kobo sage and libra2 best buy contestNever travel without a Kobo eReader. Slip it in your carryon and you have a whole library of books, without affecting luggage weight limits, and without limiting your reading choices to one or two books during your trip. An eReader is a must have travel item, as essential as a toothbrush or a camera. So read on to learn more and to learn how you can enter for an opportunity to win one of the two newest Kobo eReaders that we recently reviewed on the blog.

An eReader is one of the essentials you need for travelling

Travelling requires planning and making tough choices of what to bring and what not to bring. Even after carefully considering our options, we often find that we packed too much, including many non-essential items, finding that either the luggage is so over stuffed that it won’t close or it does close but is so overweight we risk having to pay a fortune in extra airline fees. Worse, you think you packed everything but arrive at your destination lamenting not having remembered one item. You need an objective list of things that are essential when travelling, like the Travel buying guide we just created on the blog.

It isn’t just a great resource for things to purchase when about to take a trip, it’s also something to guide your packing choices. If it’s not on the list, it may not be a true travel essential. I know what some of you are going to say: my medication isn’t mentioned in that article and it’s essential. Clearly, we couldn’t cover everything for everyone. However, most of the things you might want to take on a trip will be covered in that buying guide. Incidentally, blog articles are editable: if you have a suggestion of something we missed, you can add it in a comment and it might get included in the next round of editing.

Relax, recline, and read

You might have notice that I didn’t actually say why an eReader is essential for travelling. Let’s take a minute to consider a typical trip. You get to the airport and wait for sometimes hours. You try to access Wi-Fi but get no signal: their Wi-Fi is down. You are prepared for this. You get your eReader and scan the selection of books that you downloaded in advance. You feel that the classic Fitzgerald you are half-way into doesn’t suit your mood. You find several others you have been eager to start and pick Rushdie’s “Midnight Children”. When you hear the boarding call, you are surprised to not have even noticed the time fly by. You nudge the person sitting across the aisle with eyes closed and headphones on: she might have missed her plane if you hadn’t been there to awaken her!

A similar scenario could capture the benefits of the eReader while flying across the ocean for many hours. The fact is, an eReader provides the kind of experience you won’t get from other forms of entertainment. You could watch a movie, and might do that for a couple hours, but a book does so much more than a video or film. You aren’t at the director’s mercy for how the story is interpreted, how the characters look, or how the scene feels. Books require you to use your brain with the payoff being you get more out of the experience. There’s a reason why the book is usually much, much better than the film version of the story.

Your whole trip is better thanks to having an eReader along. The two Kobo eReaders we are giving away in this contest are perfect no matter where you go. Read at the beach, the E Ink screen is unaffected by the bright sun; reading is just like on paper. But of course you’ll have thousands of books in a Kobo and it’s waterproof—get it wet and keep reading without a worry. Even at night, under the stars on the patio of your AirBnb, the comfortLight in the eReader means you can read in comfort, without impacting your ability to count shooting stars.

I’ll just add one note about the Kobo Sage and its accompanying Kobo Stylus that we are giving away. You can learn about the similarities and differences between the Sage and the Libra 2 by reading the review on the blog. The biggest difference is that the Sage enables you to take notes right on the screen using the Kobo Stylus. You likely won’t be writing a novel on your travels, but you may find the ability to jot some notes really useful. For example, you could note some of the landmarks you photographed: one of my pet-peeves is looking through my photos after a trip and not being able to remember the names of some places.

How to enter

Entering this contest is easy and you can enter in two different ways.

  1. Read the Travel buying guide on the blog, then in a comment below, tell us one item in that guide that you consider the most essential, and one item not mentioned in that guide that you think is also essential and we should consider adding to improve the buying guide.
  2. For up to two (2) additional entries, create a public post on a social media channel (one entry per channel!) telling your friends and followers that you are entering to win a Kobo eReader from Best Buy; include the hashtag #BBYKOBOContest, so we can find your post, and include a picture of the Kobo prizes like that shown here or above. Then return here and tell us in a comment below, on which channel you posted it and the name of your channel (since many people use pseudonyms) so that we can check and verify your entry. You can use any social media channel (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, LinkedIn, etc) but the post must be public so we can verify it is there. Add one comment below for each social media channel for up to 2 contest entries.

What you can win 

At the end of this contest, we’ll randomly select two (2) winners: one will get the Kobo Sage and Kobo Stylus that were reviewed on the blog, and the other will get the Kobo Libra2 that was reviewed on the blog.

This contest runs from June 29th to July 12th.

Remember you can enter in two different ways, as discussed above. Increase your chances of winning by telling anyone you love to travel with about the contest so they too have a chance to win.

Win a Kobo eReader Contest Rules and Regulations

Good luck!


  1. A travel power adapter, in my opinion, is an essential travel item. Another essential item that is not in the Travel buying guide is a pair of good headphones to use during long flights 🙂

  2. The power adapter is often necessary – some are combined with a power bank, so both are covered there.
    An often essential not mentioned is some cash in the local currency. Debit/credit doesn’t work everywhere, and money often speaks languages that you can’t!

  3. I always like taking my own drink ware and straws! Also essential is first aid items and medications

  4. The travel power adapter is for sure a necessity, if you do want to travel somewhere without our standard plug, you’ll be paying excessive prices to get one anywhere else. As for something not mentioned, I would say with Fanny Packs making a resurgence in fashion, I would recommend getting one for travel. Not only will you be stylish, but you can store anything and have it readily available.

  5. A power bank is essential – even 2 would be better!

    Also another essential is a door stop alarm or some sort of alarm for staying in unfamiliar places!

  6. A travel power adapter is essential and you should have an accessible list of emergency contacts both on your person and in your luggage.

  7. To me, the most essential item would be the camera. Traveling and vacations are more fun when you can capture the memories. The most essential item not on the list would be a flat iron or curlers to ensure always looking your best.

  8. Essential for me would be the luggage scale.
    I would add a waterproof plastic case for my cell phone.

  9. A power bank is essential. Also an HDMI to usb-c cord is great as well to plug into tvs to watch a movie or show in the evenings

  10. La banque d’alimentation est essentielle, car j’utilise toujours mon téléphone pour prendre des photos et naviguer !

  11. I always have and find essiential a luggage scale with me when travelling to make weigh in time smooth at airport. Not on list is personal camera.

  12. Essential for me is the power bank!
    Not mentioned would be nice to have noise cancelling headphones.

  13. I think a power bank is essential. One item not mentioned are noise cancelling headphones to drown out airplane noise!

  14. Power bank for me is essential so none of my gadgets die while on route!

    Noise cancelling headphones are so essential for me! It’s a big help while on the plane or at a hotel!

  15. The one thing I consider most essential on the travel buying guide is an unlocked cell phone! It’s important to me that I’m able to reach others and be reached when needed no matter where I am.

    The one thing I’d add from my list are noise cancelling headphones for travelling on planes, trains or any noisy environment.

  16. The Power bank is essential, as I always use my phone to take pictures and navigate!

    I would suggest bringing a USB powered fan, as it gets warm in a lot of areas

  17. The one item that is essential is the travel power adapter. An item that should be added is smart luggage tags to keep track of your luggage.

  18. I would say the camera is essential for travelling and I would add memory cards to the list.

  19. A luggage scale is essential – saves any hassles at the airport over weight limits! Also, noise cancelling headphones are essential and should be added – block out that poor crying baby that seems to be on every flight 🙂

  20. I think that a luggage scale is essential and one item not on the guide that is essential is a first aid kit.

  21. for me memory cards, I take lots of pictures. Not on the list I narrowed down to 2 items. A portable SSD for backing up the memory cards and ANC earbuds/headphones

  22. Travel power adapter is essential for your electronics. Also, wireless earbuds are essential for commuting.

  23. A Carry-on luggage is essential and a first aid kit is also essential and not listed in the artical.

  24. Luggage Scale is essential and one item not on the guide that is essential is a first aid kit.

  25. The carry-on luggage is essential to travel so you can carry your belongings.

    In our list we also have noise canceling headphones as essential to travel especially on the plane

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