With the start of summer underway, we’re sure many people have vacation plans in the coming weeks. We’re all for taking a breather from projects and tech in order to truly relax. However, if you’re really getting out of town, that usually requires waiting and spending at least a couple hours stuck in some mode of transportation, so I wouldn’t ditch the tech entirely. Here’s a checklist so you can decide which tech to bring and which to leave at home based on how much work you’re planning to get done during vacation downtime.
Let’s start with the obvious things. As nice as it is to turn your phone off for the day, you are going to need it at the very least for emergency calls while you’re on vacation. Some other staples to consider:
Below is a list of apps that could come in handy during traveling. Here are my top picks:
For the Road
INRIX Traffic App: For when things go wrong on the road, INRIX plots accidents and police action on a map based on your location. Great for monitoring traffic and preparing the best you can for unexpected circumstances. This app is free for iPhones.
Traffic Buddy: For Android users, Traffic Buddy is a very helpful app for the road that streams the latest traffic cam images. You can also save your favorite routes and the app covers 32 states – great for road trips.
Flight Track: iOS, BlackBerry and Android compatible, Flight Track is one of the best apps for detailed flight departures down to the exact time the flight left the gate. You can also monitor multiple flights on one screen.
Flight Update: Also has live flight updates but even gives you baggage updates and alternatives to consider if you’ve missed your flight. Another app that is handy when things don’t go according to plan.