Music sets the mood to any atmosphere; this rings true whether you’re lounging around in your living room, commuting to work in the morning, or de-stressing while on vacation. It’s certainly true for me. And, while many hotels have been equipped with iPod/iPhone docks—which will all require replacements or the addition of an adaptor with the new line of iGadgets—not all of them do...not to mention, not everyone uses iOS devices. So sometimes the best solution is to bring your own. Here are four of my newest faves.
The smallest of the BRAVEN SIX series, this sucker still packs a powerful punch. The battery lasts up to 12 hours; it comes with a drawstring pouch, perfect for carrying around; and can even be used to charge your smartphone up to 70%—at the cost of its own battery life, of course. It connects to your music device via Bluetooth, and is perfect for anything from listening to music at home or even to entertaining a small outdoor gathering. And best of all: it easily slips into any carry-on bag.
Another lightweight Bluetooth speaker that can fit into your carry-on, the EDGE.sound sports a super sleek design that I really love. A slightly shorter battery life than the aforementioned, you’ll still get up to ten hours of listening before having to recharge. I will suggest not turning it up to its maximum volume; when I did, I noticed the sound started to get a bit tinny. This is best used for a more intimate setting with a slightly lower volume.
Turtle Shell Rugged Wireless Mountable BoomBox
Slightly bulkier than the first two, it doesn’t take long to figure out where this speaker got its name. The design is super fun, as are the color schemes: from deep red to lime green to magenta and more. This speaker is less for the homebody, and more for the outdoorsperson. It comes with a removable mount that lets you securely attach it to your bike handle (or any small enough handle, for that matter).
Philips Docking Speaker for iPhone/iPod
By far the biggest of the four, this is more for the road tripper (when minimalist packing can be disregarded a bit) or for vacation rentals (when you have a good amount of space and need sound to fill it up). Unlike the others, this one does not function via Bluetooth (so you will need an adaptor if you upgrade to the newer iOS devices), but the sound is crystal clear, and it truly is slim enough that it won’t bulk up your suitcase too much. I love the cover that doubles as a stand, and that it will simultaneously charge your device while playing music.
So there you have it. Those are my newest faves. What travel-friendly speakers are top on your list?
Joshua Pramis is the social media editor and resident tech aficionado at Travel + Leisure. Follow him on Twitter: @joshuapramis