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Eight tips for travelers

Jason Snell, Dan Frakes, Chris Breen, and Lex Friedman, Macworld.com | May 26, 2011
Whether you’re packing your Apple gear for business or pleasure, our expert tips can help

Consider creating Vacation playlists in iTunes to sync with your iPad or iPhone right before you leave. That way you can prepare special content without messing up your work-a-day settings. (Just sync to your regular playlists when you return.)

For some kid-friendly app suggestions, see our favorites for toddlers and preschoolers, as well as for elementary school kids. We also rounded up great interactive books for little kids. Depending on your summer destination, you might also check out our collection of “Top-Rated Disney Theme Park Apps.” Browse through all our app collections here.

 

8. Bring a battery backup

If you’ve loaded up your iPhone or iPod touch with kid-friendly fare, the last thing you want to see is a “10 percent battery remaining” warning. A cheap, no-name, rechargeable battery pack—such as the $7 Stitchaway UltraPower or $20 iPowerCase—that plugs into the dock-connector port can effectively double the time your kids can spend playing Tozzle, reading virtual Dr. Seuss books, and watching Pixar flicks.

Remember tricks to extend battery life, too: Go to the Settings app and choose Brightness to dim the screen as much as you can comfortably. While you’re in the Settings app, turn on Airplane Mode to disable Wi-Fi, 3G, and Bluetooth whenever possible.

 

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