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Useful Travel Apps for Business

When you’re on a business trip, especially in an unfamiliar place, having a good collection of apps on your smartphone can help things go smoothly. And these free downloads won’t put a dent in your company’s travel budget.

One app that’s helpful before you leave is PackPoint.

Enter where you’re going, when you’re going and the duration of your trip. The app generates a packing list of clothes, toiletries and other essentials, taking into account the weather at your destination. You check off the items as you pack them.

Of course business trips always involve lodging and transportation. Airlines and hotel chains also have apps, and they can come in handy. It’s a good idea to download them before you leave home.

Airline apps offer a quick way to check your flight status and departure gate, as well as maps of major airports. Some can be used as in-flight entertainment devices to watch movies and TV shows. If you’re unsure about whether an item can go in a checked or carry-on bag, the MyTSA app has a searchable database, as well as information on wait times at security checkpoints. Amtrak’s app lets you search schedules and check the status of your train. Some hotel apps allow guests to check in from the train, plane or on the road and will send them an alert when their room is ready. For travelers on a tight schedule, it’s a time-saver.

Business travelers who take trips abroad often need to navigate a foreign language as well as a new place.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a TravWell app that will help you plan your trip, with vaccine recommendations by country and a place to record medications and immunizations. For your language needs a free translation app, such as Google Translate, can be very helpful. Just type a sentence in English and it’ll be automatically translated into any one of dozens of languages. There’s also a voice-activation feature that will turn whatever you type into audio. Another good one to have when traveling abroad is XE Currency, which lets you keep track of exchange rates around the world. Also handy is the State Department’s Smart Traveler app. It has the addresses and phone numbers of embassies and consulates around the world, as well as information on each country and travel warnings and alerts. And no matter where you are in the world, the WiFi Map app will help you get online.

Most major cities have apps that can help you find your way around, as well as give you information on restaurants and attractions. For example, Chicago’s official visitors guide, with an events calendar, is available as an app. Remember to download the transit system app if you’ll be taking the bus or train. The New York City subway app includes a route planner and will also send you travel alerts about service delays.

For more travel planning tips and tricks, check out my website at www.travel-bash.com.

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