Packing Pro Proves It’s Positively Practical

Price: $2.99    Score: 8/10     By Anna PapachristosPacking Pro

Packing can often times be a tedious and annoying task.  While the end result means you are set and ready to venture off to your desired destination, the process can be a little stressful as you scramble to make sure all the necessities are accounted for.

Many have a hard enough time planning an outfit a day in advance, let alone being prepared for multiple days (or weeks), which is where Packing Pro by Quinn Genzel comes in.  Essential for anyone who appreciates having enough clean underwear, Packing Pro helps you plan out a well-developed list so you will hopefully leave nothing behind.

As an enhanced version of the Packing app, Packing Pro expands upon the original with its helpful, customizable features designed to take the stress and guess-work out of packing.  Upon start up, users are faced with the main screen labeled as the ‘Packing’ tab.  Here, you can view and edit your lists, view sample lists, create a new list or import and export content.  With twice as many sample lists as the original, Packing Pro’s predefined lists serve as valuable tools that provide ideas and suggestions users may otherwise overlook.

To begin making a new list, simply tap ‘Create New List’ on the home page (packing tab).  Here, users will be able to choose whichever list-making option is perfect for their current needs.  You can import a list that you’ve been sent, create a new list based off a previously existing list, or you may restore a deleted list that is still in the trash.  Users can also create their lists from scratch or based off of one of those many, helpful sample lists.

However, if you really need help, ‘Expert Help’ will aid you in creating a list well suited for your purposes.  Simply enter information such as the number of adults, both male and female, going on the trip, the number of children, how many days you are staying, the temperature and destination specifics, and preferences for food preparation and laundry services.  Packing Pro will then generate a list of items that would typically be found on such a person’s list.  Best of all, when using your list to organize, you can sort what appears by showing all items that have been packed, all that remain unpacked, or both.

With the easy-to-use navigation bar at the bottom of the screen, users have access to all aspects of Packing Pro with the tap of a finger.  Under the ‘Catalog’ tab, users will find a breakdown of all the possible categories they may need to consider while packing for a trip.  From pre-trip To Do tasks and clothing, to toiletries and gadgets, users are sure to have all their bases covered as each list of items is exceptionally extensive.  Users can even expand upon the existing Master Catalog by adding their own items, or by creating their own, new category.

The ‘Design’ tab allows users to customize the appearance of their lists.  Choose from a collection of various themes, layouts, colors and fonts to make your lists attractive and tailored to your specific needs.  If you have any questions about how to use any aspects of Packing Pro, the ‘Help’ tab covers every topic you could possibly imagine, making this single tab just as comprehensive as the entire app itself.

According to the App Store description, both American Express and National Geographic deemed Packing Pro one of the best apps for travelers, which seems quite accurate.  Though Packing Pro may seem a bit daunting at first, the overwhelming feeling only stems from the extensive Master Catalog.  With so many outstanding characteristics, to go into each detail adequately would take more time than downloading Packing Pro and experiencing its ease and convenience for yourself.

Packing Pro requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with the iPhone and iPod Touch. A small fee was paid by the developer to expedite the publication of this review.

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