My husband is a geek for finding new programs. He typically gets excited about one, shares it with me, then quickly decides that “it wasn’t that great” for one reason or another. But folks, Airtable is a keeper! We have both been super impressed with it, and I use it all the time.Now, you may be wondering why I’m doing a computer program review on a site about RVing. Truth is, Airtable has saved my behind when it comes to packing our stuff and keeping it all organized!
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If you read the post I wrote about the system I use for packing, you probably noticed that Airtable was mentioned a lot. That’s because it has been an integral part of packing this time around, and for good reason!
What is Airtable, you ask? Good question! You can find this blurb on the front page of their site:
Airtable looks like a fast and flexible spreadsheet, but it’s actually a relational database that can store almost anything.
As you can see, Airtable isn’t just an app for packing boxes. No siree! I have my blog calender on there, a gift list, RV todo lists, travel logs, etc. It’s extremely versatile, which is what makes it so handy.
Let me show you how it works.
Looks like a spreadsheet, right? This is the practical version of spreadsheets. It has such a beautiful layout; easy to read, color coded, and fully customizable. And you can make it anything you want!
I really like the “views” where you can make it display only certain categories. For instance, if you are a photographer you can keep all your gear listed in the “main view”, but then if you want to see which gear you need to take on your Alaskan Wildlife trip vs. your typical wedding shoot, you can use a different view that only shows the gear you need per type of shoot.
In my packing list, I have a view that shows me what stuff I’m getting rid of called “for the taking” (see image below). In that view I have it filtered to show only items that I’m selling, giving, lending, donating, or returning. This is not only helpful for me to keep track, but I could send this view to friends and family who might be interested in buying/borrowing our stuff!
Then there are new tabs. These are really cool, too. In my packing list I have an items tab and a boxes tab. And I can link them.
When I pack a box, all the items that go in that box are listed under the items tab. Then I switch over to the boxes tab and link in that box to whichever number box I’m on.
This means that when I go back to the items tab I will be able to see which box any given item is in! How awesome is that?!
Airtable also offers apps for both Android and iPhone (see photo above), which is super convenient since you don’t need to have your computer with you whenever you add something to your spreadsheet.
The best thing about Airtable?
Sure, you can pay for upgrades… but everything I just showed you can be (and was) done on the free version!
So what do you think? Have you ever used Airtable? If not, what are you waiting for? Go check it out for yourselves!