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How to use Alexa to get ready for vacation

Holidays are meant to be relaxing, but ready for your trip is almost never. There are packing buy tickets, remember your sunscreen and so much more that can make even the quietest traveler to a vanzzled mess.

Next time, put some burden on Alexa. Here are several ways that Alexa can help you to stress travel planning.

Find a destination

Can't decide where to go on holiday? Let Alexa help. The Where to Vacation skill is like playing 20 questions, except that the goal is to discover a destination for your trip.

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Get Help Package

I'm notorious for forgetting to pack things. On a new business trip across the country I forgot to pack my laptop. I was hours in my journey before I remembered. Don't be like me. Use Alexa to help you pack.

My Packing Buddy skills go through a list of things you usually need on a trip and ask you if you've packed the item. You can answer "yes" to clear things.

Smart Packing skills go a little further. You tell it to your destination, how to get there and the duration of your trip, then the skill sends a custom packaging list for you.

You can also create your own packaging list without the help of skills. Just set, "Alexa create a list. Then Alexa will guide you by creating a custom list. Then, when you need reminders, say "Alexa, what's on my packaging list?" She will read back all the items you have listed and you can remove items as needed by saying, "Alexa, delete (items) from my packaging list."

Plan your trip to the airport

I can never time my arrival to the airport properly. Either I'm there too early or with very little time to spend. The airport's safety line waiting times, airport delay status and Flight Tracker skills can help change it.

You can ask the airport's safety line waiting times something like, "Alexa, ask the safety line what is the waiting time at DFW terminal 9?" The knowledge will then tell how long it currently takes people to get through the security so that you can plan accordingly.

The in-depth status of the airport will tell you if there are any delays at your airport so you know if you can leave later. If you want to know the status of a particular flight, Flight Tracker is the skill to use. Just remember to enter the airline and your flight number when requesting a status update.

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