Has to be done, but the word doesn't conjure up our most positive experiences.
It doesn't help that the average British commuter spends about 200 hours a year pushing pedals, sitting in traffic and battling their way onto trains in their quest to make it to work on time. That's a whopping 5 weeks all together, which is why we've decided to get you right on track (or road, or cycle lane) with some great ideas on how you can take control of your commute.
Whether you're looking to cut through the yawning morning crowd with a style statement like the 50 Cent endorsed SMS Audio STREET headphones or immerse yourself in a private world of crystal clear audio with some AKG K495 noise cancelling headphones , 'cans' are more popular than ever. Cyclists out there should consider Monster iSport earbuds. Ready to go with quality Monster sound, you can wear just one for extra awareness of your surroundings and take calls without missing a beat using the in-line mic.
Ready for the crush
eReaders meanwhile, are a must-have for anyone craving a little food for thought or the latest headlines on the move. Compact and simple enough to operate with one hand, they put an end to bumping fellow commuters with your broadsheet, while putting a virtual library in the palm of your hand.
Amazon's Kindle has been leading the charge for years now - and with good reason. A selection of more than 900,000 books, newspapers and magazines means you'll never be stuck for something to read in the crush.
For some, work just seems to keep following them home (have a look at our 'working from home feature' for some tips on this), but for others the day begins before they even reach the office. Real power users should consider an Ultrabook; slim, powerful and responsive, the HP Spectre sits at the top of the pile. The Intel i5 processor throws presentations about with ease and the slim but tough metal frame is perfect for backpacks and bags.
We know that space can be at premium on trains and buses so tablets also deserve a mention. The new iPad is great for reviewing documents and spreadsheets in crowded carriages when teamed with the iWork app.
After all that maybe you need to unwind a little on your way home? Then Sony's PS Vita could be just the thing. Boasting some of the most advanced portable action out there, the Vita comes in Wi-Fi and 3G versions so you can download games or work off some steam against opponents around the globe. Our impressive range of bundles gives you everything you need - from cases to games - for the longest journeys.