Enjoy the Great Outdoors with App-sistance

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It’s great to get out under the stars and completely unplug from the hectic chaos of our daily lives. But don’t unplug too far. There are some great apps out there that make keeping your mobile charged up worth the effort.

With the Memorial Day holiday coming up and my kids big enough to actually enjoy camping and national parks I really want to explore all that we can this summer. My usual go-to for information and plan trips is the great and wonderful Internet. But now that I’m also wired with a smartphone I got to wondering if there are any apps out there that might be helpful and fun for camping adventures. Sure enough, there are a ton of options.

Here Are Some Apps That I’m Going to Explore Thoroughly


oh rangerOh Ranger

(iOS and Android)

To get out there and get the adventures started you need to know where to go and what to do when you get there, right? Oh Ranger can find the parks nearest you and detail the activities available there. Boasting a comprehensive database of every federal and state park in the United States this app will be a great help for more than just one summer.

campfinderCamp Finder

(iOS and Android)

Another helpful tool for finding that perfect spot to stake your tent or hook up your RV, Camp Finder is loaded with information on 17,000 campgrounds, RV parks and RV resorts. Learn about camp sites, amenities and rates. Also view photos and check out reviews all in this one app.

nationalparksNational Parks by National Geographic


Just the name makes me want to use this app to discover national parks and make plans to visit each and every one. This app provides recommendations from National Geographic editors on park must-dos and you get photo tips from National Geographic photographers. And, of course you can check out gorgeous photographs in this app.

sassurvivalSAS Survival Guide

(iOSAndroid, BlackBerry and Windows)

This app will come in handy when you I find myself in an undesirable situation. Touted as the “definitive guide to surviving any situation, anywhere in the world,” this app sounds like a must-have for my adventures. Former SAS soldier and instructor, John “Lofty” Wiseman shares elite training techniques of Britain’s toughest fighting force in this app. This almost seems like overkill, but it’s never bad to be over prepared.

checklistCamp Checklist

(Android and Windows)

I like to keep my camp box stocked and ready for any camping trip that comes up on a moment’s notice. This app will be a great help to make sure I don’t forget anything. It’s a configurable checklist pre-populated with more than 225 camp items that I can check and uncheck as we adapt our kit over the summer. For someone like me who loves lists, this is perfect.

knotguideKnot Guide


Now this is one app I will really use. Right now I can’t tie a knot if my life depends on it. With this app I’ll be stringing up the kids by the ankles in no time.

skymapSky Map

(iOS and Android)

Turn your smartphone into a window on the night sky. This app displays stars, moon phases, planets, constellations and meteor showers.  This app is sure to dazzle and amaze the kids as they wind down before passing out in the tent with the dogs for a good night’s sleep.


What great outdoor plans do you have for this summer? Do you think any of these (or other) apps will be useful for your adventures? Leave us a comment below and let us know!

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Is a west coast gal who has settled down in Colorado. She loves to write, cook and play outdoors. If you don’t find her at work, she’ll probably be out riding her bicycle, at the pool with her kids or curled up on her couch with her face buried in a book.

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