Vacation Packing Apps: Have you ever arrived at your hotel room and wanted to brush your teeth, only to realize you forgot to pack your toothbrush? You decide to change quickly and go buy a new one, only to realize that pair of shoes you wanted to wear is sitting thousands of miles away in your closet. Now you’re afraid to unpack because you don’t even want to find out what else you forgot to bring. One of the most common causes of vacation stress is also one of the most easily avoidable ones: packing.
There are a few really good apps out there that can help make sure you don’t forget a single thing at home that you’ll need or want for your vacation. Here are the best options for apps that will help you pack.
Packing ProCost: US$2.99
This app is like travel insurance when it comes to packing. Whether you’re very hands-on and want full control over creating lists of what you need or want to bring, or would rather worry about something else and have this app do most of the work for you, the interface and functionality will have everyone happy and well-packed.
Ever wonder exactly how many pairs of socks you should pack? Packing Pro’s Expert List Assistant asks you a few questions about your vacation, such as where you’re going, the number of adults, children, and days you’ll be traveling. You’ll also be asked some other general questions about factors such as laundry preferences and food preparation needs. Based on the information you provide as well as temperature data for the area you’re traveling to, the Expert List Assistant will create a list of what you will need to bring, and how much of each item.
You can also create checklists. These lists are fully editable and can be used to check off items as you pack them. This custom list feature is great for remembering odd items, such as the charger for your electric toothbrush or that special necklace your mother gave you. At $2.99, this app is much cheaper than needing to buy items you may leave at home but ultimately need for your vacation.
Packing To Do! Cost: US$0.99
If you’re looking for a basic checklist app for your vacation packing and don’t want to spend much money, check out Packing To Do! This app lets you make customized lists of items you need to bring with you and allows you to check the items off one by one as you pack.
An interesting feature of this basic app is the total weight calculator. The app will give you a rough estimate of the total weight of all of the items you’ve packed from the checklist you created. This can come in handy for flights with weight-sensitive restrictions or if you’re traveling in a way where you want to minimize what you carry. Nobody wants to backpack around Europe with 200 pounds of stuff, and when you pack, weight can add up quickly.
This is a great and cheap app that will definitely help make sure you don’t forget anything you need to take with you, so long as you don’t forget to add it to the checklist in the first place. The interface is intuitive and easy to understand, and the app delivers what it promises.
With one of these packing apps you’ll be able to spend less time worrying about forgotten items and less money on re-buying items you’ve left at home. They’re well-worth any app cost and time spent with set-up because the peace of mind in knowing that you have everything you need packed and ready to go will be priceless.
Sara Pegarella is a freelance writer located in Philadelphia, PA. She is a frequent content provider to Vacation Rental Pros. Please share your views on “Vacation Packing Apps That Can Help You Pack For Your Trip” in the comment section.