Xmas 2016 Special: Commuter Travel Gift Guide


Already? Yes, Christmas is upon us, and, as the marketing teams in companies around the world start spamming you with adverts from every conceivable angle, Tech for Travel thought we would consolidate the best right here for you.

Covering every type of traveller, highlighting next year’s must have Tech along with today’s essentials.

Commuter Travel Gift Guide

Riut Bag

Being based in London, and having been fortunate to work in several big cities around the world I’m fully aware of that doubt you get about your backpack being tampered with when on the tube or bus. Well Riut has the answer!


The backwards backpack not only looks great, but has no access from the front. All compartment and pouch entry points are from the back, giving you a stress free commute!


Originally launched on Kickstarter, the Riut Bag was funded mostly by commuters and through each production cycle user feedback is taken to improve or enhance the following backpack. They are very active on social media and go to great lengths to engage with their customers. What’s not to like!

The Riut Backpack starts from £29 and is available from their webstore.

BOSE QC35 Headphones

Public Transport is always noisy so enjoying your music, a podcast or movie may not be to easy! Why not treat yourself or someone you know to the best noise cancelling headphones on the market!

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Released back in June, the QC35 are the first wireless and noise cancelling headphones from Bose.

With no cable to get in the way, up to 20 hours of battery life and a great design to allow for hours of comfortable wearing the QC35’s have quickly become the must have pair of headphones for all types of commuters. They will connect to any device with Bluetooth technology and come in black or silver.

You will find them priced at £289 on most sites but are available on Amazon with Prime delivery!

Apple iPad Mini

Getting the right tablet to use for a commute can be tricky, but a smaller sized screen with easy to use and navigate apps & OS would suit even the most cramped of commutes.


The Apple iPad mini range currently gives you plenty of options with both the Mini 2 and 4 models on sale you can also pick up a bargain on the Apple Refurbished site! The 7.9 inch Retina display will give you a clear view of your app, games or movies. For extra, you can opt for a cellular model (although this would incur either a monthly fee or pay as you go cost for the sim)

So now you can take all your favorite books, magazines, music and media with you on every trip!

New models start from £239 on the Apple Store, but is well worth checking out the Refurbished by Apple site which offers up some great deals (it is updated daily!)

Otterbox Cases

It happens to us all at some point, dropping your phone or tablet. That sickening sound as it hits the floor laying there face down waiting for you to pick it and assess the damage and possible shattered screen.


Otterbox provide a range of cases and screen protectors for all major smartphones and the top selling tablets from Apple and Samsung. With a variety of styles, colours and materials there is a case to suit most tastes and with top end devices now reaching £1000 it is worth investing in the best protection for them.

You can shop for all the above cases and more at Otterbox.

Something a Bit Different…..

With support or an App for all major platforms why not gift someone an Amazon Prime Subscription?


At £79 for a years membership you will be giving much more than you could fit under the tree this Xmas.

  • Prime Video – Stream unlimited movies with many available for download
  • Prime Music – Over a million tracks for streaming, or build custom playlists for download
  • Prime Photos – Unlimited storage and easy upload for all their photos
  • Kindle First – A new Kindle book each month from the editors pick

So if you know someone who spends a couple of hours every day commuting, why not give them access to millions of movies, TV Shows, music and books!

Visit Amazon Prime for T’s and Cs and to sign up.

Tom, Editor. An online publication providing news & reviews on apps, gadgets and luggage for the connected traveller.


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