Even though most Palm owners know about the amazingly cool AvantGo app, it still deserves a mention here. This smart application allows you to download virtual reams of articles, stories and other information onto your PDA, PocketPC and web-enabled cellphone. AvantGo features content from some of my favorite online destinations, including Salon, the New York Times Book Review, Weather.com, Slate and — coming soon — TIME Digital. (Meanwhile it's easy to tell AvantGo to grab web pages, hint, hint.) Not only is AvantGo great for bumper-to-bumper hang time relief, it's also an easy way to lighten your beach bag, since there's no longer any reason to carry eight magazines and a book along with your beach chair, towel, cooler and umbrella.
Good patriotic American that I am, Memorial Day is — weather permitting — a long-awaited three-day weekend in the sun. This year it also means stuffing my Palm in preparation for life away from the office. Here are my picks for the must-have apps that every savvy Palm vacationer needs to get the most out of her downtime: