Apps for your outdoor life

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Apps for your outdoor life
Apps for your outdoor life

Outdoor and camping apps are abundant these days.  Apps for packing, planning, reserving, and even campfire stories are just a download away.  It's easy to get lost in the options - both Apple and Android.  We've already talked about a few of our favorites - the KOA app, Instagram and Yonder.  Today we're going to go explore a few more of our favorites.

But what are the best apps?  Well, that depends on what you're looking for?

EXPLORE

The nature lover will enjoy the National Parks App by National Geographic - where you can explore 25 of America's National Parks from your iPad or iPhone including information on visiting, maps and photos galore.  Each of the park guides is only a few dollars more in the in-app purchases and it's worth every penny.

Apps for your outdoor life
Apps for your outdoor life

• Global and interactive map views with filtering by activity and seasonality • Personalized user space to track your favorite parks, activities, itineraries, photos, and more • Thousands of points of interest, all tagged with GPS coordinates for easy planning and locating • The top must-sees and must-dos for each park, curated by National Geographic editors • Stunning photo galleries for each park, plus rare vintage images from the National Geographic Archive • Photo tips from National Geographic photographers • Sharing through Facebook, email, and Twitter • Collectible park stamps • And much, much more!

Apps for your outdoor life
Apps for your outdoor life

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Or Yonder - where you can explore where others have been.  I think the best part of this app is being able to search by area and explore an area that you are thinking of visiting or even going down memory lane of one of your favorite places.  More info and download links here.

Apps for your outdoor life
Apps for your outdoor life

I love Yonder, it's so easy to get lost in all the amazing nature pictures.

PLAN

If you're looking for apps to plan your next camping trip then I am sure you have heard ofAllstays by now.

The #1 Selling, #1 Ranked, #1 Reviewed Camping App for over 59 Months

The ultimate camping app that lets you find Campgrounds, RV Parks and related services with or without internet. Extensive map filters let you view only what you want to see.

Now into it's fifth year, the most popular camping app gets better all year. It is the revolutionary app that lets you find and filter places and services with or without internet. From resorts to parking lots, extensive filters help you find exactly what you want year after year for a one time price & no ads.

Apps for your outdoor life
Apps for your outdoor life

Allstays has just about everything you could be looking for including apps for rest stops and another for RV dumps.  Thankfully they are on both Apple and Android.

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Apps for your outdoor life
Apps for your outdoor life

Another app family that we have just started scratching the surface on is the ParksByNature Pocket Ranger apps - also on Apple and Android these apps are state specific and packed full of features!

Powered by Pocket Ranger® technology, the app gives outdoor enthusiasts an environmentally friendly way to enjoy the parks. It contains everything you need to plan a trip to the state parks, navigate them once you get there, and share your experiences afterward.

Newly added features: •New user interface (UI) with a sleek, more photo-centric home screen design. •Photo galleries on each park description page. •A new Explore feature to optimize search capabilities, allowing a 4-in-1 search by location, activities, category, and site name, making it easier to find the perfect recreational destination.

The app still has rich GPS features, such as:

•Advanced GPS Maps, complete with an accuracy and distance indicator, which allow you to access trail data, record tracks from hikes, runs, or bike rides, and view elapsed time and distance traveled. •Easy-to-cache GPS Terrain Map tiles, which ensure that navigation remains possible in the event of lost mobile reception. •Photo waypoint feature allowing you to snap a photo and mark and record the coordinates of plant life, animal species or landscape views. Post or share these remarkable finds with family and friends with the click of a button. •Friend Finder feature that tracks friends and family around the parks. •Built-in compass. •Potentially life-saving Alert feature that supplies GPS coordinates to designated contacts in case of an emergency.

Other standard features make exploring the great outdoors a breeze:

•Thorough information on all state parks including general policy, contact information, activities, trails, park maps and much more. •Detailed, cacheable maps of park facilities, trails and campgrounds. •Up-to-date news, park advisories and weather information. •Sharing features for sharing current positions, waypoints and recorded tracks via Facebook, Twitter, or email. •A real-time Calendar of Events. •Access to online reservations that make it easy to secure overnight visits. •Plus so much more!

With the Pocket Ranger® in hand, prepare to bask in the vast natural wonders of Nebraska Game & Parks!

•The enhanced pro features on the app are designed to function in areas with little to no mobile reception; however, some of the features require mobile data reception in order to function properly. •Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

Considering they are FREE with no in-app purchases on both platforms, I don't see how you could go wrong with any of these!!

Apps for your outdoor life
Apps for your outdoor life
Apps for your outdoor life
Apps for your outdoor life

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Our other favorite planning app is, of course, the KOA app which we talked about here.

Apps for your outdoor life
Apps for your outdoor life

EXTRAS

Our boys love, I mean seriously LOVE, the Coleman Lantern app.  It's the most simple app that they think is just about the coolest thing around.  You pick your choice of lantern - modern to vintage - and the lantern will brighten or dim with the on-screen control.  And really it's just the screen getting brighter or darker, but our kids just don't seem to care.

Apps for your outdoor life
Apps for your outdoor life

The lantern app is only available on Apple and only for the iPhone or iPod Touch.

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Coleman also has a Classic Camping Cookbook and Meal Planner, to be honest, I've only browsed it, but there were some great ideas.  The boys were begging for the S'Mores burrito of course!  This app is also only available on Apple and only for the iPhone or iPod Touch.

Apps for your outdoor life
Apps for your outdoor life

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Recently I just stumbled upon mosquito repellent apps!  I never would have thought of such a thing, but surprisingly there are 16 choices currently available on the iTunes store!  I am one of those people that a mosquito can locate within a mile and even though I'm a tad skeptical, I'm going to give one of these apps a shot this summer.

Apps for your outdoor life
Apps for your outdoor life

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of outdoor apps out there on Apple and Android.  As the saying goes...there's an app for that!!

So what are your favorite outdoor and camping apps??