App to make sure you are set for the trip

Do you like to get organized? Like, really organized? Then Packing Pro is the app for you. It breaks down your pretrip routine in such a way that it’s almost impossible to forget anything.

Lists for clothes, accessories, medical needs and toiletries are all available, as well as the ability to set priorities, organize and even photograph clothing and other items you need to bring or purchase before you leave. Lists can be reused, making it easy to get a solid travel organization regime down pat.


Send customized postcards

If you are no good at remembering to send postcards when you are traveling, this app will do nearly all the work for you. Select any picture from your camera roll, and Touchnote will turn it into a postcard and mail it to any location in the world with a working postal service. You can add a personalized message on the back, just as you would on an actual postcard. It’s not perfect — a matte finish option would be nice — but that’s a minor complaint. It’s not as exciting as getting a stamp from a foreign country, but if you don’t have time to find a post office or want to send a customized postcard, this app will do the trick. The app is free, but it will cost $1.50 to $2.99 per postcard.


Make money for nonprofit while you run

Charity Miles makes you work out for your charitable contribution, no bank account required. The idea is to combine getting fit with donating to charity, and the money comes from a sponsor company.

To get that corporate donor to contribute the funds, you have to put in the miles, by walking, running or bicycling. For every mile the app detects you have gone, using your phone’s motion sensors, a sponsor will donate to the charity you have chosen to support.

The app’s curated list of causes includes well-known names like Project Red and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, as well as lesser-known charities.

The app has a clear, modern and attractive interface, and you may even find that the charitable aspect motivates you to stay fit.