Editors' pick: Originally published Nov. 2.
Everyone's been there. All of your reports are filed and your boss is only slightly pissed, so you make your valiant escape from a hellish week at the office. A stiff drink to celebrate your unexpected survival seems moments away. That is, until you hit wall-to-wall traffic before you even leave the parking lot. Blaring horns and drivers going under the speed limit in the left lane make you wonder why you ever bother trying to leave work at all.
While nothing will ever make a three-hour daily commute OK (My life is in shambles), you can make time spent in the car or on the train a little less vomit-inducing. Consider this the survival kit you never knew you needed.
There's nothing worse than when your phone dies at the beginning of a long train ride. Without a great set of headphones and newsfeeds to scroll, you may be forced to acknowledge that other people exist. Fortunately, the ZeroLemon charging case gives your iPhone that little boost you need to continue being the antisocial introvert you are.
If you're an Apple hater or prefer a less bulky phone case than the one above, I won't discriminate; things aren't completely hopeless for you. The AirX external battery can give multiple devices that ever-so-coveted train ride charge. Just don't forget to bring it with you.
Nothing is quite as annoying as hearing the train's token loud mouth ramble out his or her life story, especially in the morning. Although, it really is sad her third cousin's dog died, save yourself from the insanity with a little Bluetooth noise cancellation from Bose.
If you wanted Cold Brew, you would have gone to Starbucks. Since you deserve coffee that is hotter than your co-worker's lukewarm attitude, treat yourself to a quality travel mug. Thermos' variety keeps it hot for up to seven hours. (Pray your commute isn't that long.)
If you're among the unfortunate souls who haven't been blessed with a Bluetooth enabled car, you may have once suffered through your commute in silence, or worse ... listened to talk radio. No more. The Nulaxy allows you to connect the power of your smartphone to your car's speakers. If only it could do something about your data plan.
With the approximate 40,000 reply all emails you receive on any given day, it's nice to occasionally read something that isn't to the tune of "Karen will be out of the office today." See your commute as an opportunity to learn something, catch up on the news or even to read the latest garbage "literary" sensation. The Kindle Paperwhite lets you do all of that free of screen glare.
On top of being stressful, sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic can be a smelly and toxic experience. There's a reason Glade hasn't come out with "fume" and "oil spill" scents yet. Breathe a little cleaner with the Tekey air purifier.
Regularly rocking the business professional game can be a major pain in the ascot, especially for those stuck driving to work. Never start your day with watching your perfectly pressed jacket ruined in the cruel embrace of a car door again. High Road turns your backseat into the drive-in closet you never knew you needed.
Face it, you may be young at heart but you're basically 400 years old now. A sore back is the last thing you need during a long drive back to home and freedom. Show off your inner senior citizen and equip your car with a cushion designed to relieve pressure and improve your posture.
Your commute shouldn't be the biggest threat to your sleep schedule; that's what the upcoming election is for. Steal back a few extra minutes of sleep on the train with this super soft neck pillow. PSA: If you end up sleeping through your stop, it kind of defies the purpose of this guide.