Planning for your next big trip can be exciting and frustrating at the same time: you look forward to getting out of town and seeing new places, but you have trouble knowing what to bring and reassuring yourself that you’ve thought of everything before you leave.
The good news is that there are plenty of apps created from your mobile devices that can help you plan nearly every aspect of your trip. Worried about forgetting something? You can download an app that will help you plan your packing situation. Wonder what the weather holds? There’s an app for that, too. Whatever you need, app developers have you covered. Here are some of the best apps you should consider downloading — and keeping! — before your next trip.
Pack Like a Pro
PackPoint Packing is an app that will literally tell you everything you may need for your trip, whether you’re going to the next town over or on a two-week European vacation.
All you have to do is type in the name of the city you are traveling to and the app does the rest. It will ask you a few questions, like if you are willing to wear something more than once and if you are traveling for business or pleasure, and it will create a list of items that you should pack.
You can also create a checklist that you can tick off as you pack so you know exactly what you have in your bag before zipping it up and heading out.
What Will the Weather Bring?
One of the biggest mistakes you can make before a trip is not knowing what type of weather you will be facing one you reach your destination. This free, detailed weather app has everything you need to stay in the know.
Weather Live Free has all of the information you need: temperature, precipitation, hourly forecast, and more. It also has an up-to-the-minute weather radar that lets you keep an eye on any fronts in your area.
The best feature, however, is the widget that lets you see the information without even opening the app. Just customize it for the stats you want and they’ll appear right on your homescreen for easy access.
Explore With Ease
The Lonely Planet app can give you vital information on cities you go to so that you can explore them without worry.
The app provides guidebooks and advice for cities all around the world, which include maps — both online and offline — and tours curated by people who know the cities well. You can find interesting landmarks, restaurants and bars with the “near me” feature, and you can bookmark your favorite places so you can easily find them again. The app even has built-in phrase books in 19 different languages, so you will never feel lost.
Before you leave for your next trip, check out these apps. They are so helpful that you’ll keep them on your device, even after you get home!
Demi Joyce is a woman on an adventure, she has a round-the-world airline ticket in her pocket and nothing that needs her attention back home for a year. She’s sharing her journey, her top travel tips and more through her articles.