Ten handy gadgets for rail travellers


For the regular commuter or avid traveller, trains are not always the most convenient of places. Seats can be uncomfortable, amenities are often limited and long journeys can be boring.

Here’s a selection of handy gadgets to make those tiresome train journeys just a bit more manageable.

1. Rest in comfort with the Trtl Pillow

Price: £24.95

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Sick of waking up with a painful crick in your neck, or simply struggling to get comfy in a train seat?

The Trtl Pillow is scientifically designed to hold the neck in an ergonomic position during rest. It works more efficiently then a standard u-shaped travel pillow, it’s more compact, simple to store and easily attaches to luggage.

With a variety of colours and patterns to chose from, not only does it look good but it makes nodding heads a thing of the past, leaving travellers well rested, even in the most uncomfortable of positions.

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Get it here: www.amazon.co.uk

2. Keep connected on the go with the Anker Astro Battery Pack

Price: £10.99

Never be without an extra charge when travelling with this battery pack. With exclusive PowerIQ Technology, this pack can find your device to provide its fastest possible charge.

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The Anker Astro pack also has a high capacity charge for most devices, including two charges for iPhone 6s and 7 and at least one full charge for 7 Plus, Galaxy S7, Nexus 5 and other smartphones.

It’s compact enough to fit into a pocket, saving plenty of space and it recharges within 5 hours. This is certainly a gadget every rail traveller should have.

Get it here: www.amazon.co.uk

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3. Save on storage with the NOMADer Collapsible Water Bottle 

Price: £17.95

It’s not easy to keep hydrated on a train, especially outside of first class – that’s why it’s essential to have a water bottle hanging about.

The NOMADer Collapsible bottle goes even further, providing durability with its unbreakable silicone body as well as versatility as it’s dishwasher safe, handles hot and cold drinks and it’s foldable too.

The NOMADer is also leak-proof, so there’s need to worry about spilling your drink if the train starts jolting about.

What’s more, it’s made of 100% food-grade materials; free of latex and other harmful chemicals, so you can keep yourself hydrated the healthy way.

Get it here: www.amazon.co.uk

4. Keep your valuables safe with the Pacsafe Travelsafe 

Price: £59.90

The last thing any rail traveller needs is to lose any valuables along the way. The Pacsafe Travelsafe is a brilliant portable item that’s perfect for storing tablets, cameras, jewellery and other smaller items securely, ensuring that you can sit back and relax.

The Pacsafe simply locks to a secure fixture by its stainless steel cable and combination lock. It also has a steel wire mesh embedded into a poly canvas fabric to ensure thieves can’t gain access.

Secure, compact and light, the Pacsafe is a must-have for smart travellers.

Get it here: www.amazon.co.uk

5. Keep occupied on those long journeys with AllMyReads

Price: 99p

Long train journey? Why not alleviate your boredom with some amazing rail reads from AllMyreads.

AllMyReads is a book subscription service which allows you to have unlimited access to more than 100 digital book titles.

With books ranging between steam, diesel, historical and modelling, any rail enthusiast or casual reader can find something interesting to get stuck into.

You can access the digital books on multiple platforms including your desktop, tablet or phone and with a wide range of topics to choose from, you’ll be covered.

Get it here: www.allmyreads.com

6. Get organised with the Vemingo Travel Wallet 

Price: £12.99

It’s always a real pain to dig through your bags to retrieve tickets, money or cards – that’s why every rail traveller needs a travel wallet.

The Vemingo Travel Wallet is a fantastic way to keep all your essentials in one tidy place, including travel documents, passports, cards, cash, keys and even phones.

It’s especially useful in crowded areas, protecting all the important stuff with its durable, tear-resistant fabric and an RDIF blocking shield to prevent personal detail cloning.

Organisation is key to smooth travelling, so grab a Vemingo Travel Wallet before your next train journey.

Get it here: www.amazon.co.uk

7. Block out the light with the PaiTree Eye Mask 

Price: £7.99

After long hours of travelling it might be time for a some sleep, however, if it’s daytime, or there’s glaring fluorescent lights on, it can be difficult to snooze. The PaiTree Eye Mask is the answer to blocking out those bright lights and sun-rays.

What makes the PaiTree different from a standard flat eye mask are it’s contoured edges which curve around your eyes to ensure 100% blackout with a comfortable fit.

There’s no strain against your eyelashes, plenty of room for blinking and no pressure due to its light and breathable low-rebound memory foam and smooth fabric. Make sure you get the shut-eye you need without any disruptive light.

Get it here: www.amazon.co.uk

8. Make sure you’re secure with Diyife Luggage Locks

Price: £7.49

You can’t put a price on security, especially when travelling. Things go missing or items can be dropped somewhere, therefore it’s vital to ensure your valuables are under lock and key.

The Diyife Luggage Locks are a great security gadget to have on hand. They can be used on a wide range of luggage including suitcases, backpacks, cases and so on.

The 3-digit combination code removes the need for a key, making it easy for you to access but harder for thieves to do so.

These locks will give any rail traveller peace of mind, protecting your valuables anywhere, anytime.

Get it here: www.amazon.co.uk

9. Keep yourself caffeinated with the Wacaco Minipresso 

Price: £52.90

Are you a coffee connoisseur? The Wacaco Minipresso is a fantastic portable coffee maker, ideal for rail travellers, whether short or long distance.

The Minipresso has been designed to be the smallest and lightest it can be to ensure it doesn’t take up much space. Despite its small size though, this machine still packs a punch.

All you have to do is add boiling water to the tank and the pistons within the Minipresso inject the water into the coffee adapter, after a few pushes a tasty cup of espresso will be ready to drink.

It’s entirely hand-operated, so there’s no battery or electric power needed, making this little device a great luxury gadget to have on the rails.

Get it here: www.amazon.co.uk

10. Cozy up with the Travelrest Travel Blanket 

Price: £19.99

Trains can get pretty chilly and if you need a quick snooze it’s a chore to do so in cool temperatures – that’s why a comfy blanket can’t go amiss.

The Travelrest 4-in-1 Travel Blanket is a lightweight, easily packable, warm and soft companion for a savvy traveller.

It can be used as a poncho-style blanket with shoulders that don’t slip down, or as a pillow for the head or neck.

The blanket also has a built in carry case with a strap. Portable, compact and super cozy.

Get it here: www.amazon.co.uk

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