I love to go camping. It's an escape to nature, where aside from a few meals, the main priority is whatever you want it to be. It might be sitting next to that camp fire making sure it doesn't go out or seeking out a new hiking trail. I know it may sound crazy but I actually truly enjoy the lack of electronics when I'm camping. While that's part of the escape for me, I do love my electronics when planning my trip.
We've compiled some great free camping apps that will come in handy when planning your next outdoor adventure. We've tried to cover a little bit of everything from camping locations to survival skills. Check them out and see if they help organize your next outing.
RV Parks & Campgrounds by ParkAdvisor, LLC.
For those that like to RV, pull travel trailers and those that like tent camping, you will find this to be a handy app when seeking a destination. The app boasts over 40,000 RV parks, campground, gas stations and more. It also allows the user to search for specific destinations such as family friendly campgrounds or 55 years and over locations. The app includes public state parks and trails too. This is a great app for finding camping locations when you're not familiar with the area. You can download the app for both iOS and Android.
Boondocking by Modesitt Software
This app is fantastic for discovering some off the beaten path camping locations. The app relies on users to pinpoint great camping sites that aren't typically over run with vacationers. With the app you can mark locations, determine the elevation and even check the local weather. While camping in the boondocks may not be for everyone, it's a great app for those looking to get a little distance from the more established campgrounds. The app is available for both iOS and Android APK.
Recreation.gov by Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc.
Camping, day use sites, trails, activities, tours and so much more. This is an excellent all around app if you're looking for a camp spot or interested in what recreational activities might be available in that area. The app includes historical landmarks and even Ranger led activities for the whole family. Maybe you just want to go do some wildlife viewing or maybe explore the area on horseback. Well this app has it covered. There is an app for iOS devices and they also have a website at https://www.recreation.gov
Packing List Checklist by Mariano Rezk
As our family has grown, packing the truck for camping has become an art form. I'm pretty well organized so getting the gear ready isn't much of a problem. Yet, like any good vacation, we usually forget something. The Packing List Checklist solves that problem. You can pick from the items already provided and even add your own categories and items. There are filters available to allow sorting of items still needed for your adventure. Even if you're super organized, a double check lists never hurts. You can download the app on iOS devices.
AllTrails by AllTrails, LLC.
If hiking, biking or running is your thing, then you'll want to outfit your device with the AllTrails app. With over 70,000 trails, you are likely to find something in your area. State and local parks, pet friendly parks, kid friendly and wheelchair accessible locations all at your fingertips. You can view photos of trails, search reviews and even turn your phone into a GPS Tracker and record your adventure. Then share it with your friends and family via social media. The app is available on both iOS and Android devices.
Survival Guide by SusaSoftX
Regardless if you're camping, glamping or just vacationing in your own backyard, having some survival skills in your back pocket is a must. This app is filled with practical survival tips and relevant information for hikers and campers. It's not uncommon for individuals to get lost while simply on a hike. Understanding how to build basic shelters and surviving off the land may come in handy one day. Even at home in the event of a natural disaster these skills can be applied. You can download the app on both iOS and Android devices.
iExit by Metrocket, LLC
If your destinations are a road trip adventure, the iExit app will become a best friend along the way. This app will track your location and provide details about services available at the next exit. The services displayed include gas stations, lodging, dining locations and even travel coupons. Wondering what's available for lunch an hour away? iExit is there to help. Give it a try it's available on the iOS and Android app stores.
Geocaching by Groundspeak, Inc.
Add some fun to your camping trip with the Geocaching app. In case you've never heard of Geocaching you can think of it like a treasure hunt. This is a fun activity for kids and adults. Find hidden geocaches and let others know you've been there with a picture to capture the moment. The free version has enough geocaches to get you started. If it turns out to be a family favorite activity you can upgrade to a premium account for full access to the geocache list. It's a cool way to add a little something extra to your adventure.