This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #Tips4Trips #CollectiveBias Dear Diary, Hi, my name is Heather, and I am an overpacker. I don’t think that’s even a word, but if it is, it fits me perfectly, unlike the dress I wore to work today–thanks to baby…uh, em…toddler weight. I guess I like to have choices when I take a road trip or jet set. In the past, sitting on suitcases to zip my belongings inside or rearranging items to meet an airline’s weight requirement were a part of the vacation itinerary. But as a mom, I must streamline my packing process. Although my little girl is just that—little, she needs a lot of stuff. That means, I need to figure out how to share a suitcase with her. And by share, I mean a 70/30 split in most cases. (We’re working on what sharing means. Today, I asked her for a piece of her cookie, and she said that I knew what it tasted like!) So earlier this week, when I headed to the Philadelphia area for my monthly co-parenting pick up, I used my new cell phone, a LG Leon, to help me make the quick trip. I recently got the phone, which has Walmart Family Mobile’s 4G LTE service, and instantly started to use the super functional features to help me pack one bag. I know, that’s a heavy lift! Here’s how I lightened the load. Write a List What outfits do you plan to pack? Do you need to pick up flip flops, sunscreen or beach towels? I needed to remember to buy a box of allergy pills. My allergies react differently depending on the city I’m in. So the phone’s memo feature reminded me to stop at the pharmacy. Also ask yourself, where you plan to go. I find that I am more likely to overpack if I don’t have a set agenda. I planned our activities and easily reduced the amount of clothes and shoes I put in the bag. And for once, everything fit into one bag! I even had empty hangers at the hotel. Take Photos Have you ever packed your bag for a trip and realized that you needed a necklace or a pair of sandals? Well, I used the phone to take pictures of my outfits. When out and about, I can pick up the items–items that actually match and not things that I just think are pretty cool. I normally wear heels with the dress I planned to pack, but since we planned to go to King of Prussia Mall, I getting a pair of comfy flats was a must. Record a Message If you would rather talk than write, you can record your messages on your phone. This is also a great feature for extended family members and friends. They can leave messages as well–My ex has a much better memory than me. He’s like an elephant! He asked me to send something back, so a recording would be effective. OK, not the best person to use as an example–don’t want him running around my head, but it’s nice to hear a voice at times versus reading a message. And if you’re tired, it’s easy to lay in bed and record reminders. Search for Fun Family Attractions I immediately connected the WiFi. Before heading to Philadelphia, I looked up the weather. The temperatures soared into the nineties! Therefore, I Googled information on indoor activities for toddlers. The mall housed a Build-a-Bear Workshop and an indoor playground. Check out how I put these tips to the test! Hey DFTM Fam–What are your #Tips4Trips? How do you use your phone to plan or go on vacation? You can hooked up with the LG Leon for $29.88/month (for the first line). There’s Unlimited Talk, Text & Data service plan, which includes up to 1G of 4G LTE data. If you are not already using Walmart Family Mobile as your service provider, you will also need to purchase the $25.00 starter kit. When I added everything up, the offer was still much cheaper than one month of my cell phone bill with my previous provider! Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to your local Walmart for current pricing. Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.