1. I find it helps to have the app of whatever airline I’m flying. You can check in, check flight status and download your boarding pass without having to navigate the website.
2. Google translate is helpful for navigating international airports and discerning signs in a foreign language.
3. Ulmon Pro City Maps 2 Go – works without wifi or data so you can search and save city maps to your phone, great for international travel!
One new service that I’m eager to add to my travel arsenal is the airport car rental by Turo (formerly RelayRides). For those that don’t know, Turo is a car-sharing service that allows car owners to rent out their cars when not in use. What I’m especially excited about is the availability of cars at SFO given the fact that when I travel home, the plane flight is just the first half of the journey. After a 6 hour flight I still have another 2 hour drive to my house. My parents have long ago stopped offering to pick me up, so I’ve resorted to the airporter bus service, which is perfectly convenient, when the timing works, but when it doesn’t, I’m stuck waiting. I love the idea of picking up a car and driving myself home for the weekend, it would save so much time!
I’d love to know, what are your travel essentials??