London at times feels a bit like a dog eat dog world there can only be winners and losers.
Everyone fighting to get ahead in the game like a group toddlers squabbling over a toy.
If you tend to be the sort of person that lets people just get on with it then you might feel like at times you get left behind.
Nowhere is this magnified more than on the London Underground.
If for instance you always find yourself standing on the Tube or losing out on the arm rests to more aggressive elbows it sounds like you are being far too easy going.
Thankfully some bright sparks invented a plethora of apps, gadgets and gizmos to help you get ahead on the Tube.
You’ll be laughing the loudest once you download this app to your phone.
City mapper takes train timetables to the next level by telling you things such as which carriage to get in so you can make a quicker exit at your destination.
2. Mini stool
You may be under the belief these are for elderly people when they go for a long walk but you would be well off the mark.
Why fight for a seat on the Tube when you can bring your own.
Yes people may stare at you but you will be one jumping off the train with a hop, skip and a jump after a well rested journey.
3. Cooling vests
Heat is one of the biggest problems on the Underground.
Everyone has got a view on it and a tip on how they keep cool from wearing shorts to standing at the front of the carriage where the window opens.
A cooling vest is definitely worth investing in to make that journey much more comfortable.
They are super snazzy and fit nicely under your work clothes.
4. Aero seat cooling cushion
Another gadget that will help you keep cool when commuting.
The cooling cushion is battery powered and “funnels a cooling wind through the material”.
As well as using it on the Underground you can also use it on your seat at work.
5. Ostrich pillow
The one thing everyone can agree on is not getting enough sleep.
With some commuters travelling on the Underground for up to an hour it makes sense that this time is converted into nap time.
Ostrich pillows basically enable you to sleep anywhere whether that’s standing up or sitting down.
The really good thing is they completely cover your eyes so hopefully you won’t feel too self consious.
6. Tablet holders
More and more people are sitting down to watch their favourite box sets while travelling on the Tube.
The download can all all be done at home so you don’t need an internet connection.
However holding your tablet can become a bit of a pain on a crowded carriage.
The good news is there are some nifty gadgets for hands free tablet holding leaving you to multi task on your way to work.
7. Battery-powered hand-held fan
Despite everyone complaining about the temperature on the Underground you never see people with hand-held fans.
Maybe they are not cool (as in the Fonz) enough.
However one quick Google will show just how far hand held fans have come.
Get one and you will be the envy of the tube.
Probably the most self-explanatory gadget on the list but it’s worth noting that the technology around powerbanks is growing.
They are getting smaller, more efficient, more attractive and more powerful.
9. Wacaco Minipresso
Many people rely on a coffee fix first thing to get themselves feeling spritely in the morning.
Problem is sometimes you just don’t have enough time to grab one or there’s some horrendous queue at the coffee shop.
Fear not because with a Wacaco Minipresso you’ll be able to make your own on the Tube.
A brilliant addition to your morning commute.