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?

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Best iPhone Apps for Campers

The Top 5 IOS Apps for the Modern Camper

Best iPhone Apps for CampersWhen it comes to smartphones, we’re a house divided. My husband loves his Android and I love my iPhone. So, when he asked me to write about the best camping apps for smartphones I had to start with iPhone apps for campers.

From survival to entertainment, apps can make camping trips enjoyable. Just remember to charge your iPhone’s battery and always have a backup plan for when that battery dies.

Survival and First Aid iPhone Apps for Campers

Survival Guide By Max Soderstrom
Based on the U.S. Military Survival Manual FM 21-76 and featured in PRIME living’s July/August issue 2012, the Survival Guide iPhone app is a guide book of sorts that covers everything from basic survival medicine to water purification, types of shelters and how to build them, building a fire and identifying dangerous plants. If there is anything you’d like to learn about surviving outdoors, this app will have you covered. Of course learning before you pitch your tent is advised, but I’d recommend even experienced campers keep this app handy.

St John Ambulance First Aid By St John Ambulance
While this app is based on UK protocols, I found it highly recommended as a first aid app. With instructions and illustrations for assisting people with allergic reactions, bites and stings, hyperventilation, diabetes and more this app could help you save a life.

An iPhone App to Help You Find Your Way

Spyglass By Pavel Ahafonau
Quite possibly the coolest compass app I’ve seen, Spyglass projects a compass over the image seen through your iPhone’s video camera so that you get a real sense of direction while using it. I’m terrible about finding my bearings, even when the sun is clearly rising in the east and I’m so excited to have found this app!

Entertaining iPhone Apps for Family Camping Trips

MyNature Animal Tracks By MyNature Inc.
Our oldest son’s favorite part of camping near the lake is waking up in the morning to discover all the tracks the nocturnal creatures have left on the beach and around the campsite. Having grown up in the country, I too enjoy trying to identify the footprints and track the creatures or speculate with my six year old about what they may have been doing while we were sleeping. MyNature Animal Tracks is sure to become a favorite app at our next camping trip.

GoSkyWatch Planetarium – the astronomy star guide By GoSoftWorks
Many of us camp to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and one of the best perks of a quite night away from it all is the view of the night sky… something we don’t see in our lit neighborhoods. Even if you’re not crazy about astronomy like my husband, you look up in wonder at the millions of tiny lights flickering above you. Next time you’re under the stars, try this app and see how many constellations you can find with it’s location based overlays of the night sky. Just lay down, point your iPhone at the sky and be amazed!