PackPoint Travel App – Product Review

by GO GlobeHopper

A travel checklist app can be vital for vacationers. Beginners, last-minute packers, and perfectionists can all make use of an app that assists in taking the guesswork out of packing.  And PackPoint does exactly that — it helps to manage and organize a personalized all-inclusive list of items recommended to pack for your trip. All the user has to do is specify the destination they will be traveling to, the activities that are planned for the trip, and what length of time the user will be away.

The upside is that the app translates into 20 languages.  Unfortunately, the downside can be the quality of translation, which in some cases may not be the most accurate.

PackPoint creates an easy-to-edit checklist of recommended items and how many of each item to pack.  The list is divided into sections including essentials, toiletries, and what to pack for each activity planned for the trip. There is also an option to add custom items and remove items as well for things the user does not wish to take. There’s no doubt this it’s a great way to avoid overpacking or not packing enough. Additional benefits include that checklists are shareable, the app checks the local weather forecast, and also notifies the user as to whether there is access to laundry facilities at or near their destination.

Frequent travelers have an option to upgrade to the premium version which can be purchased for $3.99. The extra features include:

  1. Custom packing list templates that allow the user to edit, delete, or add new items to the built-in packing list templates.
  2. Creating and saving custom activities to the checklist.
  3. TripIt and Evernote integration. Connecting the app to TripIt allows for auto-creation of all the user’s packing lists.  Integrating the app with Evernote provides the user with access to their checklists across all devices.

As trials, we input various destinations and proposed different activities for each trip to see how accurate the app was in choosing the items that should be included on the checklist.  One of the trial vacation scenarios included Honolulu, Hawaii as our intended destination and a selection of outdoor activities as well as an upscale dining experience.  We were surprised to see how accurate this app was in compiling a list of items we would need to pack — everything from clothing items and accessories to medications and a camera.

We found PackPoint to be very easy to navigate thanks to a user-friendly interface and a simple format. The free version of PackPoint is very efficient so if you’re not a frequent traveler, this should work quite nicely for you. It certainly did for us. However, if you’re an avid traveler or adventurer that requires something a little more customized, especially if you travel with equipment or need to access the same packing list numerous times, we suggest upgrading to the premium version.  It’s well worth it for such a small fee.

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