Tech tools for better winter travel
Taking to the roads or the slopes in the winter presents a special set of potential problems. Advance planning and preparation, along with a few apps and gadgets, can lessen the possibility of stress or strandedness!
First and foremost, make sure that your phone and tablet are fully charged before leaving for your trip. Also, carry a pre-charged battery pack, and be sure you have all necessary cords and chargers to use your gadgets! There are USB battery packs on the market in all price ranges. Check out some reviews here.
Be sure you have GPS and a functional mapping service on your device. This can get tricky if you’re traveling in remote areas, so research regions in advance to find out where service may or may not be available. Apps like Waze can help you know what’s happening on the road ahead of you, and the Gas Buddy app will locate the least expensive fuel on your route. The Winter Survival Kit app provides location services, allows you to designate emergency contacts, and will even determine how long you can idle your car safely. Other winter road travel apps can help you plan your ski trip and more!
Twitter can be a wealth of information for travelers as well. Subscribe to your local or state Department of Transportation for up-to-the-minute road condition updates. The National Weather Service, in addition to local weather station Twitter feeds, will keep you in the know as well.
Fliers have a variety of apps to choose from to lessen the stress of air travel. Air Port Life will help you map major airports and give you quick flight data in addition to easy access to TSA rules and car location service. There are many more airline travel apps at your service.
Do your homework before you travel. Try out some apps to see which ones you find the most user friendly, pack your bags, and have a great trip!