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iPhone ‘App’ Of The Week : Packing

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20/11/2008 – iPhone ‘App’ Of The Week : Packing

Packing for a one day trip or a one-week trip is the same for me. I am slow, methodical and spent a considerable amount of time compiling what I need. Once I have assembled everything in front of me I spent an hour mumbling incoherently to myself as I remove items, add items and pack everything in my bag(s).

Departing is somewhat easy; it is the return that can be stressful. At the end of a short business trip, an assignment or a long vacation, travelers tend to pack at the last minute. Last minute packing often causes people to be forgetful and leave items behind…..this is where the iPhone ‘App’ Of The Week “Packing” comes in very handy.

Packing is simple to use. You set up a packing list for yourself. You add items to the list. As you pack those items you place a check mark next to them. Could it get any simpler?

Since downloading Packing I have used it to track a variety of packing situation. Since entering my ‘Day Pack – Run Kit’ I have chosen to permanently leave this packing list in my iPhone, as it is a fairly constant kit.

Packing allows you to view pre-created Sample Packing Lists, as well as create a list from a template, or creates lists from scratch. As a photographer, none of my packing set ups match any sample lists or templates, so I have been creating lists from scratch simply and quickly.

Using Packing is simple in practice. As I begin to put my gear and personal items away I take out my iPhone, open Packing, and scroll down my list checking off everything I have stowed away

Best of all for all travelers, the Packing ‘App’ is easy, functional, hard to lose (unless you lose your iPhone), not prone to bad handwriting, and can be easily edited.

Next time you sit down to print out your print-at-home boarding pass also take a moment to download Packing from the iTunes App Store.

Below are five screen shots of Packing (typos and all…)

Happy Flying!
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  1. Nice tip! I also spend a crazy amount of time planning any sort of trip just because I’m kind of scatterbrained and am destined to forget many things if I don’t. I have a few spreadsheet templates that I use, but this app will be nice to have.

    Just bought the app– thanks!

    BTW, the reason i came to this blog, I found it via your postings at the Canon Digital Photography Forums. I’m researching a Pelican 1510 setup for a trip I’m doing to Mexico later this Spring. Can you use the Pelican foam dividers with the “Porta Brace PB-2550LSO Laptop Sleeve”? I’m basically trying to create a cheaper version of the StudioCruzer as I need to take both a body and a laptop in the same carry-on.

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