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5 Tips to Pick the Best App for Your Camping Adventure

5 Tips to Pick the Best App for Your Camping Adventure

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Heading into the wild unknown is for many a favourite way to spend time away from the responsibilities and challenges of the modern world. Still, perhaps just as many are not quite sure where to start when it comes to camping. However, there is a solution to that little problem! Follow our 5 Tips to Pick the Best App for Your Camping Adventure and you too will be able to bravely venture into the woods.

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  1. Get ready for your trip by learning everything about camping
  2. Check out camping benefits to get the most from your trip
  3. Save time travelling by finding camping sites near you
  4. Find camping amenities to make camping easier
  5. Get in the mood for camping with camping movies and TV shows

Camping has been a popular pastime for generations. At its core, it harks back to our Stone Age instincts of survival and the adrenaline rush we experience when we manage to achieve the seemingly impossible, outside of our comfort zone of cushy modern life. It brings us closer to nature and to our primal drive that still lurk deep within. Not to mention that it can be a whole lot of fun, especially in good company. Still, for many, it also presents a challenge as few of us know how to go about it. So, how do we prepare?

If you wish to learn all about the ancient practice of camping, the first thing you should do is turn to the most modern of inventions - the smartphone app! Pick one that will teach you the basics, offer tips and tricks, and walk you through the legal nitty-gritty so that you immediately know what can and cannot be done. After all, you wouldn't want to get in trouble while exploring that fascinating steep rocky walls of a particularly remote gorge.

If you are interested in knowing each definition, and the purpose and use of each bit of camping equipment, be sure to pick an app that will guide you through everything that you ought to know. Be fully prepared.

Do you also want to order everything in advance and not have to worry about last minute trips to the store? Then make sure that you have the right online shopping app installed.

Camping is known to have an almost exclusively positive effect on one's health. Fresh air free from pollution and the big outdoors inviting you to explore every nook and cranny of the landscape can bring you nothing but great benefits.

If you too wish to get the most out of your trip and test the endurance of your body, don't forget to choose a good fitness tracking app that will allow you to measure your walking mileage, heart rate and a number of other parameters.

Nature is the ideal place for yoga and meditation. Do you want to reconnect with Mother Nature and truly find your peace? Then opt for an app that will offer you guided meditations and asanas to practice in the serene quiet of the woods.

If you want to learn more about the benefits of camping, check out a few magazine articles on the topic to help you decide on the best course of action once you find yourself in the wild unknown.

Are you wondering "what is the most fascinating place that I haven't visited yet, that is near me yet secluded from the hustle and bustle of the modern world?" Your smartphone may have the answer!

If you wish to set on your next adventure without wasting too much time getting there, take a few minutes to look for an app that will let you search through campground listings and state camping parks that are open year round.

If you are determined to plan your trip around hiking, then look for apps that focus on locations ideal for this sort of activity. In case your primary concern is the type of terrain predominant in the region, then pick an app that will offer this information so that you may select the right spot to explore and enjoy.

In case your own car isn't exactly ideal for a camping adventure, you can always find a good car rental app that will let you pick and choose the right sort of vehicle. Oh, and don't forget a good GPS navigator and a hiking map!

For total beginners, camping at a designated area may be the ideal option. The risk is minimal and there are always amenities and features close by that can make your life a lot easier in case you forgot an essential item or simply need help or advice on how to proceed.

If you too want to go on an adventure but, like a young bird, feel shaky on your legs, look for an app that lists all the designated camping areas in your region. Premier Camping Bass Canyon, Gorge Terrace, Gorge Amphitheater, Wildhorse Campground and Watershed are just some of the options out there. National parks too will often have small camping grounds to take advantage of at a reasonable price.

In case parking, well stocked camping equippment stores as well as small and convenient healthy food shops are a must for you, make sure to download an app that will have those listed.

If you are planning a camping trip that is likely to last more than a few days, you may want to equip yourself with some entertainment options. An app or two that will let you watch your favourite TV show or even binge on a series could be the right answer.

The wonders of cable TV are no longer confined to the screen in your home. Now, you can carry all your favourite movies and shows wherever you go - even into the wild unknown. If you too cannot live without your fix of the Here and Now or without following the on-screen adventures of Jenni Konner or Brett Gelman, search for an app that will keep you connected to the world of drama, crime and comedy. You will easily be able to watch every episode of (of every season!) of your favourite HBO series.

If your intention is to discover new shows and binge on them while away on your camping trip, that too can be arranged. Just find an app that will let you explore all the latest releases, watch the trailer, read a review or two, and pick the right show for you!

And, if TV is not your preferred form of entertainment, some light gaming may do the trick. Pick the right virtual adventure to spice up your real-life adventure and game the night away under the starry sky.

After reading our 5 Tips to Pick the Best App for Your Camping Adventure you may rest assured you are ready to explore our Best 10 Camping Apps and head into the wild!

  • Passport America
    10

    Passport America

    Search nearly 1,800 campgrounds where Members save 50% off nightly camping rate!

    Passport America

    3.3 429 Reviews
    100K+
    Free
    • Free
    • Editor's Choice
    Passport America
    • It's great to find so many lower priced campsites on one website! I have used this site many times and have had some great deals! It's so easy to use. Trying to find a place to stay around Florida around Christmas is a little frustrating at best. Then you go on PA and all these grat camp sites pop up along the route and in no time I had reservations spaced out perfectly for my trip! Love this site!

      desertratdan1
  • WikiCamps USA
    9

    WikiCamps USA

    The ultimate camping companion with the largest site database in one app!

    WikiCamps

    4.2 197 Reviews
    50K+
    Free
    • 82% positive reviews
    • Free
    • In App Purchases
    • Editor's Choice
    WikiCamps USA
    • great for finding spots all over the us to camp. wish more people would leave comments after visiting places

      Goddess Aubrey
  • KOA
    8

    KOA

    Plan the perfect trip with the official Kampgrounds of America, Inc. app.

    Kampgrounds of America, Inc.

    4.3 5K+ Reviews
    100K+
    Free
    • 131 users said "easy to use"
    • Free
    • Feature Rich
    • Editor's Choice
    KOA
    • I don’t know how many times this app has helped us find a KOA when plans have changed during a trip. No more do we have to go online and scramble to find an available campground at the last minute- only to find out the office is closed and there are no online reservations. There are so many KOA campgrounds to choose from, and the way this app describes each campground, the amenities, and full descriptions of available sites, as well as being able to immediately make the reservation - makes it very easy to find an enjoyable place to stay. We have found places we love and have returned to, that we wouldn’t have found without this app. Love KOA!

      Chelsea's Nani
  • RV Parky
    7

    RV Parky

    Plan your RV Trip. RV Parks, Campgrounds, Rest Areas, Gas, Walmarts, and more

    Mission Management Information Systems Inc.

    4.4 6K+ Reviews
    100K+
    Free
    • 88% positive reviews
    • Free
    • Editor's Choice
    RV Parky
    • There are many features with this App that help you plan a trip, like Walmart, Fueling location that Friendly for RV's and many other places along the way. When you e-mail their App developer like Lenny you get your questions answered in a very professional and courteous way and also you feel like he is there to really help you with your questions.

      Ron Owen
  • Recreation.gov
    6

    Recreation.gov

    Get outdoors, experience your National treasures, and bring home a story!

    Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc.

    4.8 7K+ Reviews
    10K+
    Free
    • 97% positive reviews
    • Free
    Recreation.gov
    • I love camping and using the national parks a great deal thanks so much for updating this app it is extremely user-friendly the older version was very glitchy this one is so perfect you can set your filters and look for your dates and find a campground thanks again this is an awesome app

      greydawb
  • Hipcamp Camping App: Tent, RV, Cabin Campgrounds
    5

    Hipcamp Camping App: Tent, RV, Cabin Campgrounds

    Unique camping experiences. Find & reserve the best tent, cabin & RV campsites.

    Hipcamp, Inc.

    4.6 237 Reviews
    10K+
    Free Install
    • 90% positive reviews
    • Free
    Hipcamp Camping App: Tent, RV, Cabin Campgrounds
    • I'm SO excited that Hipcamp finally has an app! As my go-to site for all things camping and outdoors, it's great to be able to search for campgrounds on the fly and access all my trip details offline. From rustic wooden cabins and seaside beach tent spots to treehouses (yes, even treehouses), Hipcamp has a little something for everyone. Thank you Hipcamp!!

      Kate Cobb
  • ReserveAmerica Camping
    4

    ReserveAmerica Camping

    Use ReserveAmerica’s mobile app to search, favorite, and reserve campgrounds.

    RA Outdoors, LLC d/b/a Aspira

    4.7 11K+ Reviews
    100K+
    Free
    • 93% positive reviews
    • Free
    ReserveAmerica Camping
    • We often find ourselves going camping last minute. The app makes it really easy to find a site that fits our needs for our small kids. When we want to get up and go, this makes it possible!!

      CThmp22
  • The Dyrt Camping App: Find RV Parks & Campgrounds
    3

    The Dyrt Camping App: Find RV Parks & Campgrounds

    The most US RV parks & campgrounds in any camping app, with real camper reviews.

    The Dyrt

    4.7 8K+ Reviews
    100K+
    Free
    • 93% positive reviews
    • Free
    The Dyrt Camping App: Find RV Parks & Campgrounds
    • I’ve been using The Dyrt since shortly after it came out and it is my go to app when camping. I love that I can run a search for “camping near me” when traveling and I can almost always find a campground for the night, anywhere I am. I also like that new sites are added all the time by users like me. They have added some great new options like the ability to make lists for trip planning. I tell everyone I meet, including campground hosts about the app! The campground reviews are mostly very helpful and include useful intel about campgrounds so I know white places I want to pitch my tent and which places I might want to avoid (because negative reviews are just as helpful as positive reviews).

      Ranger Annie
  • FreeRoam - Campgrounds, Boondocking & RV Parks
    2

    FreeRoam - Campgrounds, Boondocking & RV Parks

    The best completely FREE resource for camping

    FreeRoam Foundation

    4.7 3K+ Reviews
    50K+
    Free
    • 92% positive reviews
    • Free
    FreeRoam - Campgrounds, Boondocking & RV Parks
    • I mainly wanted this so that I could look up BLM land, so it gets 3 stars just for that. It is lacking in a few areas. 1. It is annoying when apps don’t include an easy feedback feature. With something like camping, it can be dangerous or inconvenient if bad info can’t be changed. Specifically- Mission Bay is not a free camping area. It should not even show up as such. Now, there is a camp ground at Mission Bay, it is not listed and it cost over $100 a night. 2. The app is a good starting place, but then I have to go through another step to learn more about an area. Reviews are one thing. This needs to be improved because I still don’t feel right about camping somewhere that no one has left a comment about. This is especially true in S California. There seems to always be some restriction somewhere that isn’t widely known. I wouldn’t feel comfortable going to some random BLM land and setting up a shooting target, nor would I want to inadvertently set up camp on a shooting range. Get it? I need a BLM map, this app does that, extra info is inconsistent. Also, forests are shown but the names don’t display, adding another step to have to go to another map or forest site. Speaking of which, I hate maps that don’t have legends or names. With all filters off, I still see green areas in different shades. This is meaningless if a. I don’t see a name and b. If I don’t know what the green denotes.

      M Shaw
  • RV Parks & Campgrounds
    1

    RV Parks & Campgrounds

    Find over 40,000 RV Parks, Campgrounds, Rest Areas, Gas Stations, and Stores

    ParkAdvisor

    4.5 10K+ Reviews
    500K+
    Free
    • 461 users said "helpful"
    • Free
    • Feature Rich
    • Fresh
    • In App Purchases
    • Editor's Choice
    RV Parks & Campgrounds
    • We have only been out for a week, but have been planning for at least 6 months. I have found this app truly invaluable. We had planned to stop at a NM State park and learned it was full upon arrival, I quickly searched for another site within the area and found one that turned out to be smaller and more quiet than the first. Currently we are in a completely free site! Love this app and I highly recommend it to newcomers and novice RVers alike. Fair winds Y’all!

      6 Ft Hare

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