Top 5 Best Free Camping Apps for iPhone
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Top 5 Best Free Camping Apps for iPhone

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Summer is the perfect time for hiking and camping. The sun stays out later, the weather is warm enough to sleep in and flowers are blooming everywhere. There aren’t phone chargers in the woods, but that doesn’t mean you can’t download a few apps to help you find your way. Look up quick meals to make over a fire, get all the information you need about national parks and find survival tips just in case.

 


1. Classic Camping Cookbook

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One of the most difficult parts of camping is finding things more exciting to eat than beans. Coleman created an app to make the camping cook more inspired. You can search for recipes by equipment, time of day or ingredient. You’ll find directions on how to prep the food at home, and then what equipment you’ll need to cook at the campsite. The app even comes with a meal planner that allows you to add the number of people you’re cooking for and the equipment you have on hand. You’ll find out what you need to bring and prep before you leave.

Pros:

  • Search by the equipment you have
  • Get a list of what to bring and prep
  • Plan your meals before you leave

Cons:

  • Can be hard to navigate
  • Can’t print out recipes
  • Can’t generate a shopping list

Download for iPhone here.


2. Yonder

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Finding a new hiking or camping spot can be difficult. You don’t know what amenities you’ll find or the length of the hike. Yonder makes it easy to discover something new. Put in your location and the app will bring up spots near you Yonder users have reviewed. See photos, read tips and see lengths of trails all uploaded by hikers just like you. Search by different activities like biking, fishing and bird watching, and the app will find the best places to do all three of those activities at once. Post comments and update information once you’ve visited an area yourself.

Pros:

  • Look at photos of trails and campsites near you
  • Get tips on what to see and find
  • Search by interests

Cons:

  • Doesn’t include all trails
  • Have to log in to use
  • Sometimes location services don’t work

Download for iPhone here.


3. Survival Guide

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A big part of doing things in the outdoors is keeping safe. There can be many things that you don’t expect to run into and don’t know how to protect yourself from. Download Survival Guide and know how to protect yourself from certain situations. The app works like an ebook with chapters on poisonous plants, water procurement and tropical survival. Read up before you head into the wilderness or refer to it in a pinch. You may not be Tom Hanks in Castaway, but you will be more prepared in an emergency.

Pros:

  • Separated by subject
  • Includes illustrations and descriptions
  • Has information about different situations

Cons:

  • Has ads
  • Can be hard to read certain passages
  • Can’t share information

Download for iPhone here.


4. Oh, Ranger!

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Carry your personal Park Ranger right in your pocket with Oh, Ranger! Find parks near you based on your favorite activities and read reviews from other users. Find the perfect place to bring a family for a picnic or take a hike alone. Each profile includes reviews, a rating and a link to the website. There you can find fees and car information, or call for more information. Upload photos of your favorite spots or check in so you don’t forget where the best place to go biking is.

Pros:

  • Search for parks based on certain activities
  • Connect to the website
  • Write a review

Cons:

  • Has ads
  • Can be hard to navigate
  • Can be hard to use location services

Download for iPhone here.


5. National Parks

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Visit all the national parks with this app by National Geographic. Look at photos, read descriptions, reviews and mark the ones you’ve seen. Complete your Parks passport by getting a stamp for every visit you make. Look at beautiful National Geographic grade photos and see just how to plan your trip by reading about the amenities each park has. So far it only covers 28 parks but is adding more all the time, so keep an eye out for the one year you. Make an itinerary of your stay so you don’t miss an activity.

Pros:

  • Look at beautiful professional photos
  • Read about each park
  • Keep track of your park passport

Cons:

  • Has ads
  • Doesn’t include every national park yet
  • Doesn’t work very well without Wifi

Download for iPhone here.

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daydreamer

I would also recommend Commander Compass Lite – it’s a great navigational toolkit for different purposes. It’s top-notch for off-road and on-road navigation, hiking and traveling. It’s crammed with all that necessary data like gps coordinates, current azimuth, altitude, speed, potential arrival time to your target and much more. It can read pre-downloaded maps later when offline and provides you with extremely precise information.

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