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Using technology to help you stay organized on vacation

It’s never been easier to stay organized and travel light while vacationing. Thanks to smartphones and tablets, with just a little advance planning, you can have all the information you need at your fingertips–without lugging along guide books or a laptop.

Here are some ways you can use your smartphone or tablet to help you on vacation:

  • Use an app like TripIt to manage your itineraries and put all your travel plans at your fingertips
  • Download maps from Stay.com’s mobile app so that you can have maps at the ready even when you’re not online.
  • Stockpile electronic books in your device’s library so you’ll have plenty to read without toting books along.
  • Use the free Airports app by Travel Nerd to get flight status updates, as well as terminal maps and lists of restaurants in various airports.
  • Use an app like Urbanspoon to help you find restaurants while you’re at your destination.
  • Use the GPS in your smartphone so that you don’t have to bring along a GPS or add a costly one on to your car rental.

If you’re leaving the country, be sure and check with your cellular company about data and roaming. You may be able to purchase a pro-rated international plan that will allow you to use your phone without incurring excessive charges.

(There are many, many travel apps out there and the ones mentioned are just a few of the available options. Try to pick one or two and don’t clutter up your phone with multiple apps that serve the same function.)

Janine Adams is a messy professional organizer who loves helping others create order. The co-founder of Declutter Happy Hour, she believes in having as much fun as possible in the organizing process. Check out her web site at Peace of Mind Organizing!

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