Summer is here, and if you’re anything like me, chances are you’re going to pack up your cooler, air out your moldy tent and sleeping bags, slather yourself in bug spray and hit the great outdoors for a little R & R.
Yes, nothing says “summer” quite like camping. Of course, setting up your tent (or parking your RV, if you’re a total city slicker) can also be a bit of a bummer sometimes, what with the unpredictable weather, wild animals and bloodthirsty mosquitos. At Corel, we’ve got some awesome apps (a couple of which you can even use on your summer vacation). Which is why I thought: Why not track down a few other awesome smartphone apps that will help ensure your next camping trip goes down smoother than a fire-roasted s’more.
The Top 5 Summer Camping Apps
A good flashlight is probably the most important thing you’ll need while camping (after toilet paper, of course – sorry, there’s no app for that). After all, there’s nothing worse than stumbling around in the middle of the night trying to find the little camper’s room. The good news is that instead of carrying a clunky flashlight around with you, you can simply download one on your smartphone. There are a couple of really great FREE flashlight apps, including Flashlight for the iPhone and Free Light for Android phones.
Nothing is quite as enjoyable as a nice, long hike in the woods. Of course, if you’re not careful it’s easy to get lost, at which point you could get mauled by a bear, chased by the Blair Witch or – if you run out of Doritos – forced to eat your own family. Fortunately, you can avoid such a grizzly (see what I did there?) fate, with a helpful GPS app. The best part is that GPS is almost everywhere these days, meaning you can probably figure out where you are, even if you’re stuck in the middle of nowhere. There are a couple of great FREE apps, including Location Tracking GPS Kit for the iPhone and GPS Essentials for Android, both of which will ensure you don’t get lost and end up in a total Lord of the Flies situation.
Nothing is worse than arriving at your campsite only to discover that you’re missing vital, life-saving camping supplies (like beer, sleeping bags, matches, beer and beer). Fortunately, there are a couple of great apps that will ensure you don’t miss a thing while putting together your camping gear. Camping List Pro+ for iPhone and Camp Checklist for Android are both $0.99 to download, but that’s a small price to pay to ensure you only pack just what you need (i.e. beer).
One of the great things about camping is spotting the countless unique wildlife around you. That’s where Project Noah comes in. It’s a handy app that identifies plants and animals from photos that you snap on your smartphone. You can then tag the location in which the photo was taken, learn more about what you’ve just photographed and search for other plants and animals in your area. Best of all, the app is constantly updated by wildlife researches and other users around the world. It’s available free for both iTunes and Android, letting you confirm whether that weird, blurry object in the distance is a squirrel, tree stump or Big Foot.
For a true camping enthusiast, nothing beats sleeping under the stars, with the great outdoors offering a crystal clear view of the night sky that you just can’t get in the big city. Fortunately, for amateur astronomers, there’s a number of great apps out there that can help you identify exactly what you’re looking up at. Two really solid apps are Sky Map for Android and Star & Planet Finder for the iPhone. Both are completely free, and perfect for campers who don’t know their Big Dipper from their Uranus.
Are you planning on camping this summer? Tell us where and be sure to post your camping photos below!