The Two Most Important Winter Camping Accessories

Winter camping is awesome. The stillness and starkness of the world around you during the cold months can lead you to a deep sense of awe and inspiration. There’s just something so profound about sitting on the shore of your favorite lake while nature has wound-down to a slow creep.

There are some other benefits as well. Like being able to build a roaring fire and sit close beside the flames. Or feeling the warm companionship of your wife while snuggling inside your tent.

There’s also one very significant drawback to winter camping… it’s so damn cold!

For me, camping in the cold is all about finding ways to moderate the chill to a tolerable level so I can enjoy the experience. There are two little accessories that help.

Socks

Yes, believe it or not, many a camper has forgotten to bring along a nice clean, dry, pair of socks to wear inside the sleeping bag. I’m not a socks to bed kind of guy, but when it’s 30 degrees outside they make a big difference.

It doesn’t really matter what type of socks you wear as long as they’re dry. Even the slightest dampness will reduce the benefit greatly.

Knit Hat

Carheart Knit Hat You loose a massive amount of body heat through your head so keeping a lid on your noggin is a really good idea. I’ve got this old Carheart knit cap that I picked up years ago that works perfectly.
When choosing your hat look for one that has a tight weave that that is elastic. The tight weave helps retain body heat better and the elastic guarantees you’ll be able to pull it down over those ears.

Choose a hat that has no ribs or ridges woven in for decoration. Those will just annoy you while your head is on your pillow.

Creature Comforts for Winter Wheeling

When you’re winterizing your 4×4 for snow camping and extended journeys there are usual suspects like traction tires, chains and antifreeze to combat cold weather. Before the holiday crunch closes in it’s a good idea to take care of these truck and Jeep parts and accessories you’ll need for the long winter months. There are also out of the way items that may seem like afterthoughts, but can go a long way in the battle against frigid winter cold. Here are five of them that can make a difference whether you’re out on the trail or going for your daily drive.

Floor Mats

Winter weather usually has its way with floor mats – temperatures fluctuating greatly from sub-zero to toasty warm can harden and crack hapless mats. Enter WeatherTech’s All-Weather Floor Mats, featuring specially engineered resin with sculpted contours to trap seasonal snow, ice, slush and mud. The customizable rear mats can be trimmed to fit nearly any rig and the accessories come with a 3-year guarantee against defects in materials or workmanship.

Mats tend to have a problem staying put and WeatherTech’s anti-skid ridges stop them from shifting on the floor. They retain their form without coiling in cold climes and sport an anti-stick finish to shield them from undesirable elements. The finish makes cleaning these mats quick and effortless and they come in tan, grey or black to match any interior color.

Seat Covers

smittybilt-gear-seatcoversSeat covers make great companion pieces to floor mats and help protect in the wintertime when more mud, hot beverage spills and transporting of seasonal equipment takes its toll on vehicle seats. Smittybilt seat covers include its G.E.A.R. line, XRCs and Neoprene, a synthetic rubber that maintains flexibility across a wide temperature range.

The G.E.A.R. line of seat covers sports pockets and storage compartments galore to hold gloves, hats and assorted winter gear and supplies. XRC seat covers were recently made available for CJs and YJs and they combine comfort with durability to protect seats. Breathable Neoprene seat covers give an extra layer to shield seats and are custom fit for various Jeep Wranglers.

Wipers and Wiper Blades

Your 4×4’s defrosting abilities and windshield wipers are two of the most vital exterior accessories during the cold months of the year. Rain, snow, sleet, ice and condensation all conspire to obstruct your view. The basic function of windshield wipers is to bead water so it’s easily expelled from the glass surface.

PIAA uses silicone rubber in their wiper blades that coat windows with invisible silicon that goes a long way toward repelling water. Silicon rubber boasts double the durability of conventional rubber and PIAA offers wiper refills on their Super Silicones and Aero Vogues.

Amber Fog Lights

Pro-Comp-Amber-Fog-LightsThe debate over whether amber/yellow fog lights make a difference in misty conditions rages on in the 4×4 community. The wavelengths of amber fog lights are specially designed to filter out the blue part of the color spectrum and make vision easier in challenging conditions. These lights penetrate better than white lights because they don’t reflect off of fog water droplets as easily, cutting down glare.

For winter conditions like flurrying snow and thick fog they should be low mounted and aimed straight ahead or slightly down. Ideally, these lights are aimed in a wide pattern to be most effective.

Batteries

Winter is all about extreme weather and the Odyssey Extreme Series Battery is designed give you peace of mind when you’re wheeling far from civilization. With plates composed of pure virgin lead, they pack double the power and triple the lifespan of ordinary car batteries.

Whether you’re starting your 4×4 in harsh weather conditions or coping with emergency situations, having a reliable battery is a must.

Author David Beran is a copywriter for 4 Wheel Parts.

Choosing a Tent for Summer Camping

The best type of tent, I think, for summer camping is a double walled three season tent. These tents usually weigh in at 5 – 10 pounds depending on size. They have double walls which means on a clear night you can remove the rain fly (the second wall) for maximum ventilation. You can also use these tents in the spring and fall.

Ventilation

By April Killingsworth

By April Killingsworth

You number one concern climbing into bed on a summer camping trip is staying as cool as you can. Many double walled three season tents feature a full mesh top. These are the style of tents I love. With the rain-fly removed you’ve got near full visibility and the air just moves right through the tent.

Put this tent on a nice ridge and you’ll feel the full effect of the summer breeze. Or place it in a lower valley and catch the air as it cools at sunset and moves two lower ground. Stagnant air is your enemy while summer camping, while moving air will make your stay far more pleasant..

Rain Protection

Having that rain-fly available is important in my neck of the woods, Texas. The weather changes so fast here. You can have 118° F at 2 pm and it will be raining and 60° F by evening. It helps with those early or late summer nights when dew is common by catching the condensation.

Choose a tent that has the polls on the outside. The main tent body hangs from the polls which arc over and are secured to the floor of the tent. The rain-fly should then rest on top of these polls. This gives you several inches of air gap between the mesh wall and the rain-fly allowing air to move freely and moisture is kept at bay.

Size is Important

My rule of thumb for tent shopping is when the manufacture counts one person, you should count half a person. That is, when a tent is rated for 2 persons, I count that as one. Of course I’m 6’ 3” 260 pound man so your mileage may vary.

Just keep in mind, while snuggling with your sweetie on a cold night in the tent may sound glorious, it’s not the same thing in 80°+ weather. You’ll want, nay need, some personal space just to let the air move around you.

My Picks

ascend_h2.2My personal tent is the Ascend Hiker 2 from Bass Pro; it’s now sold under the Ascend H2.2 name. It’s a three season tent and I do use it year round (winter in Texas isn’t that rough). As the name suggests it’s sold as a two person tent. I’ve found that I can fit myself and my 4 year old fine on warm evenings with plenty of room between us; when he’s not trying to wrestle.

I really like this tent because it has mesh walls nearly to the floor. The rain fly cover’s the tent fully plus extends outward around the door making a little vestibule area for storing gear. I’ve put this tent up by myself in about 8 minutes. You have to be a little creative seating the polls when you’re by yourself. If you’ve got help 3 – 5 minutes to setup with rain-fly.

 

Choosing Sunscreen

TL;DR

Choose a broad spectrum sunscreen that is SPF 30 – 50+. Apply as directed by the maker; using less, lessens the product’s effectiveness. Because of skin absorption be careful of the ingredients list. Consider using one of these three:

  1. Kiss My Face SPF 30
  2. 100% Pure Hydration Organic Pomegranate
  3. Aubrey Organics SPF 30 Children’s Unscented Sensitive Skin

Why Use Sunscreen?

It is Ultraviolet Light that causes sunburn and skin cancer in humans; it also causes generation of Vitamin D which is beneficial. Knowing how our skin reacts to UV light is especially important in these summer months.

Let’s look first at UV light. We classify the Ultraviolet portion of the light spectrum in three segments, UVA, UVB and UVC.

The latter, UVC, decimates biologic entities, including humans. In fact when you purchase an UV water treatment tool, it’s using UVC. That really cool looking “oven” your barber places his comb and scissors in uses UVC as well. Before you decide to never step outside again, relax, our little planet blocks UVC in the highest reaches of our atmosphere. Pretty handy I’d say.

UVA and UVB, however, do reach the planet’s surface and are what cause skin aging and sunburn. The latter being the most noticeable effect is what most sunscreens are formulated to protect against.

How to Choose an Effective Sunscreen

The industry standard for measuring sunscreen effectiveness is measured in SFP or Sun Protection Value. This measurement is often misunderstood by consumers which can easily lead to poor choices in sunscreen products.

You skin has a natural SPF which is unique to you. It’s based on how much melanin you have. The darker your skin the longer you can stay in the sun without burning. That’s why a ginger burns so much quicker than an African American.

Once you have an idea how long it takes you to start to burn in direct sunlight, you can use the SPF rating of a sunscreen to calculate it’s effective duration. Say it takes you 15 minutes to start burning. Using an SPF 10 product will give you an additional 150 minutes in the sun.

There’s a catch here, you must apply the sunscreen as directed. Putting on less than the manufacturer’s recommendation will lessen its effectiveness.(( What’s Wrong With High SPF? ))

How Sunscreen Works

Photo by Karrie Nodalo

Photo by Karrie Nodalo

In general, sunscreens get their effectiveness from their ingredients which either reflect or absorb UV rays. Zinc or Titanium oxides are literally miniscule flecks of those metals suspended in the location. They bounce the UVB light rays away from your skin just like a mirror.

Many sunscreens include other substances which absorb UV rays and convert that energy to heat. Different ingredients absorb different types of UV. For example Cinnamates absorb UVB while Benzophenones absorb UVA. Depending on the ingredients a sunscreen will be labeled as “multi-spectral” if it screens both UVA and UVB.(( How Does Sunscreen Work? ))

Since UVB is what causes the more immediate burning that has traditionally been what sunscreen makers have focused on. While the effects of UVA are not understood completely, it is highly suspected that UVA causes deep tissue damage which leads to premature aging. In the last decade more and more manufactures have been offering multi-spectrum sunscreens.

What About Chemical Absorption?

According to Dr. Josh Axe, many sunscreens include some not so awesome chemicals which can be absorbed through the skin. He lists the following three products as his choice of healthier sunscreens:

  1. Kiss My Face SPF 30
  2. 100% Pure Hydration Organic Pomegranate
  3. Aubrey Organics SPF 30 Children’s Unscented Sensitive Skin

I highly recommend checking out his article which includes more details on why he chose to recommend these three products over hundreds of others. He also has some recommendations regarding nutrition and its effect on natural skin protection.

Please note that I’m not a doctor. Any recommendations above are based on reviewing other’s research and my personal opinions. I encourage you to do your own research and speak with your health provider before making your own decisions.

Portable Solar Panels for Camping

Camping is a lot of fun, but in the 21st century it is hard for many of us to go without our electronic gadgets. We know that the batteries will never last for the whole trip, and we therefore fret about being without our electronic gizmos while we are out in the woods. Luckily, there is a smart solution for this problem. You can enjoy all of your electronic devices for the duration of your trip when you bring along portable solar panels for camping.

Take Power with You Anywhere

One of the best things about portable solar panels is that you can take them with your anywhere. Because they are so lightweight and portable, you can hike with them deep into the backcountry. You can set up your campsite with all the electronic gadgets you need for your camping trip.

For example, most of us use digital cameras to take our photographs these days. The only problem with digital cameras is that the batteries can run out quickly. Instead of having to buy a whole bunch of batteries to take with you on your camping trip, you can make the much more environmentally responsible choice of using portable solar panels to recharge your batteries.

Another way you can use them is to charge your GPS device. A GPS device is very handy to have with you when you are camping. You will never have to worry about getting lost when you have GPS guidance to help you navigate your way through the wilderness. When you bring along a portable solar panel to charge your GPS device, you never have to worry about it running out of power while you are deep in the woods.

The Eco-Friendly Choice

One of the most common ways people keep their electronic devices running when they are out in the woods is to bring along a lot of spare batteries. This is not the environmentally sound decision. The manufacturing of batteries is not the most eco-friendly process, and they are a nightmare to throw away due to their toxicity.

Instead of adding to the waste that is clogging our landfills, you should make the eco-conscious choice to charge your devices with solar panels when you are camping. This will allow you to only bring one battery along for every electronic device you bring with you. It will save you the hassle of packing a ton of batteries, and it will ease your conscience by allowing you to make the environmentally friendly decision.

Harness the Power of the Sun

Using the sun to power your devices is the smartest decision you can make. It is good for the environment, and it assures you that you will always have all the power you need while you are out in the woods. Whether you want to charge your phone, GPS device or portable DVD player, you can get all the energy you need with portable solar panels for camping. They are the smart choice for campers everywhere.

Author Andrew Womble writes for RealSmart.co.au. You can find him on Google+

Ascend Dry Bags

Keep Your Gear Dry

Mt. Fork RiverHaving a dry bag opens up new possibilities for what kind of gear you can pack out into nature. Whether you’re on a river or ocean or hiking through a desert, a good quality dry bag will save your gear from the elements.

Becoming a Fan

Every year my brother and I head over to Mt. Fork river to do some kayaking. It’s great fun, one of the best workouts I’ve ever found and a great stress reliever.When I first started going several years ago, I’d pack my food and gear in a backpack, strap it to the kayak and subsequently drench it all at the first rapids we found. Newbie me just figured that was par for the course.

The next year I’d learned about dry bags and after some research found that there are many kinds with different properties. Thickness of the material was of paramount concern to me since my bag would be strapped to my kayak and smashed against rocks and tree stumps. After stopping by Bass Pro I decided on their Ascend™ Heavy Duty Round Bottom bags.

Bag Construction & Quality

The heavy duty dry bag from Ascend at Bass Pro ShopsThese bags are made of thick PVC fabric. There are only two seams; the first runs the length of the bag, top to bottom, and the second runs the circumference of the round bag joining the bottom. The seams are over lay seams — meaning the pieces overlap each other — which means they’re very strong due to the surface area that’s welded together. The welded seams are joined by electronic-welding which excites the molecules in the PVC and literally fuse the two pieces together. This creates a very strong bond resulting in a leak proof seam.

The bag has two handles / tie-down patches on either side of the bag. While these are welded to the bag just like I described above, they’re not seamed into the bag, they’re applied to the outside only. This makes a lot of sense since it reduces the number of seams in the bag construction.

The roll-top design is very cool. Along the top of the bag is a bonded webbing strap that’s sewn into the PVC. On each end of the strap are male and female quick-release buckle ends. To seal the bag you simply place the sides of the bag opening flat together and roll it down the bag 3-4 times, then pull the two buckle ends together in a circle. The end result is a sealed bag that’s held closed by the mechanical lock provided by the folded fabric; it also doubles as a nice handle.

Final Thoughts

I have two of these bags, the 10 Liter and 20 Liter. In the smaller bag I usually place a first-aid kit, phone and camera and food. The larger bag gets filled with bottled water. My brother and I each take a bag and strap it to our kayak using a bungee cord.

I’ve submerged these bags going over falls, I’ve thrown them from kayak to rocky shore and now I’m recommending you get at least one. They’re made well, durable and work as advertised.

Your Thoughts

I’m interested in how you use, or would use, your dry bags. I’ve not had the opportunities yet but I when I go camping in bear county my food is going in one of these bags for sure.

Summer Protection from Cutter Insect Repellants

This giveaway is sponsored by Cutter. They provided a bundle of products for us to use and review and are providing one of our readers with a fabulous bundle too!

bite-freeEverything is bigger in Texas. Really. Even the bugs.

And, every year I spend most of the summer covered in itchy welts thanks to blood thirsty mosquitoes and chiggers. But, not this year!

Cutter insect repellants to the rescue!

Thanks to Cutter I got a huge box of insect repellants to try out. There are sprays for the lawn, candles for the patio and picnic table, a backwoods spray for those tick infested woods we like to camp and hike in, an all natural spray for the kids and anywhere we need to spray directly on our skin and even a tiny to-go spray I can toss in my purse for when we go to the park.

Cutter Natural Insect Repellant
I’m most excited about the Natural spray. We’re pretty cautious about what goes into our bodies and this includes the products we may put on our skin and absorb through our bloodstream. I’ve never been a fan of deet, and while I have no problem spraying some heavy duty chemicals on my boots and pant legs before a hike in the woods, I won’t spray that stuff on my little ones’ skin, or my own skin for that matter.

cookoutgoodies

Since Cutter not only supplied us with a generous sampling of their products, but also a stipend to create a fun outdoor experience, I thought we’d all go camping. Thanks to four graduations and two weddings over the past couple of weekends that just didn’t happen. So, we had a great cookout in the backyard! I grabbed everything we needed for chili dogs and s’mores, we built a fire in the fire pit and set out our lawn chairs just like we would have done at the campground. The kids loved it. Oh, who am I kidding? We all enjoyed it! And, we did it bug-free thanks to Cutter. I burnt our Cutter Scented Citronella Vanilla & Lavender candle on the little table and sprayed the kids and I with the Natural Insect Repellant. Even tho the grass was wet from a recent rain and there were bugs everywhere we remained bite-free. For me and the baby that is almost a miracle… we’re both mosquito magnets.

The natural repellants contain no deet and use the following ingredients to repel nasty biting insects:

  • Lemon Eucalyptus: Plant-based protection with natural active ingredient
  • Oil derived from Geraniums

Cutter Insect Repellants for Camping
backwoodsSince I’m still eager to pack everyone up and go camping before the summer gets too hot, I’ve got a little pile of Cutter goods set aside to take with us:

  • Cutter CitroGuard Candles – three-wick candles in metal pails with handles, perfect for on the picnic table or beside the campfire.
  • Cutter Unscented Backwoods – Extra strong, deet based spray we can put on our pant legs and boots before hiking through the woods.
  • Cutter Natural Personal Insect Repellent – Great for the kids and direct spray-on-skin.

Mosquitoes Are More than Just Annoying
Last year’s West Nile outbreaks had everyone a little scared. This year the city is already driving by at night and spraying our lawns to help keep the virus from becoming an issue again. West Nile is often spread by infected mosquitoes biting humans, so taking measures to protect yourself does more than save you from some itchy welts… it could keep you from getting sick.

Cutter Insect Repellent: Useful Tips & Facts
The CDC cites PERSONAL REPELLENT USE as the single most effective way to reduce your risk. And, most people don’t used one.

Useful tips on how to best protect yourself from insects:
• Spray repellent on exposed skin, spreading the product with your hand to improve protection (mosquitoes can detect an unprotected area the size of a dime!).
• Pay special attention to protection during prime mosquito-biting hours (usually dusk to dawn).
• Eliminate standing water around your home/in outdoor areas you are spending time in. It is a huge attractor for mosquitoes! Get rid of containers that aren’t being used, empty water from flower pots, change water in bird baths and maintain clean gutters.
• Make sure window and door screens are in good condition — install or repair where necessary.

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Cast Iron Cookware Care - Image Credit: Erica Mueller

Cast Iron Cookware Care

Cast Iron Cookware Care - Image Credit: Erica MuellerUnless you’re hiking to your campsite and need lightweight cookware, cast iron is the best option for cooking over an open fire. It’s heavy and heats evenly and if properly seasoned, is also easy to clean and care for.

Our first camping cookware was this Lodge Logic Pre-Seasoned Combo Cooker, 10.25″ that I continue to use almost daily in my own kitchen. And of course we toss it in the car when we head out to the lake every spring and fall! (some yummy campfire recipes here)

I was raised cooking with cast iron and my mother taught me how to properly care for my cookware so that I can enjoy mine daily, year after year.

Caring for Your Cast Iron Pans

Besides seasoning and cleaning, there are a few things you can do to ensure your cast iron cookware is ready for your camping trips and that food doesn’t stick.

  • Use wooden utensils. My favorites are wood or bamboo. Metal utensils can scratch the surface, cutting through the seasoning and sometimes leaving micro scratches in the iron itself. Soon your pans will rust and food will stick.
  • During the off-season, when you’re huddled inside cause it’s too cold to camp, store your cast iron with a few pieces of newspaper or paper towel between the pans. This keeps them from scratching one another as they shift and will also absorb moisture and prevent your cookware from rusting.
  • After cooking acidic foods like chili, spaghetti sauce, etc, rinse the pot out quickly. The acid in tomatoes can eat away at the seasoning in your pans! When we go camping we love to cook things like chili, but we make sure to bring a plastic storage container or mason jar to store any leftovers and we get that pan cleaned up fast!

Learn how to clean and season cast iron cookware!

Let’s dispel a few cast iron cookware myths…

  • Food sticks to cast iron. Not if it’s been properly seasoned.
  • Once cast iron is rusted, it’s ruined. Not if you know how to clean it!

I’ve written an extensive article on How to Care for Cast Iron Cookware on MomPrepares.com where I cover the best ways to clean cast iron and how to season new cast iron cookware.

And, here’s a video I shot of me cleaning my favorite skillet:

Do you cook with cast iron on your camping trips?

I’d love to hear about your favorite pieces for camping, whether you’ve tried dutch oven cooking, and about the most callenging dishes you’ve cooked in your cast iron cookware!

Guys Go Camping: Storing Gear at Home

Storing Gear at Home

Guys Go Camping: Storing Gear at Home

Photo by Anne LaBastill 1978

Nothing ruins an enjoyable camping trip faster than broken, dirty, or mildewed camping gear. If your camping gear is not ready to use and easy to find for each camping trip, then you are less likely to camp as often. Proper storage of camping equipment not only extends the life of your equipment, but it also makes it 100 times easier to gather the gear for next time.

If you store your gear properly after every camping trip, you will never regret it.

Clean Your Gear Before Storing

Before storing your camping equipment, all items should be clean and in like-new condition. This will prevent the spread of mold and bad smells, and will keep animals and bugs from getting into your gear.

Set up your tent in the backyard after you return home. Wash away any dirt with a hose and scrub brush. Spread the tent out to dry after cleaning. When the tent dries, use a vacuum to suck up any remaining dirt or sand.

Wash pots and pans in de-greasing soap. Make sure they have no stuck-on grease or food particles. Allow the cooking gear to dry completely before storing.

Any other wet gear that you have, such as shoes, sleeping bags, pillows, etc; place them on a drying rack to dry before storage. Remove any dirt from the gear before packing away.

Storing Your Camping Gear

Set up a dedicated storage area for camping gear. An indoor area is best, but a clean, dry garage or storage unit can also work. Try to choose a storage location that has a steady temperature and does not freeze or get above 80 degrees.

Use these ideas for storing your own camping equipment:

Electronics: Remove all batteries before storage to prevent corrosion. Place the batteries in a plastic baggie and store them nearby the equipment. Place all electronics into one airtight container, such as a large plastic tub.

Sleeping bags and blankets: Fold blankets and place on a shelf or in an airtight container. Do not store sleeping backs in the roll-up packs; this can damage the insulation inside. Use a pants hanger to store sleeping bags by hanging. This also prevents mildew and musty smells.

Cooking gear: Store cooking gear in a large plastic tub. Store larger cooking items, such as grills and washing basins on a shelf or the floor. Empty all fluids and dry the containers before storing.

Miscellaneous gear: Store all other gear, such as climbing equipment, special shoes and clothing, fishing gear, and any other equipment you have by storing with like equipment. For example, keep all first aid supplies stored in the same place, or all hiking gear in a single container.

Preparing for Next Time

As you store the gear, make note of any lacking supplies, such as matches, stove fuel, rope, and first aid supplies. Replace these items so you are ready to go for the next trip. Do the same with any broken gear. You can also make a list of supplies you wish you had and gather them for the next trip.

How do you store your camping gear? 

Best Android Apps for Campers

5 Best Android Apps for Camping

Best Android Apps for CampersCamping under the stars may seem a bit primitive, and while we try to leave behind more of the electronics and luxuries at home when we’re roughing it, smartphones can actually bring a lot of fun to a camping trip and with the right apps, could help save a life. We all know about the compass apps and flashlight apps. They’re pretty cool. But what about a directory of first aid help or a map of the stars? These camping apps for Android have been rated some of the best available.

Location, location and safety – The Best Camping Apps for Android

Camp Finder – Campgrounds by CampingRoadTrip.com
Touted as the #1 app for campers and RV’ers this app will help you locate campgrounds and RV resorts across the USA. With great search capabilities and info on each campground, park and resort this app will make choosing a campsite fun and easy

My Tracks by Google Inc.
Knowing where you’ve been sure makes it easier to find your way home! But no one needs to know that’s why you’re using this app. My Tracks is a great way to show off where you’ve gone and how far you’ve hiked. This app using location based services to track your moves on the go, creating a map of your hike.

First aid by British Red Cross
Created by the British Red Cross, this app covers basic first aid. All the information is stored in the app itself meaning you don’t need cell service or an internet connection to access it. And, it’s free!

Android Apps and Games for Family Camping Trips

Sky Map – Sky Map Devs
Turn your smartphone into a star map with this app then lay down under the night sky and be amazed at all the constellations and planets and learn the names of the stars. Even the kids will enjoy this app!

Campfire Games by brew82
Once the sun has set and you’re all seated around the campfire you can pretty much count to ten and the small children will be bored. This app is full of rules to fun campfire games you can all play. Then rate the games you’ve tried and see what everyone else is playing and what their favorites are!

Not an Android user?

Fear not! We have a great post on camping apps for iPhones too!