Don’t Leave Home Without These Travel Apps

hotel apps, airline apps and more for travelling on cellphone


Heading out on a road trip? Taking a well-deserved local holiday? Then you'll need these five must-have mobile apps for travellers.

Whether you're planning a long-awaited overseas trip, aiming for a local adventure or just prepping for a weekend road trip in your province, you'll want to make the most of your well-deserved getaway. Start by finding the best deals on accommodation, flights (we can dream, right?) and car rental (if you need it), and continue down the road of smart choices by downloading the best travel apps.



When it comes to packing, the first step is admitting you need help. Enter Packit!, which helps you keep track of your most valuable belongings. It's super easy and wonderfully efficient – and it'll help make sure you don't leave anything important (passport, camera, etc) behind in your hotel room or B&B.


The inventory is the main selling point, but we also love the check-in/check-out reminders. The app automatically syncs with your smartphone calendar to send you reminders when it's coming time to get your bags together to leave your home or holiday accommodation.
Packit! available for Android.



With your inventory taken care of, it's time to get your itinerary covered. If you're going on a road trip, that's where Roadtrippers comes in. Use its smart mapping tool to plot your start and end points, and add waypoints along the way – much like you'd do with Google trip planner.


Roadtrippers takes things a step further, however, by recommending restaurants and places of interest along the way. You wouldn't want to miss out on an epic #SelfieSpot now, would you?
Available for Android and iOS.




Once you've booked your flights, accommodation and/or car rental – all through Hippo's trusty platform, of course – use TripIt to add it all to your master itinerary, making sure you have all your digital paperwork in one place.


The app also lets you share your plans with fellow travellers or family members, who'll be able to keep track of your whereabouts. You'll also get safety scores for unfamiliar neighbourhoods, as well as information on surrounding healthcare facilities, restaurants, parking, cash machines and more.


Best of all, though, Tripit provides Covid-19 travel guidelines, including the vaccination certificate requirements, testing requirements and timeframes, entry requirements and so on.
Available for Android and iOS.


Trail Wallet


Now that you're on vaycay, you'll have the urge to splurge – or at least to buy a couple of silly roadside souvenirs. Money runs out quickly when you're travelling, so you'll want to keep track of what you spend. Use Trail Wallet. It'll help you keep a running tally of your daily expenses, making sure you don't blow your budget. Added bonus: it automatically adjusts the currency to that of whichever country you happen to be visiting.
Trail Wallet available for iOS.




The toughest part of navigating a new city is that you don't have any local knowledge. At home you know which intersections to avoid, which shortcuts to take and where the speed cameras are. Even then, though, you can't always tell if there's a traffic jam ahead. Waze lets you drive the streets like a local, saving time and frustration with instant detours that take you blissfully away from traffic nightmares.
Available for Android and iOS.


If you're getting ready to hit the road (or skies, or seas), remember to compare Travel Insurance quotes before you leave. Our hassle-free tool will help you get the best deals for your needs. Happy travels!


This article is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as financial, legal or medical advice.

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