People living in the U.S. are traveling outside of the country now, more than ever. In 2016 alone, about 80.2 million Americans traveled internationally to different parts of the world.
Fortunately, your most helpful tool to make travel less stressful is right in your pocket: your smartphone. Not only does it make planning your perfect trip easier, your phone can keep you connected and entertained when you’re away. Here are some tips to optimize your phone before you go.
Download Travel Apps
Apps like FlightAware, Google Maps and LoungeBuddy can keep you apprised of gate and flight changes, estimate traffic, plot travel routes and help you locate the best places to rest before your flight. There are even apps like SitOrSquat, for locating nearby bathrooms!
Maximize Your Storage
Cell phone cameras are more powerful than ever, and the average smartphone holds thousands of photos and videos of your cherished memories. You don’t want to run out of storage space, so get the right MicroSD card for your phone before you depart. You can also set up cloud storage services so your pictures are automatically uploaded and secured.
Get the Right Phone Accessories
When you’re playing the balancing act with your luggage, carry on, wallet and other travel gear, it’s that much easier to drop your device, so keep your smartphone safe with a screen protector and a case that’s sturdy and practical.
Bring Your Own Entertainment
On average, one in six flights were delayed last year, resulting in boring and stressful waits. Head to Amazon or your app store to download some shows and movies before your trip so you can watch when Wi-Fi is unavailable, and find a few games that can be played offline.
With smart planning and accessories for your phone, travel becomes much less stressful, and you can save yourself from racking up surprise fees for extras and overages.