank to get headphones that offer crisp sound and punchy bass.
Keep scrolling for 15 travel-friendly pairs for any budget that will make your next trip more pleasant.