1. TripIt

Photograph courtesy of Tripit

TripIt helps you organize your itinerary, and access it from a single app. Simply forward all your confirmation emails—flights, hotels, dinner reservations and rental cars—to plans@tripit.com and the service will automatically organize everything into a detailed summary, complete with confirmation codes, maps and any other information you may need.


2. Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Photograph courtesy of Sony

For added silence while you work during your flight or to better enjoy your music, podcasts or movies, Sony’s WH-1000XM3s are super-soft, great-sounding, noise-cancelling headphones, that wirelessly connect to your phone, tablet or laptop. Along with a battery life of up to 30 hours, one of the most noteworthy features is Quick Attention, where cupping your hand over the right earphone temporarily turns down the audio so you can hear and talk to a flight attendant.

$449.99, sony.ca

3. Waze

Photograph courtesy of Waze

Need to drive to your meeting? Waze is a must-have map app for drivers that helps you get to where you’re going as fast as possible. Unlike other apps, Waze crowdsources traffic and road data from users (called “Wazers”) to deliver real-time info on your route, including traffic, accidents and construction. You’ll also be warned about speed traps.



Photograph courtesy of myCHARGE

There’s nothing worse than your tech conking out before you do. With everything our smartphones can do, it is hard on the battery. Travellers should carry a portable booster so you don’t have to find a wall plug. The myCharge Hub Max 10,050 mAh Power Bank ($99.99, mycharge.com) includes a built-in lightning cable for iPhones and iPads, an integrated micro-USB cable for Android devices, along with a USB-A port to connect anything else.


5. Google Translate

Photograph courtesy of Google Translate

Recently expanded to support more than 100 languages, Google Translate is a traveller’s dream because of its ease of use and offline support (for 59 languages). There are several ways to translate languages: through speech, handwriting or a feature that uses your phone’s camera to scan text, useful for things such as signs or menus.


[This story appears in the July 2019 issue of WestJet Magazine]