I love my iPhone. I probably love it too much. It’s hard to remember what I did while sitting at a stoplight before I had my iPhone. I actually felt twitchy the other week when I forgot it at home and was “alone” for a few hours.
Yes, it’s kind of sad, but even without email and Facebook, it’s still a great device, particularly for traveling moms and dads. There are so many must-have apps, and a lot that are ideal to have on road trips. Take a look at five of my favorite free road trip-worthy iPhone apps.
Kids Meal Deals: Kids-Eat-Free deals are everywhere. You just need to know where to find them, and it can be tricky when you’re traveling. I love the Kids Meal Deals app because it helps you find the nearest restaurant offering free kids meals by day of the week. You can also find restaurants by name or location, as well as get driving directions and share deals with fellow travelers.
KIDzOUT: This free iPhone app is a must for families on-the-go. Wherever you are, this app will help you quickly find parks, kid-friendly restaurants, even places to change diapers. This is a great app to have when you’re on a road trip and your kids are hungry or need a potty break. The app also helps you find the closest medical facilities in case anyone falls ill or gets hurt and needs to see a doctor.
RoadAhead: This app is a must if you’re planning any long road trips because it tells you what you’ll find one, two or five exits down the highway. It’s especially nice if you’re looking for a specific gas station, fast food restaurant or coffee shop (Starbucks!).
TripAdvisor: I used this app when I was in Puerto Rico recently to help us find great local restaurants. The app uses the built-in GPS to figure out where you are and suggests nearby places to eat, showing top-rated restaurants first. The app can also help you find hotels and places of interest.
Wi-Fi Finder: Who wants to pay $10 a day to get wi-fi from the hotel? Using this free app, you’ll quickly find the closest location where you can hook up to free wi-fi. Best of all it’s international, so if you’re planning a trip out of the country, you can easily find hotspots around the world too.
Do you have any favorite iPhone apps that you consider must-haves for family road trips? Let me know in the comments section below.