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9 Handy Apps for Campers

While it’s true that camping trips are a great time to unplug and take a break from being tethered to your electronic devices, there are a few ways technology can actually help make your trips easier to plan and more enjoyable. Here are a few apps you may want to download before your next trip. Unless otherwise noted, they’re all available for both iOS and Android devices:

  1. RV Checklist (iOS only) – Don’t you just hate it when you forget something? This app makes it easy for you to create master lists of things to pack for each RV trip as well as to create maintenance “to do” lists.
     
  2. TripIt – By creating a master itinerary for each of your trips and keeping all of your reservations and confirmation numbers organized in one convenient place, this app eliminates the tedious task of searching through your inbox for travel details.
     
  3. AllTrails  – This hand-curated collection of trail guides can help you find the ideal place to hike, bike or run when you travel, including kid- and dog-friendly trails.
     
  4. Roadside America (iOS only) – If you love to visit quirky, offbeat attractions, this is the app for you. It will guide you to attractions near you and includes maps, directions, photos, stories and tips for visiting them.
     
  5. iNaturalist – A joint initiative by the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society, this app can help you identify the plants and animals around you, connect with a community of scientists and naturalists and share your observations to provide valuable research data.
     
  6. Nature Passport – Designed by experts in outdoor play and experiential education, this app helps kids and their families play, explore and learn about the outdoors through simple games and lessons.
     
  7. Merlin Bird ID  – Have you ever spotted a bird you’ve never seen before and wondered what it is? This app, designed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, will help you identify that bird by answering a few simple questions about it or by snapping a photo.
     
  8. Star Walk 2  – One of many stargazing apps available, Star Walk 2 can help you identify stars, constellations, planets, satellites, asteroids, comets, the International Space Station, Hubble Space Telescope and other celestial bodies in real time. All you need to do is to point your device to the sky.
     
  9. GasBuddy – Of course, you need to get where you going so you can enjoy all of these fun outdoor activities. This simple app can help you find the nearest gas stations when you travel along with the ones with the cheapest gas prices.
     
  10. GoCampingAmerica.com (Coming soon) – We are revamping GoCampingAmerica.com in the coming months, and part of that redesign will include a mobile app that is sure to be your go-to when searching for campgrounds across the country! Be on the lookout for more information this spring. 

So visit the Apple App Store or Google Play to download your favorite apps, then use the “Find a Park” feature on GoCampingAmerica.com to find your next great camping destination