It used to be that camping was about getting away from it all, including and perhaps even especially technology. In this day and age, however, people simply don’t leave their Smartphones or tablets behind, even on camping trips.
You could sit and pout about how times have changed, or you could embrace it. Doing so is easier than ever before thanks to a host of new Smartphone and tablet apps that can make your camping trip a lot more fun! A decade ago, technology and camping might not have mixed, but nowadays, the two are a match made in heaven.
Shed a Little Light
It might be one of the simpler ideas on our list, but you’d be surprised at just how much a flashlight app can come in handy when you’re camping. As the name implies, these apps allow you to turn your mobile device into a real, working flashlight! This can really prove useful when the batteries run out in your standard flashlight or if you don’t feel like lugging along a “real” flashlight at all.
Even better yet, Flashlight apps are popular and are made by many different organizations, including iPhone and FreeLight, so you should have no problem at all finding an app that’s just right for you and that will add convenience to your camping trip.
Like Asking a Ranger
If you’re an avid camper or even if you just camp on a fairly regular basis, you are probably aware that there are a wide variety of different campgrounds and nature parks in any given area, many of which are off the beaten path and difficult to find. Well, never again do you have to choose a camping locale at random or waste time tracking down a knowledgeable park ranger to pose your questions. If you’ve got Oh, Ranger! Parkfinder, made for iOS and Android, you can easily find nearby campsites.
What’s more is that you can search campsites by amenities offered, location, and more. Chances are that campgrounds such as Wally World Resort or Pymatuning Adventure Resort.
So, when you’re in the mood to swim or when you need to find a dog-friendly park, you can just type what you’re looking for into your phone and get instant answers. This awesome (and totally free!) app is the next best thing to asking a park ranger for advice. In fact, it might even be better, or at least more convenient.
Study the Stars
Everyone knows that one of the very best parts of camping is being able to look up at the sky and see the stars in all their glory. With the right app, however, you can do more than just stare! Some great stargazing apps include Sky Map, made for Android, and Star & Planet Finder, made for the iPhone. With either of these apps, not only can you sleep under the stars, but you can easily identify them and the constellations to which they belong, making your stargazing experience both enjoyable and educational.
These are just a few of the many great apps designed for camping fans; you can easily search for and download more to bring your camping experience into the present day!