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oct 05

4 Apps That Could Save Your Vacation (and Maybe Even Your Life)

Vitamin C, water, soup, and aspirin will make you feel better. So will these apps.

Vitamin C, water, soup, and aspirin will make you feel better. So will these apps.

(Courtesy Robert Couse-Baker (catching up)/Flickr)

Nothing ruins a great trip like getting sick on the road. We found out the hard way during our family vacation to Italy this summer when my sister and I caught a nasty headcold and  found ourselves in the local drugstore trying to impress upon the pharmacist in a foreign language that we were looking for cold medicine. There's got to be a better way, we thought, and it turns out that there is—these four apps are here to help, whether you're looking for a doctor, emergency help in an unfamiliar place, choosing a restaurant with an adequate food-safety record, or trying to outsmart jetlag. Here are four apps designed to keep you healthy on your next trip.

ZocDoc
Find a doctor—by location, specialty, or insurance accepted—wherever you are. Available for iPhone and Android devices. Free.

StreetSafe
Connect with a personal guide (on the phone) for advice in an unfamiliar neighborhood and help in an emergency. Available for iPhone and Android devices. $19.99 monthly subscription required.

JetLag Genie
Design an alarm clock to gradually synchronize your sleep cycles with another time zone. Available for iPhone. $2.99.

DineSafe
Check a restaurant's food-safety records in the U.S. and Canada. Available for Android devices. Free.

We want to know: what are your favorite go-to health-related apps? Let us know below!

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