Business Apps You Could Use

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When you’re on a business trip, especially in an unfamiliar place, having a good collection of apps on your smartphone can help things go smoothly. And these free downloads won’t put a dent in your company’s travel budget.

One app that’s helpful before you leave is PackPoint. Enter where you’re going, when you’re going and the duration of your trip. The app generates a packing list of clothes, toiletries and other essentials, taking into account the weather at your destination. You check off the items as you pack them.

Of course business trips always involve lodging and transportation. Airlines and hotel chains also have apps, and they can come in handy. It’s a good idea to download them before you leave home.

Airline apps offer a quick way to check your flight status and departure gate, as well as maps of major airports. Some can be used as in-flight entertainment devices to watch movies and TV shows. If you’re unsure about whether an item can go in a checked or carry-on bag, the MyTSA app has a searchable database, as well as information on wait times at security checkpoints. Amtrak’s app lets you search schedules and check the status of your train. Some hotel apps allow guests to check in from the train, plane or on the road and will send them an alert when their room is ready. For travelers on a tight schedule, it’s a time-saver.

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