With spring just around the corner and camping season set to take off again in 2015, we wanted to take a look at something that is becoming increasingly popular with everyone from casual campers to seasoned experts – technology. More specifically, the very best apps for campers.
Got a question about camping? Chances are that there’s going to be an app for that. You’ll find everything from campsite locators and outdoor recipe guides to survival checklists and astronomy guides in the App Store. So, while some might say that technology distracts from the beauty of the countryside, we are firm believers that if used in the right way, apps can enrich the whole experience of camping.
Campr Beautiful Camping
This is one of our favourite apps for learning more about some of the spectacular campsites that the UK has to offer. Campr Beautiful Camping offers an interactive guide with 360° panoramas and incredible photography of the most beautiful campsites in Devon & Cornwall, East Anglia, The Peak District and North West and South Wales.
If you’re thinking about a camping holiday in any of these regions, this app is certainly worth downloading.
SAS Survival Guide
This app, which has both lite and paid versions available, gives some great insight into the elite training and survival techniques employed be one of the toughest fighting forces in the world – the SAS.
Now we’re not saying that this needs to turn every camping trip into a fight for survival, but learning more about how the wilderness can be utilised for survival techniques is very interesting, and well documented in this app.
Written and compiled by former SAS soldier and instructor, John “Lofty” Wiseman, this is a great app for anyone interested in outdoor survival.
If sites like Facebook and Twitter weren’t enough, Yonder acts as a sort of social network for those who love the great outdoors.
You can discover thousands of great things to do in the outdoors near to where you are, including places to kayak, rock climb, mountain bike and more. You can keep up to date with skiiers, climbers and the like and then share your own adventures through photos and videos.
If you’re on a camping trip and wondering what to do and where to go, then Yonder is a life saver.
Looking for something fun to do with the kids? Try downloading Leafsnap, which can help you identify a whole host of flowers, trees and other greenery around the campsite or out on a walk.
Most of the species on there are US-focused but there are still plenty of UK plants and trees to identify too.
SkyView – Explore the Universe
One of the very best things about camping is escaping from areas of light pollution and being able to appreciate the stunning beauty of a clear night sky. Thanks to the SkyView app, you can learn all about the constellations, identify stars and even spot satellites.
If you’re camping with the kids, this app is very informative, educational and engaging for them. All you have to do is point your phone at the sky and it will instantly pull through information on the stars.
Are there any apps that you use that you use when you go camping?
Last modified: August 19, 2016