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Why you need portable white noise


I HEART White Noise

While we're on the topic of white noise, what it is, and how to use it, I thought 'd share some of my thoughts on portability and how much I love it. In addition to increasing productivity at work, white noise can also aid in travel. Not too long ago, I posted an ode to white noise on my personal blog. So, yes, I am already quite taken with white noise. However, that was not always the case. In fact, one of the main reasons I waited so long to implement white noise in our home was travel. I didn't want to haul around a huge fan (a knock-off white noise generator) on our trips. Whether we were going to visit family or friends, or even more exotic, such as our trips overseas or our move across the pond, I simply was at a loss for how to replicate white noise and still pack light.

Enter portable white noise.

This kind of option was not even on my radar. I'd like to share with you why I think anyone who travels at all should invest in good portable white noise generators (aka sound machines).

Why you Need Portable White Noise, too

I think we can all agree that a good night of sleep makes a world of difference on any day. Whether I need to work or not yell at my children is determined almost solely by the amount of solid, uninterrupted sleep I got the previous night. So, in addtion to better sleep, here’s the practical side to what they bring to the table (or a hotel room, for that matter):

  1. Obviously, they cover noise. So, wherever you are, you are not held captive to ambient noise. This can be clutch, especially if you’re by the elevator or below partiers in a hotel- or anywhere in a Latin-American or UK or European hotel the night of a soccer game. Yikes. Been there and didn’t sleep because it was before my white noise revelation. Tragedy.
  2. Portable sound machines are small and lightweight, making them an easy addition to any baggage. Even when we fly with only carry-ons, we still have room for our sound machines.
  3. They can be plugged in or can operate on batteries. If you’re worried about safety (ie kids getting tangled up in cords), you can go off batteries and avoid cords completely.
  4. They help with tinnitus. Sound therapy found in many sound machines, such as Sound Oasis, is a highly effective means of treating "ringing in the ears."
  5. Jet lag reduction. If you've ever jet lagged before, you know how valuable this is.
  6. Alarm clock function. Again just another practical feature that is nice to have on the road.

Portable, reliable white noise generators are honestly one of the best investments we’ve ever made. In fact, we have 3- 1 for each bedroom. And they are the first things we pack, no matter where we go.