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Keep your travel organized with apps

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Travel can become stressful quickly. Fortunately, there are plenty of free organizational apps to save the day—and they can save you money as well, writes Julie Kliegman for The Week.

She recommends seven free apps that can make your traveling experience much easier:

1.  TripIt. This app stores all your travel reservations in one place, and you can access it with or without Wi-Fi. You can also sync your itinerary with your calendar for easy sharing.

2.  PackPoint. If you tell the app where you’re going and how long you’ll be gone, it generates a ­customizable list of what you’ll need. It also lets you share lists with ­others who rely on you for packing advice.

3.  SeatGuru. Tell the app your flight number, and it will show you a detailed seating chart, where the empty seats are and nearby outlets—it even measures legroom. It also shows you reviews from previous passengers.

4.  Pocket. Pocket allows you to save and easily access articles, videos and photos to read on long flights. The app downloads the articles and videos to your phone, so you can use it without tapping into Wi-Fi or data.

5.  Hotel apps. Many major hotels have their own apps. Hotel-specific apps allow you to check in without waiting in line or talking to anyone. After you check in, you can then pick up your key from a hotel kiosk or use your phone as the key, depending on the hotel chain.

6.  Entrain. This app helps you beat jetlag by telling you when to sleep to adjust to a new time zone. While it would be hard to exactly follow its advice, the information is still helpful for world travelers.

7.  Expensify. This app allows you to record your expenses and upload pictures of receipts to help you manage your funds while traveling. Then when the end of the month rolls around, it’s much easier to fill out your expense report.

— Adapted from “7 Free Apps to Download Before Your Next Business Trip,” Julie Kliegman, The Week.

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