Thanksgiving is all about spending time with your family. But getting to the day itself can be more than a little challenging. If you’re like us, you’re feeling overwhelmed in those final days. From trips to the grocery store to pulling your fancy table décor out of storage, there’s no shortage of things to do.
Fortunately, you have technology on your side. Load your desktop and mobile devices with a few helpful apps and you’ll be ready to tackle all those last-minute tasks like a pro. Below are some of our favorites.
Save time and frustration by making sure you grab everything on your first trip to the grocery store. Wunderlist will help you create a visually-appealing grocery list that you can update on the go. The app will also help you get a head start on your Christmas shopping list.
If you’re one of the 4.45 million Americans expected to fly this Thanksgiving, Tripcase can give you a hand. Once your account is set up, you can forward your travel details to the Tripcase email address and keep everything in one easy-to-access place.
Lyft or Uber
You no longer need to rent a car when you’re traveling by air. Download Lyft or Uber to your mobile device and you’ll be ready to grab a ride as soon as you land. Hot tip: set up an account, load your payment method and schedule your rides to and from the airport before you leave home to avoid any snafus.
Big projects go much smoother when you have help. Trello makes it easy to list tasks and delegate them to others. When a family member finishes an item, have them move the card for that task back to you so you can mark it as complete.
Trying to track down all those recipes and articles on Thanksgiving Day will only add more stress. Pocket lets you save everything in one place so you can find it in seconds. While you’re at it, save a few fun things to read while you’re relaxing after dinner.
You probably already have Gmail, which comes in handy for keeping family members in the loop. But your Google Calendar will help with tracking flights and managing itineraries. With Google Keep, you can keep all your notes and to-do lists in one place.
Chances are, most of your Thanksgiving guests are on Facebook. Messenger will help you share quick messages and even send event invites to your dinner guests. It will also help out with wishing groups of friends a happy Thanksgiving in the middle of the festivities.
If any of your family members have text messaging limits or live overseas, look into WhatsApp. This text messaging app allows you to exchange messages for free from anywhere in the world. You can also make phone calls without using your phone plan minutes. We love it for catching up with our faraway loved ones who can’t be with us over the holidays.
Speaking of interacting with overseas loved ones, Skype is a handy tool to have on your favorite mobile devices. In fact, Skype calls the holiday “Skypesgiving.” As you’re sitting around the table, you can dial in those long-distance family members and video chat for free. Skype also has screen share so you can help remote loved ones with any technical issues.
You no longer have to be Martha Stewart to create a Thanksgiving spread straight out of a home décor magazine. Follow #Thanksgiving on Instagram for last-minute inspiration, or share photos of your Thanksgiving festivities for all to see.
While decorating and cooking, you’ll need some background music. Spotify can keep you moving even after the post-turkey-dinner sleepies start to set in. Best of all, the next day you can switch to one of their holiday music channels.
To make things even easier, download Shift onto your computer so that you can effortlessly bounce from one app to another. All your communication, task lists, and inspiration will be in one place, saving you more time for what matters most this holiday season.