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Apps for travelers

Phil Roeder

Before you go on vacation you take out the trash, check the weather, pack a suitcase, but are you updating your smartphone? This week on “Take Care,” we spoke to About.com senior travel writer Nancy Parode on how smartphone applications can help travelers with everything from finding an urgent care to overcoming jet lag.

Click "Read More" to hear Nancy Parode's take on traveling apps.

Here are the apps that Parode says every traveler must have before hitting the road:

  • First Aid by American Red Cross: this app not only teaches you first aid for everything from allergies to a broken bone, but it offers videos, quizzes and can even call 911. The app is available for iPhone and Android.
  • The Yellow Book: this app, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, helps travelers find special health and safety risks wherever they are traveling. The dense book can be specified by location. The book can also be found online. The app is available for iPhone, Windows Tablet and Android.
  • EMNet findER: if you are looking for an emergency room in the United States, this app for iTunes and Android will help you find the one nearest you. The app is available for iPhone and Android.
  • Emergency Medical Center Locator: if you happen to be outside the United States, this application is a must-have to find the nearest ER all around the world. The app is available for iPhone.
  • Jet Lag Calculator: if you have trouble with time zone changes, look no further. British Airways partnered with the United Kingdom’s leading sleep expert, Dr. Chris Idzikowski, to help travelers find the best remedy to jet lag given how well they slept and the time zone change during the flight. The app is available for iPhone, Blackberry, Android and Windows Phone.
  • FindUrgentCare.com: while this may not be an app, this website is one to bookmark on your smartphone to help find the nearest urgent care facility.