Most travelers complain about congested airports and delayed flights, but my biggest travel frustration is packing. I have the tendency to overpack with unnecessary items and forget the important things. I’ve learned the hard way that having to buy new walking boots every time I travel really adds up. A frequent-flying friend of mine suggested I make a list on my phone to remind me. But, I’ve since found something better – an app called PackPoint.
PackPoint is a travel app that creates customized packing lists based on your gender, destination, travel dates, duration of trip and whether your purpose is business or leisure. Even the projected weather in your chosen destination is considered when PackPoint creates your list. Like most apps, there is a free version and a paid version. The free version provides a simple but super helpful list that you can add to as you remember, save and continue later. You can even email it to yourself or share with your fellow travellers via text or social media, which is useful if your trip is group-oriented. Upgrading to the paid version, for $3.89 Canadian, removes all ads, offers deeper customization and allows you to integrate the app with TripIt and Evernote. The app is available for download for both android and apple.
The app’s interface is visually appealing with a pleasant colour scheme. It’s core functionality is front-and-center with big, easy-to-read buttons while the smaller features, like creating custom items, is placed in more subtle parts of the app. There is only one downside to this app that I have found; You can’t modify your date of travel. If you change your mind or your flight, you’ll have to create a new trip to reflect the date change. For me, this is minimal really, since the important thing is to have an organized, workable packing list.
PackPoint is a well-designed app made for travellers just like me, who need help remembering to pack the right items for the trip. The greatest benefit is that I will immediately save money because I won’t have to buy another new pair of walking boots on my next trip – PackPoint will remind me to bring them.