There are countless ways your business travel plans can go awry: a canceled flight that leaves you stranded for hours; the screaming baby a few rows back; and the hefty surcharge for overweight luggage.
But FareCompare.com chief executive Rick Seaney, who spends a fair bit of time in the air, says a few gadgets can make the difference between a stressful trip and a calm one.
“There are not many amenities on planes today, one must make their own luxury,” Seaney tells The Financialist. “That starts with an excellent tablet and a great pair of headphones, which by themselves can turn the dingiest planes into a temporary virtual oasis.”
Frequent flier Seaney shares with The Financialist a list of gadgets that he says will sooth today’s rough and tumble travel reality:
Seaney’s tip: “A hand-held scale can cost around $10 and save you $100 or more in overweight charges (on top of the regular bag fee). Be sure to use it before your return trip home, in case those souvenirs have packed on some pounds.”
Seaney’s tip: “Prices range from $29 to $350, but even on the high end it may be worth it to drown out the sound of screaming babies on planes.”
3. iPod Touch
Seaney’s tip: “Cheap entertainment and no Wi-Fi required. And I know you already have one of these (if not, borrow one).”
Seaney’s tip: “In case of delays, a phone loaded with free airline apps makes sense, since whoever contacts the carrier first is more likely to get on the next flight out.”
Seaney’s tip: “Everyone needs a place to put cash, cards and keys… works anywhere a bag is an encumbrance.”
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