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Road warrior: Apps and tools for travel

Make work travel more productive with these apps and tools for your smartphone or tablet.

 

TripIt organizes all your trip details in one place. Forward confirmation e-mails from airlines, hotels, or your travel agent to plans@tripit.com, and TripIt will automatically build an itinerary, which you can access any time.

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GateGuru eases your airport experience, letting you know your terminal, real-time flight status, and dining and service amenities available before and after your security checkpoint.

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Pocket. How often have you found an article online that you don’t have time to read immediately? Use this app to easily save articles for later, so you don’t rush through them or forget about them.

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QuickOffice, a Google company, enables you to edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files from your iPhone. The app also provides cloud-based storage for Office and Google documents.

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OpenTable finds restaurants in the area where you’re traveling and lets you make reservations online. You can even earn points for frequent dining.

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Other items to consider for your road warrior kit:

Innergie’s mCube Pro. This universal adapter provides a single power block to charge your laptop, tablet, and smartphone. Pack a portable PocketCell battery to give your smartphone or tablet an energy boost when you’re away from a power source. Also, consider a USB DC vehicle adapter to charge your smartphone or tablet in a car, plane — or boat!

ProClip travel mount. Whether using your own car or a rental, use this to mount your smartphone or tablet conveniently and securely to the windshield. Ideal for GPS use.

Although your phone may serve as a mobile hotspot for your laptop or tablet, battery performance is always a concern. Instead, use a separate mobile hotspot device. Check your cellular carrier for availability.

If you want an additional power source without extra bulk, consider mophie’s phone case/battery combination. It will protect your device and provide up to 100% more power. For Android devices, depending on the manufacturer, Seido has some great options.

To organize all your gear, try Cocoon’s Grid-it system for all your accessories.

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