When You’re On The Go

Note: I am creating this list as a resource for parents. I am not endorsing any of these apps. If I find some that you all rave about I’ll start a rating system.

You’ll find mobile apps on LilyToad’s Pinterest Board: Apps / When You’re On The Go

(Phone Code: iP=iPhone, And=Android, BB=Blackberry

  • GasBuddy – Find the cheapest gas on the go. Locate stations near you and see their current prices. Report pricing and earn points. [iP, And, BB] I give this one  a big thumbs up! I use it and it’s fantastic!
  • iExit Interstate Exit Guide Tells you what’s coming up in real time when driving on the interstate. Select your favorite chains and it will tell you which upcoming exits have them. Select the Deals tab and see which upcoming exits have chains currently running promotions. [iP, And] Android app available on Google Play
  • Metro: Walk There! – Ten treks from the popular Walk There! guidebook. Gets you walking in Forest Grove, Gresham, Hillsboro, Milwaukie, Oregon City, Portland, Tigard, Vancouver, and Wilsonville. [iP]
  • TripIt – Gets everyone’s itineraries organized and in one place. Gives directions to and from your destination, links to airlines, hotels, and restaurants and keeps track of your frequent flyer accounts. Helps you remember if you packed everything. [iP]
  • Mom Maps – If you’re out of town, this app has more than 24,000 kid-focused location in metro areas and utilizes your GPS functionality to get you there. You can even contribute to the database. [iP]
  • Baby Pack & Go – To Do & Travel Packing List – Extensive travel and packing checklist tailored for parents and caregivers. You can add to the existing catalog of items. [iP]
  • A Family Matters – Designed to help you engage all of your family members at any age. Some questions and activities are simple, while others are deeper and probing. Choose from hundreds of location-driven activities. [iP]
  • Sit or Squat – Supplied by Charmin, this app lets you punch in your Zip code to find the nearest potty for your little one (or you). [iP, And, BB]
  • Family GPS Tracker PRO – Locate anyone in your family, this app gives you the exact location and alerts you when they are in trouble. [And]
  • Life360 Family Locator – Turns your phone into the ultimate safety device. Lets you know where your family members are locates and what safety points and threats are nearby. Free cross-platform family group messaging through secure FamilyChannel (TM). Compatible with regular phones too. [iP]
  • Picksie – Location-based discovery service for things to do near you. Allows you to discover the best personalized options by applying your specific profile, past ratings, searches and reviews, as well as current day, time and weather in your location to recommend restaurants, cafes, bars, movies, concerts, sports, and shows. [iP, And]
  • Safe Texting AR – Uses GPS to reduce distracted driving. When you’re driving at speeds above 15 miles per hour, the application replies to inbound SMS messages, letting the sender know you are driving and it may be a while before you respond to their text message. Will only reply to a sender once in a five minute period, even if the sender sends multiple messages, which minimizes carrier costs. [iP]
  • Urbanspoon – Helps take the guess work out of finding someplace to feed the family. You can look for food type, proximity, and pricing. [iP]
  • KurbKarma – Connects people who are looking for parking with people leaving desirable parking spots and establishes a peer-to-peer agreement for a parking spot exchange. Earn credits each time you give up a spot – use credits to reward someone who gives up their spot for you. [iP]


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