Travel

By Lisa Penza

When it comes to travel, it’s important to stay organized. A list or inventory of what goes in the suitcase is a helpful way to make sure it all makes it home. But bits of paper or printed lists can get just as lost, and a laptop isn’t always available or handy. But your phone is always at your side and you know what they say; there’s an app for that.

Saving Grace by Grace Hotels offers a wonderfully comprehensive packing app. The options available in this app make it impossible to forget any item when packing to go to or to leave your destination. Once you’ve entered the trip info into the app, you can then choose a season to pack for, or pack for them all. Saving Grace then compiles a list of everything you may ever need or want for this trip. And by organizing the items into neat categories – clothing, toiletries, entertainment, etc. – going through the check list at the beginning and end of your trip becomes a simple task. Saving Grace also takes care of the pre-trip tasks by assembling a nifty to-do list of everything you may need done before parting. No more worries on the plane or frantic calls to the hotel. Just peace of mind. Available for free for iPhone in the iTunes store.

While that takes care of everything in the bag, All My Baggage helps you keep track of the bags themselves, as well as other airport details. All My Baggage gives you one app to keep track of everything you’ll need for your, from flight information to where you parked your car. A list is also included for you to enter how many bags you have accompanying you, plus any and all carry-on items so nothing gets left behind. The list suggests popular items, and gives you plenty of room to add your own to keep track of. Easily click off each travel item as you collect it and know you’re leaving the airport intact. Free and available for iPhone in the iTunes store.

Three bags can become four, full of souvenirs and other bits bought during your stay. Enter the MyRegistry.com Universal Wishlist with Barcode Scanner app. Shop wherever you are in the world and use the barcode scanner to add items to your wishlist for purchase at a later date, or as hints for gift buyers. The barcode scanner can also be used to find the best deals on the possible purchase, so you can save some coinage on these expensive excursions. With the ability to check in on other’s wishlists on the go, you can buy the perfect souvenir for family and friends. MyRegistry.com Universal Wishlist with Barcode Scanner is free and available for iPhone and Android devices. Find more in your mobile app stores.

Originally published September 2011
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