Wireless Headphones Every Traveler Needs

Enjoy a sense of freedom combined with comfort and great battery life.

Not all wireless headphones are the same, so before you buy a pair for your next trip, know what you’re looking for.Shutterstock

Wireless headphones can help you relax when you’re looking to zone out to some music or an interesting podcast. While they are excellent for drowning out noises while traveling, you might find you want to use them once you’ve arrived at your destination too. Maybe you’ll decide to go for a run or perhaps you’re just looking to sit solo by the pool. There’s always a reason to have a good set of wireless headphones in your possession. Here’s what to look for.

Stay Organized

Enjoy up to 15 hours of battery life with one charge.Sony

Start with the form factor that’s right for you. If you need to save space on your trip, a discreet set of earbuds will help create a little bubble when you need it without crowding your carry-on. A wired-together set will be easier to keep track of and can hang from your neck when you’re not listening; many have a handy magnetic backing to click them together. And, of course, for shutting out the world, you can bring your big over-ear closed-cup headphones.

Take Charge

With this model, you can be sure you'll only hear what's on your playlist.Treblab

Next, look at battery life. Nothing’s worse than a disconnect right when you’re about to drift off or fully relax. Fortunately, the days of practically needing to plug your headphones in to use them are long gone: Nine to ten hours is the standard for smaller sets of headphones, and bigger ones can last for up to fifty hours at a time thanks to having room for bigger batteries. With full ear coverage, these headphones from Treblab are completely noice cancelling, which means you can still enjoy your favorite tunes in the loudest of places.

Convenient Case

Don't be fooled by size—you won't have to sacrifice sound with this tiny pair.Powerbeats

Finally, see how they charge up. It’s best for your carry-on, and sanity, to stick to the same charging port across your gear, so if you’re an iPhone fan, look for buds that share a Lightning port, while Android fans should look for a USB-C or microUSB charger.