Can a smartphone app do what you wish your brain would do -- remember everything you need for your trip, so you don't realize midway through that you forgot sunscreen, toothpaste, shoes, your passport, and everything else? We found one tool that does that, as well as checks the local weather and helps you know what to pack based on where you are going and what you'll do while you're there.
Before we get to the travel-packing app, let us tell you about a couple other resources that will help you plan your next vacation. On this post, 6 travel tips and hacks you've got to know before summer vacation, you will learn about Mobile Passport, Google Maps and Flights, and how travelers use Twitter to air customer complaints (and get amazing results). Use this post to explore 10 travel websites that save you boatloads of money and pick up travel gear before you go.
As always, travel safe and make sure you don't get hacked while you travel.
Travel app reminds you what to pack for vacation
The app is called PackPoint, and it is something every traveler should have on their device. Available for free on both iOS and Android, it is simple to use and incredibly helpful.
All you need to do is enter in your destination, along with the date of travel, length of stay and whether or not you plan on doing laundry while away. You select boxes for what kind of activities you plan on taking part in, and the app takes over from there. Depending on your plans, it will suggest clothes, accessories like headphones, and reminders for the laptop power cord.
If you're already an uber-organized list-maker and vacation packer who forgets nothing, then the $2.99 fee may be better spent treating yourself to a latte at the airport, because you're probably one of those people who's always early for everything! For the rest of us, the three bucks might be worth it.
How PackPoint travel app works
The app comes with a database of activities, most of which are likely for any trip, like going to the gym, photography, hiking, cycling, running, fancy dinners and pretty much anything you can think of! Plus you can add personalized activities. Going to a place that has laundry facilities? Let the app know, and it will adjust clothing recommendations so you don't pack as much.
After PackPoint helps create your packing list, you can then check each item off within the app to make sure nothing is forgotten. If you decide something on the recommended list is not necessary, you can just swipe it away in order to create your perfect packing plan. You can share the list with fellow travelers through the app or over email or text.
Some reviewers have complained that the items are hard to edit once you've entered them and you can't reorder items on the lists, but it looks like the app developer fixed that with an April 2019 update.
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Planning your vacation online is so easy with this free tool
This one online tool lets you store your whole itinerary in one place. It's easy to use, and once you set up your trip, you'll be able to use the app offline, in case you don't have access to the internet while you travel.