5 ways to ease holiday travel stress with your phone
December 17, 2017 | 7:00 PM
by Courtesy of StatePoint
With smart planning and accessories for your phone, holiday travel becomes much less stressful.

Holiday travel is on the high with schools closed for winter holidays. Fortunately, your most helpful tool to make winter 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 optimise 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 and 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.

Maximise Your Storage

Cellphone 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.

Check Your Mobile Plan

Some mobile plans have designated perks for travellers. Some network providers give international travellers unlimited data and texting along with cheap, flat-rate calling in many countries and destinations. That means no wasting time or money searching for public Wi-Fi or purchasing an international SIM card.

Get the Right Phone Accessories

When you’re managing a bunch of luggage and other travel gear, it’s easier to drop your device, so keep your smartphone safe with a screen protector and a case that’s sturdy and practical. Some cases have non-slip materials that make them easier to grip and include storage for credit cards. Or try a PopSocket collapsible grip which doubles as a built-in stand – that’ll come in handy if you’re watching a movie on the plane or in your hotel room. Also try carrying your own power bank so that you are not left struggling to charge your phone.

Bring Your Own Entertainment

Nearly one in five flights are delayed during the holiday season and that can make for boring and stressful waits. Head to Amazon or your app store to download some shows and movies before your trip (especially key when travelling with kids!) so you can watch when Wi-Fi is unavailable, and find a few games that can be played offline, too, like UnblockMe and Plants vs. Zombies.

With smart planning and accessories for your phone, holiday travel becomes much less stressful, and you can save yourself from racking up surprise fees for extras and overages.

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