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Ultimate List of Camping Websites and Apps

Ultimate List of Camping Websites and Apps

A fun camping adventure can take you away from the crazy urban life. Camping in the wild is an awesome experience, as long as you have all the essential information and requisite gear. It is almost annoying trying to find resources, articles and websites to gather the right info. Because I know how it feels, here’s a list of the best camping apps and websites, which will get you started right away!

Preparing your trip

Before you start your trip, it is always wise to make sure you are 100% ready with the proper gear. Also, camping is much more pleasurable when you are organized. Here are the top apps for preparing for you next trip.

  • Camping Checklist For Android

Type: App

Credits Google Play Store

Price: Free, no in-app purchases

 

With numerous checklist templates, Camping Checklist allows to share reminders, checklists and everything else on your phone. It also works without a connexion, offering features like managing tasks, marketing important things and much more.

Camping Checklist is a free to do list management app with which you can easily sync your life across devices and with your friends, family and colleagues. It is 100% Free with no in-app purchases or monthly pro versions. Camping Checklist on Google Play

Make sure you read and download my ultimate camping checklist here!

  • Clear on iOS

Type: App

Credits App Store

Price: $4.99

 

While this is not a camping app by definition, Clear is the perfect reminder app that allows to keep things simple and effective with easy reminders. The app has a clear interface, making it an apt choice. I use personally to make sure I always keep track of my gear.

Clear is the revolutionary to-do and reminders app that makes you more productive. It’s as easy to use as pen and paper, and once you start organising your life with Clear you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it. Clear on iTunes

 

  • Camp & Hike Checklist for iOS

Type: App

Credits App Store

Price: $0.99

 

If you are looking for a specific app, Camp & Hike Checklist is the one you need. You can make master lists, personal lists and trip lists, and each list is filled with few common essentials. You can even share lists with friends. A great app.

Camp & Hike provides a easy to use checklist building process for managing Hikes or Campouts. I know … I know… another checklist program! I think you may like this apps approach. Now this app supports formatted checklists for Ultralight Backpacking. Camp & Hike Checklist on iTunes

Finding A List Of Parks In US For Camping

One of the essential aspects of camping is to find the right campgrounds. Thankfully, we have some amazing options in the US with diverse landscapes, which can be chosen according to your preference. Check these cool apps for finding easy park locations and your next destination.

  • Americas State Parks

Type: Website

Official website: http://www.americasstateparks.org/

Credits America State Parks

This website offers pretty much everything you want to know. Apart from custom search, you can even find campsites by state, which is a great feature.

 

America’s State Parks helps capture the collective strength and importance of the great park systems developed in the 50 states. With over 7,000 units and more than 720 million visits, America’s State Parks works to enhance the American quality of life. NASPD board members representing each region of the country initially governed the America’s State Parks alliance. Americas State Parks

 

  • National Parks by Chimani

Type: App

Available:iOS and Android

Price: Free

 

National Parks by Chimani allows you to plan national park adventures like never before, with plenty of tips and pieces of advice. Recently, the app included trip planning tools, and you will find information on 400 US national parks. I personally use it and recommend it to everyone serious about camping.

 

  • Camp USA

Type: App

Available on Android

Credits Google Play Store

Price: Free

 

The app is the ultimate thing you need to find campgrounds sorted by name, state and location. You can find the profiles of more than 150 campgrounds, and can even book your site in advance. That’s pretty cool for a complete app.

The NEW Camp USA app allows you to quickly research and book your stay at more than 170 Encore and Thousand Trails RV resorts & campgrounds nationwide.We offer full hook up sites that accommodate a wide variety of RVs, as well as tent sites and rental accommodations like cabins, cottages and yurts. Camp USA on Google Play

 

Finding A List Of Parks In Australia For Camping

Australia is known for its amazing landscapes and beautiful weather, and there is quite some fun awaiting backpackers, adventure seekers and campers. Here is a list of apps and website that can come handy.

  • Find A Camp

Type: Website

Official website: http://www.findacamp.com.au/

Price: NA

 

The website offers plenty of information on camping sites in the land down under, and you can choose locations based on distance from your current city or town. The site is also updated regularly for extra information, so there’s a lot to find.

 

  • WikiCamps Australia

Type: Website, App

Available on: iOS, Android

Price:$7.99

 

Having traveled the land of crocs and kangaroos myself, I can tell you this app is a must! WikiCamps Australia is a paid app, and they also have a website. The app is awesome and will save you a lot of time and cash. Many great features available and it offers a lot to be explored, especially for the fact that it works offline with all the content always accessible. There are 21,000 listings already and the people behind it are great folks!

 

With the largest and most up-to-date database of campgrounds, caravan parks, backpacker hostels, day use area, points of interest, information centres and public dump points you’re sure to find what you’re looking for. The database is kept up-to-date by users just like yourself, so it is forever growing and always being updated with the latest information. Wiki Camps

Man vs Wild

 

Finding A List Of Parks In UK For Camping

If you are in UK, the camping site search will get easier with the following apps and websites. Please do visit the individual apps and sites to find more detailed information regarding their services.

  • UK Camp Site

Type: Website

Price: NA

Official website: http://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/

This isn’t a standalone site, but it offers pretty much everything you would be looking for in UK. Apart from 175,000 independent reviews and counting, the site also offers links to other useful resources, so that you can find all the details you’re after. You can search for campsites based on county (few European countries available), town, postcode and name, making things pretty easy. The website might not be friendly at all nor good looking, but it does the job is you’re a true camper!

 

Finding A List Of Parks In Europe For Camping

Stunning locales, incredible beauty of nature and unparalleled diversity, Europe offers the ultimate option for campers. There are plenty of sites, across the continent, offering something for every kind of interest. Check the information below for a quick camp search.

  • PitchUP

Type: Website and Android

Credits Google Play Store

Price: Free/NA

 

If you are looking for something in Europe, PitchUp is the perfect website to check for reviews and book camp spots. Their services expands to UK and even the USA, and you will find reviews of over 7,000 holiday sites and camp parks.

 

Weather Apps

Camping and other outdoor adventures are dependant on the weather, and a smart camper always keeps a few apps handy to find current and updated weather information. Regardless if you are a pro or a newbie looking, these apps are must haves.

  • Yahoo! Weather

Type: App

Credits App Store

Price: Free

Available for: iOS and Android

 

Simple, easy and every effective, Yahoo! Weather is a complete app for weather information. There is support for numerous languages, and the app offers accurate forecasts and stunning pictures. All in all, if there has to be one app for weather on your mobile, this is the one.

The beautiful Yahoo Weather (Android, iOS) app boasts a gorgeous interface that is both informative and striking. The app displays images of your location with matching time of day and weather conditions, with the option to view detailed five-day forecasts, as well as interactive radar, heat and satellite maps. Tom’s Guide

 

  • YoWindow

Type: App

Credits YoWindow App

Price: Free

Available for: iOS and Android

 

If you like real animations and want weather presentations to be very fun, this is the app you need. The app is free for download and offers true astronomical calculations. The pictures in the background offers real feel of the weather in your city or area.

YoWindow is the new generation of weather program.The magic of YoWindow is the living landscape that reflects actual weather.Original YoWindow is the #1 weather program on CNET’s download.com. YoWindow

 

  • Weather Underground

Type: App

Credits Google Play Store

Price: Free

Available for: iOS and Android

On camping trips, you will feel like a weather geek, and that’s when you need this app. Apart from alerts and weather details, you get accurate hyper-local weather forecasts, which is a great reason to own this one. This is my personal go to app!

Weather Underground is a darling among weather geeks, using its network of personal weather stations to supplement the weather data the other guys draw from. That community aspect even makes its way into the Android app, letting users submit their own weather observations with just a few taps. PC Mag

 

  • AccuWeather

Type: App

Credits App Store

Price: Free

Available for: iOS and Android

 

AccuWeather is a charming app, although they work on a new interface and design elements, especially for the Android version… Nevertheless, the app is an accurate one for weather forecasts, and you can even get 15-day forecasts along with forecasts for next couple of hours. For more details, you can check their official website.

AccuWeather.com, the iPhone and iPod touch offering from the granddaddy of weather forecasters, is timely and appears as accurate as the other top weather apps for Apple’s mobile devices. It also sports a clean, intuitive interface and an elegant design that’s easy on the eyes. MacWorld

Boating Information

Camping is not just about staying in the wild, but it is more about exploring and adventure. Of course, for many people, boating is an enjoyable activity. Check this website that can help in planning your cruise or fishing adventure.

Current data typically are recorded at 15- to 60-minute intervals, stored onsite, and then transmitted to USGS offices every 1 to 4 hours, depending on the data relay technique used. Recording and transmission times may be more frequent during critical events. Official website

Star Gazing Apps

What can be more fun than watching the stars, planets and the night sky in the wild? What you need is a list of star gazing apps, and I have compiled the best ones right below.

Love camping under the stars?

  • Star Walk

Type: App

Credits App Store

Price: $2.99

Available for: iOS

 

Star Walk is one of the best apps out there, it helps you find the celestial objects in the sky, just by pointing your phone (uses the accelerometer). This is paid app for sure, but if you love camping and stargazing, this one is a must have. You can also see the list of upcoming celestial events which is a really good feature.

Like the original, Star Walk 2 works by pointing it at the sky to get a real-time view of celestial bodies. As you move it around the app constantly adjusts to show what is out there beyond Earth. MacWorld

 

  • Sky Map

Type: App

Price: Free

Available for: Android

 

Take the best app with you on Android on a campsite! While this may not be the best app out there, Sky Map is free and offers a great way to watch constellations.

Without all the bells and whistles of the other apps, and being a much smaller download, this could be a better app for devices with more limited hardware, but be aware that you’ll need an internal compass and GPS for the automatic viewing to work. MakeUseOf

Map Apps

Finding your way in national parks or anywhere unknown is more than crucial. For that, you need the right navigation apps, which can be trusted to find directions and trails. Here are some of the best picks out there keeping the special needs of camping in consideration.

  • BackCountry Navigator TOPO GPS

Type: App

Price: $10

Available for: Android

 

This is the ultimate offline outdoor navigator you need for camping, hiking and everything else. There are plenty of handheld GPS apps out there, but this one works wonders in all ways even for many offbeat locations, with no network coverage. It can be used in the US and many other countries.

 

  • MotionX GPS

Type: App

Credits App Store

Price: $1.99

Available for: iOS

 

The app describes itself to be suitable for “biking, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, running, paddle boarding, sailing, rowing, flying, and geocaching”, and it has been priced at just $1.99.

 

  • GPS Navigation & Maps Sygic

Type: App

Price: Free

Available for: Android

 

If you are looking for a free app, this one should help you find your way on major roads. Available on Android, the app allows you to access TomTom* maps stored on your device, with voice guided directions. All in all, a complete solution for Android users looking for high-end navigation experience. Way better than Google maps trust me…

 

  • ViewRanger GPS – Trails & Maps

Type: App

Credits App Store

Price: Free

Available for: Android and iOS

 

Another free app that’s available for iOS and Android, this app gives you thousands of trail guides, along with topo maps. Also, the integrated navigation system allows you to explore much more than just the backcountry.

 

  • AllTrails – Hiking & Biking

Type: App

Credits Google Play Store

Price: Free

Available for: Android and iOS

 

If you intend to explore North America, this app should suit your navigation needs. The information for 50,000 trails have been compiled by 3 million hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. You can find other useful details like kid-friendly or dog-friendly trails available and so on.

 

Useful tools

While I have listed all the essential apps, there are still a few useful tools that may come handy for camping buffs. Here are the tools, utilities, apps and websites that deserve a mention.

  • Camping Lantern

Type: App

Price: Free

Available for: Android

When you are outdoors, especially at night, you always need a strong andreliable lighting to enjoy the amazing environment, and Camping Lantern offers just that! At the same time, you can turn on the camping lantern with the press of a button, making this app fast and convenient. To top it all, it’s free! Sadly, this one isn’t available for iOS users at the moment.

  • Toilet Finder

Type: App

Credits Google Play Store

Price: Free

Available for: Android

 

Finding a toiler in the jungle or a desert can be a nightmare, but if you are not lost in the middle of nowhere Toilet Finder allows you to locate toilet facilities around you. There are more than 150,000 toilet facilities that can be easily located. Also, this is a free app, users can contribute and share updates. Of course, the app only shows toilet facilities that are free for the public. Note that this app is for the US only.

 

  • Show the loo in Australia

Type: App

Credits App Store

Price: Free

Available for: iOS

 

This app allows you to find and locate toilet facilities in Australia, showers and all kind of public facilities, and it’s free. The app is available for iOS users only.

 

***Alternatively, camping enthusiasts in Australia can also use the website – https://toiletmap.gov.au, which is a government site and allows to find toilets easily.

 

  • Compass for Android

Type: App

Price: Free

Available for: Android

 

Most smartphones do have a compass, which is an absolute necessity for campers and hikers. However, if you don’t have it on your mobile, you can download Compass for Android, which is absolutely free and offers all the functions of a regular compass.

 

  • SAS Survival Guide

Type: App

Credits App Store

Price: $5.99 for iOS and $4 for Android

Available for: Android and iOS

SAS Survival Guide is the ultimate survival guide book, and now it is available as an app for both iOS and Android. The app offers pretty much everything you need to know and given that things can be rather very hard in tough climate situations, which can be the case when trekking or hiking, this is something you should have on your phone. This is a self-contained app, so no network needed, definitely worth a read.

Fun Apps For Camping

If you intend to spend some time enjoying the outdoors, you need at least one fun app. Basically, you need an outdoor recreational activity that can be enjoyed while camping.

  • Geocaching

Type: App

Credits App Store

Price: Free

Available for: Android and iOS

 

Well, if you are keen on a hunting outdoor experience, this free app is all you need. Use the app on your phone to find hidden containers called geocaches in around 185 countries. No matter where you are camping, this is one app that will keep you busy.

Conclusion

Hope you found your complete list of essential apps and information. Next time you plan to out in the wild, there is a lot that you can enjoy with little planning!

And remember it’s all about friendship and good moments!

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Mark Jonson
Mark Jonson
Outdoor enthusiast and rafting addict. From Cleveland Ohio born and raised (GO CAVS). Working for a professional kayaking company located in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Ohio. I am a huge NBA fan and spend the rest of my spare time djing as a hobby.

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