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5 must-have apps for traveling

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I’ve been on the road a lot this summer, and even thought it’s drawing to a close, there’s still a lot of travel ahead of me with out of town soccer games and visiting our college freshman 4 hours away.

I rely a lot on my phone to keep information at hand when I’m away from home, and there are thousands of apps out there that can help you do just that, and make your trip a little more organized.

These are some of my favorite apps that I always keep handy when I travel:

Tripit - If you’re not familiar with Tripit, you should be, I love this app. It keeps all of your travel information (reservations, flights, itineraries etc.) in one place. It’s as simple as forwarding your confirmation e-mail (or, you can enter information into Tripit manually) to your TripIt account, and Tripit automatically builds you an itinerary you can access from anywhere. No more combing through e-mails for that confirmation or flight number!

iExit - I’ve recently traveled some by myself with my youngest child, and when it’s just us, I want to make sure our stops are safe and efficient. iExit provides real time Interstate exit information to help you answer that age old question, “Where’s a ‘good’ exit?” Since you shouldn’t use it while you are driving, I’ve taught him to use it, and we look for a good place to stop together.

AroundMe - Just like the name implies, AroundMe is a location app to quickly find out about your immediate surroundings. It’s invaluable for finding things like restaurants or the nearest drugstore when you’re in an unfamiliar city. It shows you a list of businesses in the category you chose, as well as the distance and route from where you are.

RepairPal - This is an app I hope I don’t need frequently, but I’ve used it more than once (just last week, as a matter of fact). RepairPal is a location-based app that lets you find a car repair shop near you, get an estimate, get roadside help and more.

Ambiance - Everyone in my family sleeps with white noise, and when on the road at a hotel or a friend’s house, things can seem awfully quiet at night and it can be hard to get to sleep. Ambiance is an app that provides noises and sounds that can help you sleep, relax or set a mood.

I’m always on the lookout for great travel apps to keep me organized, do you have a favorite one? Tell us about it in the comments below!



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  • Try Trekaroo for family user reviews about kid friendly attractions,accommodations and stops along the way on your vacation. Then you can share your opinion too. We always use our app…even the kids can do it!

    Michelle Brennan  |  September 24th, 2012 at 10:25 am

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