Friday, August 6, 2010

Packing Pro is Top Travel App of 2010

Packing Pro is Top Travel App of 2010

National Geographic called Packing Pro one of the best travel apps for iPhone. Apple showcased the app in their App Store Travel Guide and AppShouter called it "the ultimate tool for regular travelers." gives the app a five out of five stars rating and says, "Basically, everything you ever need for your trip is in here, and if it's not, you can add it!" Now, American Express' Travel+Leisure magazine has named Packing Pro the "Top Travel App of 2010." Let's take a look at this little app and see what all the fuss is about.

According to Packing Pro's website, the app provides you with a number of features:

  • An expert list assistant which creates lists based on the number of people traveling with you, their ages, how many days you'll be traveling, the temperature and destination, and preferences such as how you will wash clothes or prepare food.
  • Eight sample packing lists for different groups such as families, couples, campers, and business people.
  • Customizable fonts, layouts, and colors.
  • Easy navigation.
  • A catalog of over 800 extra items for babies, kids, pets, sports, activities, cooking, religion, and more.
  • Smart Search.

So how does the app work? Basically, you create your packing list and customize it by adding, deleting, renaming, or reordering categories and types of items or by using one of the sample lists provided. While doing this, the app will suggest ideas for your trip, such as "typical male/female" suggestions or suggestions based on whether you plan to travel lightly or not. You can use the app to check off items once they've been packed and keep a tally of how many items in each category you've already packed. You can even email completed lists to family and friends.

Essentially, the app helps you stay organized when preparing for a trip. It also seems like a great way to make sure you return from your trip with everything you came with. (Who hasn't gotten halfway home and realized they left that shirt in the drawer or that book on the nightstand?) Regardless of what type of traveler you are, this app seems like it could be used by anyone.

The app runs on iPhone OS 3.0 or greater, iPod Touch, or iPad OS 4.1 or greater. You can purchase the app at the Apple App store for $2.99.

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