The smartphone era has lightened our loads. Instead of packing our purses or pockets with a Walgreens store’s worth of necessary items, we’ve now got phones that have it all. Things we’d never leave home without are dwindling to a precious few.
Here’s a quick look at 20 things we no longer need to lug around.
Maps: Forget folding that unwieldy piece of paper.
Grocery list: Update it from home while your spouse is still at the store.
Checkbook:Apps like PayPal make paying bills a breeze.
Calculator: Use your phone to figure the tip.
Books: You’ve got an entire library in your pocket.
Handheld video games: Remember when the Game Boy seemed tiny?
Mirror:The built-in camera is perfect for touchups.
Address book: No need to alphabetize — or erase when someone moves.
Airline tickets: The true e-ticket.
Notepad:The days of hunting for a pencil are over.
Radio:AM? FM? Satellite?
Alarm clock:Take your wakeup call with you.
Snapshots:Digital albums are the new wallet photo.
Calendar:With alerts, never forget a birthday again.
Compass: You always know where you are.
Camera:Stills, video, Skype — it does it all.
Flashlight: Apps light up the night.
MP3 player: Shuffle, play, repeat.
Stamps:Don’t bother. E-mail has you covered.
Newspapers:Uh, never mind this one ...