Traveling with kids can be very stressful, especially when you have little ones. As I gear up for our first road trip of 2012 I have been testing out some apps that I hope will make our road trip a little less stressful. Since there are so many different ways to use apps to travel better, I will be discussing two different types of apps: Summer Travel Apps and Kiddie Apps. Today we will look at some Summer Travel Apps.
First thing you need to do for your trip is pack, right? If you are a list maker like me you will love Pack & Go (.99¢) Packing for a family of four can be a daunting task. This little app makes sure I don’t forget anything. There are pre-made lists for business or family trips or if you can choose the fully customizable list feature to fit your exact needs. If you have little ones I would also check out Baby Pack and Go (.99¢). Same idea but geared towards, you guessed it, babies and toddlers.
Ok so you are on the road for awhile and you all of a sudden you hear the whine…Maaaaa, I gotta go!!!! This is not a problem anymore thanks to a little app called iPeeAddress (.99¢) and it’s purpose is simple, to help you find the nearest bathroom. I don’t know about your kids but my son gives me very little advanced notice when he has to go so this is an essential app for us.
If you have built in some sightseeing time into your travel plans you will want to keep your road trip interesting with Roadside America ($2.99) Pay only for the region you will be traveling in and check out the large and small sights, little museums, quirky graves and much, much more. Another app worth mentioning is Goby. Just log in once and you’ll instantly begin receiving recommendations for cool things to do near you, all personalized to your unique interests. Always know what fun things there are to do wherever you travel too. Pretty cool, right?
So now that you saw the biggest ball of twine it is time to find the car. Hope you remembered what road you parked on! I think the next app was made specifically for me. You see, I lose my car in parking lots and in town all the time! Whenever we go to a big fair or are in any situation where we have to park very far away I always hope that my husband has a better memory than me. Find My Car (Free!) uses GPS to help you find your way back to your car. You can even take a photo and add a description to help you find your car easily. Problem solved!
You saw the sights, finally found the car and now you are all starving! Where do you find a great place to eat when you are a tourist, are sick of fast food and don’t really want to chance having bad food? LocalEats (FREE on ipad, .99¢ on iphone) will help you find great local places in America’s 50 largest cities based on it’s top 100 list compiled by food bloggers, news paper critics and weekly columnists.
I hope these apps help you keep your road trips fun so you can build memories with your family. If you have any apps that you love I would love to hear about them! Next time I will talk about how to keep the kids happy and occupied while on the road. It is all about the iPad and iPhone in our house!