Add a White Noise Machine to Your Luggage

Need to sleep in a strange, and perhaps loud, place? Bring a white noise machine!

Fall asleep in a flash.Unsplash/Zohre Nemati

It can be tough to sleep when you travel. You’re in an unfamiliar, if exciting, place, in an environment you’re not used to. White noise, which is noise that contains many frequencies at equal intensities, can give you a wave to ride into sleep. So what should you look for in your travel sleep machine?

Compact Size

Choose between Heartbeat, Ocean, Lullaby, and more.MyBaby

Size and weight should be your starting point, and not just to save you from having to check your carry-on. Lighter machines will be easier to use and to put out of the way when not needed, tucked into a nightstand or hung up on a coat hook. Especially in hotel rooms and rentals where space is at a premium, being able to tuck it away when you don't need it will be helpful.

Variety of Tracks

The whole family can benefit from this option.HoMedics

Sound selection is important in choosing a sleep machine. There are many different kinds of white noise, from babbling brooks to the patter of rain, and some may be better suited to help you tune out different unwanted noises, like, say, the party in the next room. Ask yourself if you prefer one type of sound, or if you’d rather have a variety to listen to as you drift off, and shop accordingly. This machine offers 6 soothing sounds featuring a range of noises to mirror the natural elements.

Editors' Pick

Double up on your rest. Yogasleep

This 2-pack from Rohm, is an excellent option for family travel. Machines measure up at 3.5″ in diameter and 3.8 ounces, making them a perfect size to drop into your carry-on back without weighing it down. Small but mighty, they are USB rechargeable and can run all night long. Better still, they come with 3 soothing sounds: bright white noise, deep white noise, or gentle surf.

Rise and Shine

Keep curious hands safe and hang away from easy interaction.Marpac

A timer will be handy as well. Portable machines are usually battery-operated or charged via USB, and you likely don’t want to go find some batteries when you’d rather be sleeping. Check for timers that have different lengths, especially if you’ll be sharing a room with somebody. Being able to time it will ensure everybody gets enough shuteye. This noise machine also comes with a child-safe clip, allowing you to conveniently suspend the machine free from tampering.