Tips for Better Holiday Travel

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Thought we would share some of our tips for a better holiday travel. These tips are battle-tested and have proven useful in our travels, so we thought we'd share them.

Apps To Have

TripIt - free and paid versions with no ads. Allows you to organize all of your travel plans in one place.  Easily add flight, hotel, car rental and other information to TripIt via email and put it in one easy to use app.  Access itineraries anytime, on any device or web browser.  Offers ability to view directions, maps and weather for each destination.  I used this app on a trip to Hawaii this summer.  Allowed us to track 9 different flight segments and numerous activities and three sets of hotel reservations easily.  And it makes it easy to share your itineraries with loved ones, staff, etc. with just a few clicks.

FlightAware - Provides Free, live flight tracker and flight status.  Works on iPad, iPhone.  Allows you to track the real-time flight status and tracking map of any commercial flight worldwide.  Provides push notification for flight departure/arrival info as well as cancellation, gate changes, delays and diversions.

Alternative: App in the Air

TripList - the easy to use packing list and to-do manager.  Works only on iOS 7 devices.  Helps you pack smarter and faster by keeping separate lists for each trip.  The app supports reminders, due dates, notes and quantity indicators for each item.

Kindle - Now that you can use your electronic devices, the Kindle app is even more indepensible.  Load it up with books and reduce the amount of weight you're hauling around.  And it's easy to add new books and magazines without having to visit the newsstand.

Dropbox - This one is probably a bit unexpected, but here me out.  Scan your passport, copies of any paper tickets and other documents you might need and upload them to Dropbox so that you can always have access to your imporant documents.

Garmin USA - If you're traveling outside your country or will be traveling in poor coverage areas, having a GPS app that allows you to download maps is extremely useful. This will be help you get you where you're going without racking up roaming or data usage 

Equipment to Have

Chargers for your phone -  Both the "wall-wart" and cables you need to power up your devices.  Make sure they're in your carry-on and not in your checked bags.

Extension Cord - Too often the wall outlet is too far away to make it convenient to power up your devices.  Keeping a cord in your carry-on helps, since you can sometimes find outlets in airports, etc.

Headphones - a good pair of noise-cancelling or noise-isolating headphones help drown out the screaming baby and the chatty person next to you and allows you to hear your music.  Even if you don't plug them into anything, they make good ear plugs too.

Power-bars - Go to GNC, Walmart and other stores to find bars that you like.  Bars higher in protein will help curb your apetite more.  Keeping a few in your bag helps keep you from starving without breaking the bank hitting the food court.

USB Battery Pack - this is a definite nice to have item.  There are battery backs that fit right on your phone, but my preference is to use an external battery pack that can be used with a variety of devices and that have enough juice to charge tablets as well as phones.  Amazon has tons of options here.  Pay attention to battery capacity and output ability.  Also pay attention to weight, as this will be something you’ll keep in your carry-on as well.

 

Safe travels this holiday season.