Three Sets of 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

Sometimes on vacation, you want to kick back and listen to some music or a podcast, or perhaps just want to listen without annoying your seatmate on a plane. A good set of wireless headphones will keep things polite while giving you maximum music. Here’s what to look for.

Your Own Bubble

Sony Wi-Xb400 Wireless In-Ear Extra Bass HeadphonesAmazon

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.

Taking Charge

Treblab E3 - Ultra-HD Over-Ear Wireless HeadphonesAmazon

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.

Small but Powerful

Beats Powerbeats Pro Wireless EarphonesAmazon

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.