Taking to the woods, experiencing mother nature, becoming one with the great outdoors, escaping the real world for a relaxing camping trip…all great excuses to unplug from the digital world for if only a weekend, right?
Well, actually, maybe not.
In this day and age, our addiction to technology, screens and all-things social media have completely taken over the way we live our everyday lives, even on a camping trip. But to be completely honest, there’s really no reason that a phone, tablet or iPad can’t enhance your outdoor experience if you think about it.
These handy gadgets have become a way to provide information, resources, maps, to-do lists, fitness tracking, first aid info, and hey, of course some great Instagram material, am I right?
So, the next time you’re planning your upcoming camping excursion, you should really consider these fine apps and smartphone accessories.
Stay Connected While You’re Disconnected
It’s safe to assume that your desired campground is amply removed from civilization – or at the very least, steady cellular connectivity.
So, to plan ahead, you should make sure that all of your apps and data are saved locally on your phone before you take to the woods.
Firstly, Google Maps. Find your campsite, bring up the data and tap on the three dots in the top-righthand corner to “save offline.” Next, check out to see if your campground has their own app for you to download. If not, then brochures can be easily downloaded. Now, you’ve just seamlessly saved valuable information like hours, activities and trail maps.
But hey, let’s be realistic – you won’t be in the woods the entire time. When you’re exploring a new area, TripAdvisor, Yelp and AllTrails are all useful in planning ahead of time, or even scouting out spur-of-the-moment adventures.
If you don’t already have a first aid app installed, start downloading one now. Though nobody wants to anticipate any emergencies, injuries or incidents, it’s only prudent to be prepared.
American Red Cross First Aid has it all from CPR to treating burns and cuts. It truly is a go-to resource for all-things first-aid. While you’ll want to pack your own first-aid kit just in case, it’s useful to have this app so you can be prepared for anything.
Feel the burn! (Not from the campfire…)
You’re going to be moving around a lot regardless on your camping trip, but for those of you who like to make the most of it by hiking, biking, swimming, canoeing and doing all-things adventure, you can now easily track your fitness with some new apps.
The Endomondo app basically is built for cyclists and hikers. With a route planner, you can easily find appropriate trails based on your fitness level. Runtastic Pro is also pretty popular for the same reasons.
Jawbone UP3 can be found especially useful for hikers. It keeps tabs on how much ground is covered daily, how well (or poorly) you sleep and more.
And of course, social media…
This blog just wouldn’t be complete without any mention of some cool social media apps you can use on your camping trip.
They’re all super quick and easy to use, each of them allowing you the opportunity to encapsulate your outings.