Best Travel Headsets

Best Travel Headsets – As always the decision on what to go for is down to you as an individual, but we are quietly self-assured that we have given you some food for thought.

If you are still unsettled on the overhead versus in-ear argument then why not thumb through some of our previous headphone articles for inspiration.

However, if you are looking for a set to travel with on an airplane then we will have hopefully highlighted the benefits of overhead/over-ear models for you clearly in today’s article and informative buyers guide

With an over headset of headphones the biggest choice to make is really just wired or wireless, once this is settled you can set to work sourcing a large-aperture pair which are suitably decked out for wearing for long periods.


Comfort is really key when choosing a set of cups to keep your company on the go whether you are flying or not.

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10.Active Noise

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Best Travel Headsets – BUYER’S GUIDE

1. Budget

Headphones can range anywhere from a few dollars to several thousand dollars, and up to a certain point, you’ll get what you pay for. The headphones with the most features (noise-cancellation, Bluetooth, voice assistant capabilities, touch controls, etc.) will cost the most money. However, once you get into the high hundreds and thousands, you’ll probably be paying more for frills like diamonds or engraved materials that don’t actually enhance the sound quality.

Consider your current budget, but also consider your new headphones an investment that can travel with you for many years. While you may be a little put off by $300 headphones, weigh that with the fact that you’ll be able to travel much more peacefully.

2. Comfort

Chances are you’ll be wearing your headphones for several hours at a time. It’s important that they sit comfortably on your ears and on your head (if you’re a fan of over-the-ear headphones), so your ears aren’t hurting after watching only one episode of The Big Bang Theory.

3. Noise-Cancellation

If you’re a frequent flyer, then good noise-cancelling headphones are almost essential. Not only are they great for you because you won’t hear what’s going on around you, but they’re also great for your neighbors as they won’t be able to hear what you’re listening to either.

4. Over-Ear vs. In-Ear

There are pros and cons to both, but it comes down to what’s more comfortable for you.

Over-ear headphones tend to be more comfortable and you’ll have less chance of hearing what’s going on around you because your ears will be in the ear cups. However, they’re also larger, can be more difficult to pack, and are likely more expensive.

In-ear headphones, or earbuds, are great for those who like versatility. They are great whether you’re relaxing on an airplane or heading out for a run. Packing them is super simple because they’re lightweight and don’t take up a lot of space. On the con side, some people don’t like the feeling of having headphones in their ears.

5. Size & Weight

Size and weight are really only issues if you’re getting over-the-ear headphones, but they’re still important. When you’re not wearing them, you need to have a safe place to store them. Some headphones come with a case to enhance durability and simplify storage. Others can be folded in different ways, so you have options about how to store them.

Weight isn’t necessarily that important in terms of packing, but more so because you’re probably going to be wearing them for long periods of time and you don’t want them to feel heavy on your head.

6. Wired vs. Wireless

This also comes down to preference, but there are some things to consider before you buy your next set of headphones.

  • Audio Quality – Tends to be better with wired headphones
  • Battery Life – Wired headphones are not restricted by a battery life. While wireless ones do have a certain battery life, many premium options give you more than enough listening time to get through a day. Also consider how often you’ll have the opportunity to recharge the battery if you choose wireless headphones.
  • Compatibility – You must ensure your headphones are compatible with your device when you choose wired headphones. A perfect example is the fact that the iPhone 7 and its successors up to this point lack a headphone jack, meaning you’ll either have to buy a separate adaptor or go for a wireless model.
  • Controls – Wired headphones with control buttons are usually located on the upper part of the wire, and most people find them pretty easy to use. Wireless headphones typically have buttons located on the side or back of the earphones. Sometimes these buttons are smaller and people may have a more difficult time using them. But practice makes perfect, so if you choose wireless headphones you should get used to the buttons once you’ve used them a few times.
  • Convenience – If you’re on an airplane then it’s not likely you’ll be more than a foot or two away from your phone. But if you like to dance around your hotel room, then you probably don’t want to do that with a phone in your hand. Wired headphones mean you can’t go more than four to six feet from your phone, but with wireless headphones, many have a range of around 30 feet.
  • Cost – Wireless headphones tend to be more expensive than wired ones.
  • Interference – Not a problem with wired headphones. With wireless headphones, be mindful that interference is more likely the further you are from your phone, and other Bluetooth-enabled devices like computers and televisions can also mess with the sound quality. A simple solution would be to deactivate the Bluetooth on your other devices when you’re not using them, but outside interference is always a possibility.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it worth buying noise canceling headphones?

If you are prepared to invest in a quality listening experience and the added benefit of blocking external noise when you’re in noisy situations, noise canceling headphones are worth buying.

Can noise canceling headphones cause hearing loss?

Noise canceling headphones do not emit love level radiation like phones do so the risk is minimal. However, listening to music loud on any device, not just noise canceling headphones, may be hazardous to your hearing.

What are the best noise Cancelling headphones for travel?

These are some of our favorite noise-cancelling headphones:

  • Sony WH1000XM3
  • Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II)
  • Sony WH1000XM3

Are noise canceling headphones worth it for flying?

Noise-canceling headphones are worth the price tag, especially when flying. On an airplane, the low hum of engine noise is almost completely obliterated. But higher or transient sounds like crying babies and people’s voices may still be able to seep in depending on the quality of your headphones.

How do noise canceling headphones work?

Noise canceling headphones work by creating a noise canceling wave that is 180° out of phase with the ambient noise around you.

This wave acts like a noise eraser and cancels out any surrounding sounds that diminish the audio you really want to hear. Noise canceling headphones aren’t magic, but they can feel like something close to it in the right situations.


Traveling the world is a dream, but getting there isn’t always so dreamy. Whether it’s the noise from the airplane’s engine, the snoring passenger next to you, or the lovely baby screaming behind you, quality headphones are key to making your journey more peaceful.