By Endsley Eggert
We’re all on our phones anyway, so might as well use them to aid in our travel experience. Below are some of the travel apps that I have found and used over the years. From flights, to packing, to city maps and even first aid, these smartphone apps will ensure you are well prepared to enjoy your trip(s) to the fullest.
GateGuru: Have a long layover and need to find some way to kill the time? GateGuru will become your best friend. Input your itinerary and let GateGuru do the rest. You’ll receive information about your check-in terminal, weather at the airport, terminal and gate arrival/departure information, flight status, estimated TSA security wait times, airport food and amenity information (did you know that San Francisco International Airport has a yoga room?), and airport maps and tips to help you navigate an unfamiliar airport. Free on Android, iOS, and Windows Phone.
easyJet: We all love to fly this cheap airline, well maybe not love but we do love the prices! And they just made it easier. You can search, book and manage your flights all in the palm of your hand. Free on iOS.
Ryanair: Search cheap flights right on your iPhone and manage your bookings. You’re able to check-in for your flights and get your mobile boarding pass direct to your phone so you don’t have to worry about finding a printer! Free on iOS.
Skyscanner: Skyscanner helps you find cheap flights with just a couple of clicks! They help you compare millions of flights and hundreds of airlines in seconds. When you’ve found your perfect flight, they will link you to the airline so you can buy directly and get the best deal. Free on Android and iOS.
Sleep Sounds HQ: If you’re like me, you absolutely cannot sleep in silence. Maybe your years of urban living have made you accustomed to fall sleep to the sound of honking cars, or you have been conditioned to sleep with a Sound Machine from Hammacher Schlemmer (thats me). Sleep Sounds HQ to the rescue! There are more than 600 natural and city sounds for travelers who need more than a bed to get to sleep. Search sounds from their 19 categories including ocean, cricket & insects, fire, public places and household. I am all about the White Noise. $1.99 on iOS.
Jetlag Genie: This app is here to help you battle jet lag! Input travel dates, destinations, and usual sleeping times and it will generate a personalized alarm clock to help you get settled in your new time zone. $2.99 on iOS.
Entrain: Entrain is another alarm clock for jet-lagged travelers. It was developed by researchers from University of Michigan and includes a lighting schedule to recommend some darkness during the day or some hours of bright light to help you overcome jet lag. Free on iOS.
SafeTrek: If you find yourself in a potentially unsafe situation, the SafeTrek button could be your lifeline. Feeling uncomfortable walking home from the bar? Hold the SafeTrek button until you feel safe. If nothing unexpected happens, input your unique 4-digit pin. If a situation takes a turn for the worse, simply let go of the safe button and the police will be immediately notified. Free on Android and iOS.
Hopstop: Hopstop provides public transport information covering more than 68 of the world’s biggest metropolitan hubs. You are only a few taps away from a stop-by-stop itinerary. Free on Android, iOS, and Windows Phone.
PackPoint: PackPoint will help you never forget anything again! This intelligent packing list will build your perfect list based on length of stay, weather of your destination, and any activities planned during your trip. Free on Android and iOS.
Sunscreen: I think this app was made for me, the pasty white girl who only gets burned… Input your skin type and the SPF of your sunscreen and this app will set a countdown timer on when you’re due to put on a second coat. It even takes the UVI rating of your current location into account. Free on iOS.
Onavo: I’m not exactly sure how this app works but all I know is that it does and I’m not complaining! Once installed, Onavo will reduce the amount of data required to post your perfect picture of pizza to Instagram or share your thoughts on Facebook. It will also keep your parents happy when the next phone bill comes in the mail. Free on Android and iOS.
TravelSafe Pro: A database of all emergency service numbers for almost every country you visit. Embassy details, access to police, ambulances and more. $0.99 on Android and iOS.
SitOrSquat: Yes, this app is exactly what it sounds like. With a list of almost 95,000 bathrooms worldwide, this app tells you whether a toilet is open or closed and if they have hand dryers, stalls, or single rooms. When you got to go, you got to go! Free on BlackBerry and iOS.
WeatherPro: Up-to-date weather reports so you can make sure you’re never caught without an umbrella. $2.99 on Android, iOS and Windows Phone.
Wi-Fi Finder: Don’t want to use data to upload your perfect picture of pizza? Fire up this app and follow the directions to your nearest wifi source. The offline mode allows you to download maps before you go so you don’t have to worry about a massive cell phone bill and angry parents. Free on Android and iOS.
Pocket First Aid & CPR from the American Heart Association: While you will hopefully never have to use this app, it could come in handy in case of an emergency. Pocket First Aid guides you through tough medical situations with images and videos. From allergic reactions to snake bites to electrical burns, you will be prepared for any situation. You can even customize a profile with your emergency contacts, medications, and any other important information. $3.99 on Android and iOS.
Converter+ by TranCreative: There are many converter apps out there but this is the one I use. Not only does Converter+ help me with currency or weight conversions to make sure my luggage isn’t overweight, it also comes with many calculators like mortgage, loan, tip, or fuel consumption. Free on Android and iOS.
Venmo: Splitting the bill can get tricky so have one person pay and venmo your owed portion with a click of a button. Venmo links to your bank account and you can send money back and forth between other users. I use it almost daily to give my roommate rent money or pay my boyfriend back for groceries. The money you receive goes into your Venmo credit that you can then use to pay someone else. Or “Cash Out” to have the money go right back into your bank account. Free on Android and iOS.
Xe Currency: This app not only provides an accurate currency conversion but also provides the historic rates for the currency. This app can be used offline. Free on Android and iOS.
Tipulator: Tipulator doesn’t just help the mathematically challenged figure out how much to tip, but also takes in account the acceptable tipping etiquette of your location. Free on iOS.
Mint: Mint will help you keep to your budget while you’re traveling. You can access your bank accounts, credit cards, investments, and other financial data all in one place so you can keep track of your spending. Free on Android and iOS.