Doesn’t winter semester always drag? The academic flurry of assignments and midterms buries college kids, and the weather sucks. From your spot in the library, hidden by a tower of books, it feels like it’s never going to end. Luckily for your case of cabin fever, Spring Break is approaching fast — and so is your holiday in the sun. Soon enough you’ll escape campus for a hot beach somewhere. But before you leave for the airport, make sure your iPhone’s up for the trip.
You always have this device near to hand, so it’s not like you’d forget it in your dorm. But it’s much more than a way of Snapchatting your friends an epic travel selfie. If you equip it with the following apps and accessories, it becomes your all-in-one travel gadget. Keep reading to learn all the roles your iPhone plays while your jet-setting, so you can understand why your phone is the most important thing to pack this Spring Break.
It’s a translator
Not everyone will be spending their Spring Break in the typical party hot spots. If you’re looking for an adventure this March, you’ve probably planned a unique trip that takes you off the beaten path. This might mean you’re in a small town where no one speaks English — in which case, it may be a challenge to navigate foreign streets on your own.
When you download a translation service like Google Translate to your phone, you won’t have to worry about getting lost. It’s like having your very own personal translator following you around, letting you interact with locals.
It’s a travel guide
When you aren’t busy partying, Spring Break offers a great opportunity to see another part of the world you’ve never been to before. Your phone can help you explore these things when you download TripAdvisor’s Offline City Guides app. Like TripAdvisor’s website, you can search through suggested itineraries, restaurants, landmarks, tours, and more. Luckily for you, the Offline City Guide doesn’t require Wi-Fi or 4G. It stores the information you checked out while online, so you don’t need access to the Internet — in the end saving you serious roaming charges.
It’s a bodyguard
You don’t have to be Insta-famous to know that some of the best selfies are the work of several people holding unusual positions. The best pics take a lot of work. You’ll squat down low and reach your arms wide to get the whole squad in the frame. Don’t let these unusual positions compromise your phone’s safety. Enhance it with the extra grip that comes with an iPhone wrap. They’re more than just decals to show off your favorite color. They add a grip-enhancing layer of vinyl around your handset, so it’s more likely to stay in your hands.
Improve your phone’s traction even more with the skin-compatible grip case from dbrand. Billed as the grippiest case in the world, it sticks like Spiderman to a wall. It still lets you customize your iPhone X with a skin of your choosing, so you get the best of both worlds: protection and personalization.
It’s a buddy system
Sometimes you and your friends get separated. It doesn’t matter if it was on purpose or by accident, in either situation it can be hard to meet back up again. An app like Find My Friends helps to make finding them easier than ever. The app links everyone’s GPS and tracks it in real-time on a map, letting you know where they are — even if they’re in the middle of a huge crowd. Once you see your friends’ locations, it’s just a matter of time before you synch up.
It’s a concierge
Without trying to jinx your Spring Break, you should think about your contingency plans should your plans fall through. Sometimes vacations don’t go according to plan. It can be scary if you don’t have a plan B when they do. Download an app like Hotel Tonight to make sure you always have a place to sleep. It collects all the last-minute accommodations still available at nearby hotels, so you can find an affordable and safe room should your other plans fall through.
The bottom line: your iPhone is important!
Don’t ignore what your smartphone can do for your Spring Break; it’s much more than just a camera! If there were hats small enough to fit the size of the iPhone, it would wear several different ones for each of the roles it can play in your vacation. Start with the ones suggested in this list, then start researching all the other ways your iPhone can help make any holiday the best one yet.