Phone hacks to remove the stress of the holidays

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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The holiday season can be a stressful time of year, especially if you are planning trips or hosting parties. But there is a way your smartphone can help you manage your to-do lists.

U.S. Cellular stopped by NBC Nebraska Today with some tips to simplify your travel and party planning.

1) Take a screenshot of directions and turn off location services while traveling in populated areas to conserve battery life.

2) Charge your phone on airplane mode. Busier schedules sometimes mean going longer between charges. Using airplane mode helps devices regain their battery strength by eliminating apps or services running in the background.

3) Capture photos of where you parked at the airport. It can be a challenge to remember where the car is parked after a late flight or long trip. If there is a saved photo, it can serve as a location reminder.

4) Take refrigerator and pantry pictures before shopping for a holiday party. A list is always helpful, but a photo of what ingredients and items are available at home will keep you from making unnecessary purchases.