We reached out to frequent travellers to find the headphones that they swear by. Here are their recommendations for the best travel headphones.
Having just returned to New York after flying for a combined 58 hours to Australia and back, the Bose QC35s have become one of my dearest possessions. These headphones with their active noise cancelling will block out background engine noise, babies screaming, and neighbors snoring, all while being plugged into the in-flight entertainment. High quality build, a long battery life (lasted for each 14 hour flight without trouble), and unrivaled noise cancelling make these my go-to pick for every flight.
Contributor: Josh Pugh from America Josh
Most of my traveling is usually for surf trips around the world. I recently decided to pop for a really good set of headphones, the newly released 2018 Sony 1000XM3. I went to half a dozen stores and listened to all of the headphones on display.
I'm not a tech guy but it was an easy decision when I found the best noise canceling, fitting and sound quality. The noise canceling is more like sound proofing and they feel like butter when their on compared to any other I've tried. They are perfect for the airport and plane rides.
Contributor: Tyler Connaghan from Fin Bin
These are in ear headphones which work almost like ear plugs - they form a great seal in my ear, and block out nearly all the ambient sound and background noise. With music playing, I can't hear anything in the background, making them perfect for flights.
The other reason I like them is because they are the only headphones that have stood the test of time. Nearly every other pair of headphones I've ever had have stopped working, usually as the cable around the adaptor gives way over time. The Shure's have a really solid cable and overall construction, and I have literally abused them for years, shoving them in bags, my pocket etc, and they have never failed me. I never go on a trip without them.
Contributor: Laurence Norah, blogger at Finding the Universe
I travel 200 days per year all over the globe. I have traveled all my life and averaged around $300K miles per year for the last 5 years or so. Always close by are ay Bose Quiet Comfort noise cancelling in ear headphones.
In addition to excellent sound quality, these buds have other key advantages. First, the in-ear device is small and very comfortable, allowing me to sleep with them in and shut out airplane noise. I have kept them in m y ears for 15 hours without discomfort. Next the battery life is very long. I have used them for 13-14 hours before the batter gives up. Even without the noise cancelling feature they are excellent. I have used my current pair for 3 years and they are still like new, though the case is looking a little worn.
They are a great product well worth the money.
Contributor: Tom Dannemiller from Curiot Systems
These rechargeable PREMIUM Hands-free Stereo Headphones are designed in a Smooth black frame with padded headband and ear cushions. Media shortcut keys are within easy reach, serving both a wireless music headset and Bluetooth® phone headset for hand-free calling. They also fold in as well for easy traveling!
Contributor: Devon Hambrecht from COBY
I recently bought these to replace some on-ear headphones. So far, they've been great. I don't have a lot of experience with ANC headphones, but when playing music or videos, I cannot hear anything happening around me. They are lightweight, comfortable to wear, and very packable. They hold a charge longer than most earbud-style headphones and are water resistant.
What else can you expect from $45 headphones? They're also cheap enough that you don't worry too much about them.
Contributor: Devon Vocke from Evoke Strategy
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