If you’re planning on going away with the kids—by car or by air— make sure you’ve stocked your iPhone or iPad with these super handy apps for a stress-free trip. (Available on Apple iTunes store, itunes.apple.com)
What it does: Turns your otherwise long and boring car ride into a part of your vacation by pointing out scenic routes, historical landmarks, fun restaurants and hidden local gems along your route. (Free)
Good for: Families driving for hours with a backseat full of bored and cranky kids.
What it does: Locates family-friendly places on-the-go, like parks, restaurants and play areas, with reviews from other parents and a detailed map of how to get there. (Free)
Good for: Conveniently finding nearby places to fill vacation downtime.
Rest Area Finder
What it does: Automatically finds your current location and displays all nearby rest areas and welcome centers. (Free)
Good for: Finding good pit stops for snacks and stretches on long and draining drives.
Sit or Squat
What it does: Tracks where you are and helps find public bathrooms in the area, and also marks whether they are open, closed or flagged as a “favorite” by other users. (Free)
Good for: Quickly finding nearby bathrooms in an unfamiliar territory for those emergency potty breaks.
Pack & Go Delux
What it does: Provides ready-made packing lists for different age groups and lets you customize and check exactly what you need— with reminders—so you’re never left without your essentials ($1.99)
Good for: Moms who want to be organized but don’t have the time to create handwritten checklists for every child and suitcase.
What it does: Shows information about terminals and amenities in over 100 airports, pointing out valuable traveler hotspots, like ATMs, coffee shops and bookstores. Includes user reviews to help you decide where to eat and where to skip. (Free)
Good for: Making waiting times and those oh-so-annoying delays more bearable.
What it does: Reminds you of what is—and isn’t— allowed through the gates of airport security, and provides user-generated updates on waiting times and length of the check-in line. (Free)
Good for: Preventing a hectic airport experience from casting a shadow on a well-planned getaway.
What it does: Reminds you exactly where you parked on a map for easy locating, and also keeps track of time if you have a meter running. ($0.99)
Good for: Navigating the maze of parking garages and new cities.
What it does: Shows illustrated children’s books for easy flip-through, and allows kids the option of reading it themselves or listening to a recorded narration. (Free-$2.99)
Good for: Keeping young readers engaged without over-stuffing your suitcase.
What it does: Lets you create individual and automatic post cards—actual physical ones— from your trip photos and sends them to its recipient. (Free to download, $1.99 for the snail mail delivery)
Good for: Sending out customized souvenirs for friends and family of your summer trip.