Airplane flights can be pretty boring. You’re stuck sitting in a small seat anywhere from an hour to 24 hours, depending on how far you’re traveling. So what can you do to pass the time? Here are some must-have entertainment devices to bring with you for the trek.
Devices with Airplane Mode
Pretty much all devices that typically use cell service or Wi-Fi have the ability to be put into Airplane Mode. This shuts off all communication including Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi, and cellular service. This is a great way to continue using your devices without worrying about disrupting the airplane’s flight operation. You’ll need to prepare ahead, however, if you plan on doing this. Many applications will not function when in airplane mode because they require connecting to a server to store information or access other data.
Great ways to use your device include preloading digital copies of movies, MP3s, audio books, and ebooks. If done prior to your flight, you won’t need Wi-Fi or cell service to access these files. Another option is to turn on Airplane Mode on your device and see what works and what doesn’t. You’ll find that many top-rated apps, like Angry Birds Star Wars and Temple Run 2 will still work — without ads even — giving you a relaxing way to pass the time.
MyCharge Peak 6000 Rechargeable Power Bank
Getting a Peak 6000, or something along the same lines, is a great way for your device’s battery to last longer. With this charger, you’ll be able to charge without the need of a plug, if one is not available on the plane. It’s compatible with iOS devices (iPhone, iPod and iPad) as well as Samsung, LG, Blackberry and Motorola phones and various tablets. It can also charge up to three devices at once — perfect if you’re traveling with your family.
Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones
If you’ve ever been on a flight, you know how noisy it can be. In case you end up sharing a flight with a screaming baby or near kids who are squealing in delight about their first airplane ride, you’ll need to bring provisions. Having a nice pair of noise cancelling headphones will be the perfect complement to any airplane flight, whether you’re traveling on United Airlines, Southwest, JetBlue or Delta.
Bose QuietComfort headphones are top-of-the-line and can connect to devices for listening to music or movies. Customized to work with Apple products, you can control music functions on all iOS devices with controls on the cord.
Handheld Gaming Systems
For simple ways to keep yourself or your kids entertained, consider bringing along a portable gaming system. Top choices include Nintendo 3DS and PSP 3000. These are all highly rated systems with various strengths. The PSP 3000 includes the option of expandable memory while the Nintendo 3DS has 4 GB of memory. They both support Wi-Fi and the 3DS includes a camera.
So what do you do to keep yourself entertained throughout an airplane ride? What’s the longest flight you’ve ever been on?