Where do you turn when looking for online camping information? For most people the answer is Google. It doesn’t matter if you want to find a suitable camping site, or a nearby hiking trail, Google is always there for you. But there’s another source of helpful online camping information that is right in our pockets.
I am, of course, talking about our smartphones. With them we have the Internet with us wherever we go, offering access to many useful apps. There are a ton of camping related apps out there, and we have chosen ten useful camping apps that will definitely improve your next camping trip. From planning and first aid instructions, to choosing the campsite of your dreams, these apps are undoubtedly useful. Take a look.
1. Harvest Hosts App
The highly-rated Harvest Hosts app is for anyone who wants their overnight RV stays to be more than Walmart parking lots. This yearly membership program provides RVers with overnight stays at wineries, farms, breweries, museums, and other attractions all around the country. With over 2100 unique host locations, there is something for everyone. For $99 a year, campers can get access to campsites with no fees, interactive maps, trip routing, reviews and photos, discounts to other programs, and newsletters with new host locations. And with the code RVshare, you can get 15% off the yearly membership cost!
Created by campers for campers, Campendium has tens of thousands of places to camp, from swanky RV parks to free remote destinations, vetted by a team of full-time travelers and reviewed by 560,000 plus members. Campendium features map overlays for cell coverage as well as public lands so you can always find the perfect campsite. Campendium is free to use and will change the way you find a place to call home for the night.
3. The Campspot App
The Campspot app makes booking a camping trip easier than ever. Use the app to book your last minute vacation, or plan far in advance to find your perfect location. Download the app to browse 1000,000+ campsites that will make your next family trip one to remember. Read reviews and reserve instantly. Best of all for RVers, you can choose your equipment details to ensure your rig will fit into the camping spot you want to reserve. Input type of vehicle, length and slide-out info to make sure when you arrive, parking will be a breeze.
4. The Recreation.Gov App
Some people enjoy life so much they decide to take a camping trip at the last minute. They pack their bags and go out into the world not knowing what awaits them. You could do the same and see where the road takes you… or you could use the Recreation.Gov Camping App. It allows you to reserve a camp spot with only a tap on a button. The app offers multiple filters and is a trusted guide when you’re on the road. There are photos, driving directions and a call center operator at your disposal should you get lost. These are just a few things this amazing app provides.
5. The Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder App
If you’re looking for something most trustworthy, you should take a look at the Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder App. Three companies have teamed up to make this app one of the greatest campsite apps around When the American Park Network, Ford, and LL Bean decide to unite their forces, people already expect something cool. And they are getting it with this app that offers a large database of public land in the US containing every national, state, and local park, along with national forests and federally-managed destinations. You can even choose what activity you are interested in and the app will search for the campsite that best suits your needs.
6. The Allstays Military Campgrounds, FamCamps and RV Parks App
The AllStays Military Campgrounds App offers an extensive database of campsites and RV parks for current and former military members and their families. There are countless reviews, photos, weather info and even a GPS that will take you to your destination. Many people praise this advertisement-free app since it’s free and offers an off-line service if you are not in range of Internet service. There’s also a “Tents for Troops” program featuring 165 campsites that provide two nights free of charge for active duty, Reserves, and National Guard servicemen. The offer is for them and their whole family, so don’t hesitate to apply.
7. The Chimani National & State Parks App
If you decide to use a campsite app, why not aim for the top? Chimani is an award-winning app with a unique design that offers a range of details about National and State Parks. The database features hundreds of National Park Service units that will please any traveler. If you install this app, you can digitally create a passport that will get “stamped” any time you visit a park. If you enjoy a certain park, you can sign up for its news feed and you will receive detailed information daily. This way you will know about everything that is happening within that park hours before arriving.
8. The AllStays Camp and RV App
If you are a serious RV camper then I have the perfect app for you. The Camp and RV App is perfect for people who love to experience the outdoors fully by immersing themselves in nature in an RV. The app lists thousands of campgrounds within the U.S, and Canada. You don’t have to worry about getting lost, since the app has detailed maps, reviews, and lots of information for each site and area. Prefer tent camping? They have an app for that too.
9. TOPO Maps+ App
Having trouble reaching the perfect destination? Well your worries will be no more thanks to the TOPO Maps+ App. Nature lovers can count on this app when they want to “take a bite” out of nature. It is one of the best-selling apps on the market, and users can download topography maps for the US and the rest of the world from countless sources. You save the maps and use them either online or offline. The app features tons of hunting sites, ATV and whitewater trails, and Bureau of Land Management maps. The GPS also leads you straight to your destination every time you insert the program.
10. The Dyrt App
For campers, by campers, the Dyrt app is perfect for anyone looking for new ideas and community. Rated one of the best camping apps available, Dyrt provides access to all camping listings in the U.S, plus connects users with other campers. Upload reviews, photos, and videos to improve the app as you travel to different campsites around the country, and get contact info for every campground. Dyrt also offers a PRO membership for $29.99 a year, which includes access to a road trip planner, offline access, discounts to campgrounds and outdoor gear, access to the online forum “The Campfire,” and a point system that awards users even more discounts for contributing to the app. Along with the road trip planning, there are maps of free campgrounds including layers for Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, and National Park System campgrounds. Dyrt ensures that adventure awaits — all you need to do is pack your bags and go!
11. Outly App
Ever wanted to experience more nature out of your camping trip? Well, with the Outly app, you can get access to interactive maps and routes that point you in the direction of more experience in the great outdoors. With maps for campsites, swimming, hunting, trails and terrain, wildlife, fishing, and even cell coverage, Outly is a great app for all adventurers. Users can also save and share trips and routes. The best part? It’s free! All you need to do is make an account, and soon you’ll be planning your next adventure in nature without wasting time on logistics.
Hopefully, these apps will improve your next camping trip. Let us know in the comments below if we missed any of your favorites.