When you’re planning a day of hiking or spending the weekend camping, consider some of these new amazing apps. With an iPhone in your pocket a weekend spent in the great outdoors is nothing like it was when you were a kid. Go grab your camping tent and sleeping bag and see what the world of apps has in store for you.
Audubon Birds Pro
For the bird watcher with a list, this app will help you find them all. It comes with the current AOU Checklist of North American Birds and covers more than 821 species. The app even includes detailed descriptions and photographs in case you are not sure. The unique sounds of different birds are also included to help you identify songs and calls. Migratory maps and updated sightings help to pinpoint which birds may be entering your path. Audobon also makes other outdoorsy apps to help identify everything from bugs to trees.
This is a free app that lets you document all of your sightings while out hiking. There is a share option to connect with others who are using the same app. What makes this one unique is that you can take and upload your own pics and tag them for submission. If you want to add some excitement to your hike there’s also a “Field Missions” section where you are asked to find data for a certain project. If you do go on a mission, make sure to carry a compass in your backpacking backpack. These could take you far into the wilderness.
SAS Survival Guide
SAA is a regiment of the British Army known as The Special Air Service. Their app gives you survival tips for being in the wilderness. If you are new to hiking and looking for something that could save your life, this is the app for you. This app combines over 400 pages of text with survival videos, photos, and a crash course in morse code. There is also a compass device, unique first aid tips for the wilderness, and a quiz to make sure you got all that down. This is a well designed chock full of top quality useful information. Whether you are hiking or camping this app will definitely come in handy.
This is a complete list of over 17,000 campgrounds and RV parks across the U.S. With a number of filters you can find the perfect spot to pitch your camping tent, at a site that has all of the amenities you want. The app gives detailed and up to date information, photos, and reviews for each campsite that it contains. It is even connected with Google Maps making finding your destination easy. All you need is your sleeping bag and tent along with this app to be well on the way to a campsite you and your family will love.
Even though it is relatively new technology, there will be a day when living without apps would seem impossible. As new ones like these and other outdoor related apps become more widely available, you are going to see a resurgence of interest in enjoying the outdoors.