It goes without saying, camping is one of the most exciting and relaxing activities to take part of on any given weekend. There’s nothing like kicking back with a drink, barbecue, and good company around the fire just enjoying nature together.
And while it’s always best to unplug during these times, if you so happen to have your smartphone or tablet with you, there’s plenty of great apps in the Play Store to improve your camping experience.
Kampgrounds of America
The Kampgrounds of America (KOA) app is perfect for an impromptu camping trip almost anywhere in the United States. KOA has a massive selection of campgrounds all across the country, and its mobile applications allows you to easily find the quickest route to the nearest available campground.
Additionally, you can quickly reserve your spot within the app. And there’s no need to worry about getting lost without a cell connection since most of the KOA app’s functions are offline, including campground information, driving directions, and more.
Going on a camping trip can be an insane adventure, especially in the planning stages. It can be difficult remembering everything that you need to take with you, whether that be food, extra blankets, matches for the fire, and so on. Google Keep is the perfect application to keep yourself organized.
Keep is a note-taking app that easily allows you to jot things down on the go. It makes it extremely easy to keep an organized list, set reminders, and even share notes with others, which can be especially useful if you’re taking friends and family with you.
If you’re a bit of a bird watcher, Audubon Birds is a must have on any trip. Featuring 821 species, Audubon Birds has over 3,200 images of birds, sounds for almost every bird on the list, and even some advanced mapping, helping you identify seasonal and migratory ranges.
While it’s the perfect app, bird watching isn’t for everyone. That said, Audubon has a whole list of different field guides for just about any interest out there–insects, wildlife, you name it.
Normally when you’re out vacationing in the great outdoors, its best to unplug from the world by setting aside your smartphone, tablets, and etc. However, if you keep your phone with you, Compass is an excellent application to have in hand.
Compass says it’s one of the most accurate compass applications out there, and in testing, it truly is. As you might expect, it uses your network location and GPS coordinates for accuracy. Finally, Compass actually displays your GPS coordinates and magnetic field in the application.
While it’s a handy application, nothing beats having an actual physical compass on hand.
Survival Tools is great for those who plan on roughing it out in the woods without the comfort of an official campground. The app is loaded with nifty features to help you find your way and, in some cases, even stay safe.
It’s an all-in-one applications, meaning it has a compass included, a flashlight, Google Maps integration, the ability to share your location using latitude and longitude, an S.O.S flashlight, and more. It even features the U.S. Army Survival Guide, which will helpyou prepare and possibly even get out of any survival situation you come across.
AllTrails is the single must have application for exploring the outdoors. It’s packed with guides for over 50,000 trails all across North America. These guides are complete with reviews, photos, and even tracks for all sorts of activities, whether it be something as strenuous as hiking to something as easy as a relaxing bike ride in the evening hours.
You can easily track your activities with AllTrails using your GPS, and if you’re on a trail not in the AllTrails database, you can easily add a new one for the next time you or someone else is on that trail.
AllTrails is most certainly a must have on any camping trip.
There are few things more enjoyable than having the privilege of seeing even just one of North America’s 59 national parks. The experience is like no other, and the Chimani National Parks app aims to give the latest news on the National Parks, photo galleries, audio tours, hiking trails, and more.
There’s even a way to keep track of each park you visit in addition to a feature that will assist you in visiting parks in the future. It comes with offline GPS navigation as well, so there’s no need to worry about a cell signal!
These are some of the best applications to enhance your camping experience. However, in most cases, it’s usually bet to turn your technology off and truly “unplug” from our digital world to enjoy a relaxing weekend away. But if you can’t, there are certainly some awesome applications out there to better your camping experience!
Despite there being lots of great apps for camping out there, there’s no doubt we missed a few. What are your favorite applications to use while experiencing the great outdoors?