We can all be guilty of both over-packing and forgetting essentials, but the one thing that always makes it on our holidays is our smartphone. This year, with free EU data roaming, instead of leaving your smartphone on airplane mode take advantage of your portable tech and use it to make your holiday that little bit easier, a tad more relaxing, and a lot more fun.

With that in mind, here's our list of the top apps that will help you on your holiday:

TripIt

If organisation isn’t your best attribute, or you simply like to have all your documents in one place, then use TripIt to take the pain out of travelling. Simply forward all your holiday confirmation emails to the email app and TripIt will create a master itinerary. Perfect for holidays with large groups of people so you can all be aware of the timings and the plans.
Price: FREE
Available on: iOS and Android

Sunscreen

Applying sun cream on holiday is essential to avoid sunburn and stay healthy. However, sometimes we lose track of time, or think we have enough sun cream on, and by the evening the painful and embarrassing sunburn becomes very visible. Sunscreen, the app, helps you to keep track of the UV exposure in your location and will alert you when it’s time to top up the sun cream based on your skin type and the SPF you are using.
Price: FREE
Available on: iOS

Google Translate

Bonjour! Ciao! Holla! Great words for saying ‘hi’ but not for ordering a cocktail, or taking public transport when you’re not familiar with the local lingo. Google Translate allows you to speak or type a sentence in your spoken language, and will translate it into a choice of more than 60 languages. You’ll never be lost for words again!
Price: FREE
Available on: iOS and Android

Golden Hour

Whether you’re into your photography or just want to take amazing photos to capture the memories, Golden Hour predicts the best hour of the day to capture the perfect shot based on the angle of the sun and the longitude and latitude of your location. Not only will your photos look great, but you’ll save time by not having to edit the lighting afterwards.
Price: £1.99
Available on: iOS and Android

Eventbrite

If you’re the sort of person who likes to immerse yourself into the culture and visit all the local events, then Eventbrite is a go to. By using your GPS location, the app will precisely monitor all popular events in your area so that you don’t miss out on any of the local fun.
Price: FREE
Available on: iOS and Android

Untappd

This app has been developed purely for the beer lovers of the world. Relax on your holiday whilst drinking the best beer in town. Untappd helps to discover and locate the best local drinking hole so that the thirst quencher always goes down a treat.
Price: FREE
Available on: iOS and Android

Soulver

Sometimes holidays get the best of us and not only do we lose track of time, but of our money too. So instead of tucking extra breakfast croissants from the hotel buffet in your handbag for lunch, use Soulver to keep track of your spending. Add in your purchases and the app will calculate money spent and show you what money you have left.
Price: £3.99
Available on: iOS

WIFI Finder

Keen to check in back home or catch-up on last night’s TV that you missed? WIFI Finder will show you where there is free WIFI in the surrounding areas, so that you can be connected whilst topping your tan up, without using up all your data.
Price: FREE
Available on: iOS and Android

Tipulator

It might not be British culture to tip, unless you are eating out, but in a lot of places around the world tipping is crucial. To save yourself the confusion on how much to tip, when to tip, and even where to tip, Tipulator will work out what the correct amount to tip is based on your location in the world and the service you are receiving.
Price: FREE
Available on: iOS and Android

VSCO

Escaping from our everyday lives is something we like to boast about to our social media followers. No matter what look you are aiming for, VSCO allows you to edit photos on the go so you can show your Instagram followers just how exotic that beach really was – perfect if the weather wasn’t what you had hoped for!
Price: FREE
Available on: iOS and Android

Whatever your holiday smartphone requirements, you can find the perfect deal over at mobiles.co.uk.