Whether you are a spontaneous traveler or meticulously plan every last detail of your trip, your smartphone is your BFF. You probably have a handful of favorite apps that you use to research and book the best deals on flights and hotels—Trip Advisor and Hipmunk are two of the most popular. Here are a few mobile apps to make your summer travel as smooth as possible.
PackPoint – Free
You’re getting ready to hit the hot new nightclub you read about when you realize that you forgot to pack your Jimmy Choo Stilettos. You’re just minutes away from your tee time on the championship golf course when you discover you left your favorite driver in your luxury apartment. They aren’t complete horror stories, but not having what you need while on vacation quickly puts a damper on things. Eliminate the stress of packing by downloading PackPoint. Available for both Apple and Android devices, this must-have app makes a list of everything you need to pack based on the destination, weather forecast and your travel activities. All you have to do is answer a few questions.
HopStop – Free
Download this free app to your phone and public transportation information for upwards of 70 of the world’s largest and busiest cities is just a few taps away. It enables you to find your way in an unfamiliar city with a comprehensive stop-by-stop itinerary.
Wi-Fi Finder – Free
Whether you’re spending a week on a remote beach in Mexico or wandering through the streets of Chicago, you can find the nearest hotspot with this app. It comes in handy when service is spotty, you want to avoid roaming charges or a 3G or 4G network just isn’t enough. Unlike competing apps, you don’t have to be online to use JiWire’s Wi-Fi Finder. Availble on iTunes or Google Play.