Have you ever been on a business trip and realized you forgot your laptop charger (or something equally important)? Or, perhaps you packed up your family in the cheap car hire and headed to the beach, only to find that you forgot the sunscreen – for which you’ll later pay an arm and a leg to purchase a replacement.
Good news, my friends. The days of forgetting important items when packing are over – thanks to a few useful smart phone apps. Here are some of our top picks that will help you next time you’re putting your suitcase together:
Pack & Go
iPhone and Android users should be sure to check out Pack & Go. Although originally designed for packing diaper bags when traveling with children, the app is a useful tool when packing for business or pleasure. You can choose which type of vacation you’re taking and the app will populate a list of things you shouldn’t forget. And, you can browse through standard lists or create your own and save the template for future trips.
$0.99 for standard, $2.99 for pro
Don’t leave home without Packing or PackingPro. The standard and pro versions allow you to create customized packing lists and edit them whenever you need to add or delete something from your list. You can also look through sample lists (male, female, business, etc.) to get ideas on what you might be missing. After you’ve created your lists, manage them by creating categories. When packing, you can check items off your list for an up-to-date glimpse at what you might be missing. Upgrading to the pro version gets you twice as many sample lists, a double-size catalog, and better sharing options.
Packing is a breeze with the free uPackingList app. Whether you’re going on a business trip, vacation, or fishing trip, the app can help you make sure you don’t forget anything important. Create lists based on items from the app’s catalog of more than 300 items – or ideas of your own. And, you can add specifics like notes or the quantity of each item that you need. As you’re packing, simply tap off items as you put them in your suitcase. The app is available for the iPhone and Android.
If you’re struggling with what to pack for your next vacation, look no further than the Saving Grace app. You can choose a list based on what type of vacation you’re going on – summer, winter, golfing, camping, etc. Then, personalize the list based on what you need by adding or deleting items with a simple tap. While packing, simply tap the item to move it into your “packed” list.
As an added bonus, the app features a list of important things you should consider before any trip – including travel insurance, finding someone to pet sit, watering your plants, and more.
So, before you embark on your next trip, consider downloading one of the above apps. It will give you a stress-free packing experience, which is priceless.
About the Author:
Laura Murphy could never be considered a homebody – in fact, she is quite the opposite. She has traveled all over the world, never staying in one place too long and always anxious to explore new territory. A gig like hers –writing for the cheap car hire site NovaCarHire.com – is a dream come true! She hopes you’ll continue to follow her as she explores the globe…and who knows? Maybe you’ll even learn a thing or two about budget traveling!