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7 Fun Apps to Download Before Embarking on Your Summer Road Trip

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As helpful as navigation apps are when you’re driving to new destinations, they aren’t the only ones worth downloading to your smartphone. Here are seven apps to take the stress out of planning a summer road trip, and to make the actual journey more fun.

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Pit stops

The inRoute Route Planner helps you optimize waypoints, so you can minimize the time you spend at pit stops and get to your destination faster. It also lets you export the routes to Google maps, Waze, or GPS devices, so you won’t have to constantly toggle between two separate routes during the drive.

If you want waypoints that are a bit more offbeat, Roadside America is a great app. It will help you locate the weird attractions you can explore along your route.

Packing the Car

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Packing help

Take the headache out of gathering and organizing your gear with PackPoint Travel Packing List. Its simple design is easy and straightforward to use. Simply enter information like your gender, destination, potential activities, travel dates, and trip purpose. Based on this data, the app will automatically create a packing list based on your destination’s weather forecast, as well as your personal preferences.

If you’re traveling in a group of friends or family, check out Packing Pro. This app provides comprehensive packing lists for each person in your travel party, including adults, children, babies — and even your pet!

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Info and entertainment

Gas Buddy will help you save on gas, as well as locate the next gas station along your route. You can also search for gas stations by criteria such as location and amenities.

Listen to local radios or keep up with a sports game via Tune In Radio. This free app streams 100,000 radio stations.

The ad-free premium membership of Spotify lets you listen to favorite artists and podcasts, while discovering new favorites offline. Though, you can also enjoy the free version of the app, if you don’t mind listening to ads and tapping into your smartphone’s data.

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