Going camping is a great way to get away from it all, whether you're in a tent or an RV, in a park or the wilderness -- it's great to be self-contained and self-reliant, even if only for the weekend. These cool apps will help you do everything from planning your trip, to learning knots and safety, to finding hikes and tracking your coordinates once you're out in the fresh air.
- Park and Campsite Finder - When seeking a place to stay, try AllStays Camp & RV ($3.99, Android). OhRanger! Park Finder (free, Apple) is another good bet for planning your trip based around the activities you want to do.
- Trails and GPS - For Android, BackCountry Navigator (free, $9.99 pro) comes highly recommended for its ability to use offline maps and GPS. Try Gaia GPS (free, $12.99 pro) for the Apple equivalent.
- Cooking, Survival and Knots - The Classic Camping Cookbook and Meal Planner (free) from Apple has everything you need to get started on a grill, open flame or camp stove, while the Knot Guide (free) will teach you knot tying with clear, concise instructions. Try 101 Camping Recipes ($1.99) for Android phones, which downloads recipes in PDF, or WhatKnot ($6.16) to become a rope-tying expert.
Don't forget - a lot of state and national parks have their own dedicated apps, with trails and special tips. Check them out before you hop in the car and be prepared!
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