Camping Hiking Technology Trip Planning

The Best Apps for Camping & Hiking

Do you find yourself getting cabin fever? Are you wanting to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air? Well, preparing for your next camping trip or hike in ANY season has never been easier or more exciting with these handy smartphone apps.



AllTrails

  • Access to over 50,000 trail maps.
  • Connects to your maps to give you driving directions to the trailheads.
  • Map your next hike by those nearest to you, difficulty, length, time, and rating by other AllTrails users.
  • Filter to find the trail that’s perfect for you such as: dog-friendly, kid-friendly, and great views to name a few!
  • Save your favorite trails or ones you’d like to explore for easy access.

Cost: FREE


PeakFinder Earth

  • Shows the names of mountains and peaks with a 360° panoramic view.
  • Uses GPS & Compass to help find coordinates and the peaks around you.
  • Works offline and worldwide.
  • Access to over 250,000 peak names.

Cost: $3.99



First Aid by Red Cross &
Pet First Aid by Red Cross

  • Instant access to information on handling common first aid emergencies.
  • Be prepared for weather-related issues that could arise.
  • Find the nearest hospitals for severe emergencies.
  • Be prepared for pet emergencies and learn how to treat and handle common issues.
  • Find pet-friendly hotels, tips on traveling with your pet, and training tips.

Cost: FREE

Looking for tips on how to build you own first aid kit? Check out this post.



MapMyHike

  • Track and map your hike workouts – for every mile you’ll get feedback on how to improve performance.
  • Receive stats on your hike including pace, duration, distance, calories burned, elevation, and more.
  • Set personal goals to help you improve your workouts and choose from over 600 different sports/activities.

Cost: FREE



GoTenna

  • Send and receive text messages without internet access.
  • Share your GPS location on detailed offline maps even without service.
  • Encrypted 1-to-1 & group messaging.
  • “Shout” broadcasts for anyone within range for emergency situations.

Cost: FREE
Must have GoTenna devices to use the app.
Cost of devices: $149



Yonder

  • One of our favorite apps! Yonder features over 20,000 destinations worldwide.
  • Gather new ideas and experiences from other people in the Yonder community.
  • Discover thousands of geo-located images and videos from around the globe.
  • Upload your own ideas and adventures to inspire others while saving your favorites.

Cost: FREE



ParkFinder

  • Find the parks closest to you with activities you want to do.
  • A huge database of national parks, state parks, local parks, and federal public in in America.
  • Includes park overviews, activities and descriptions, maps and directions, lodging information, nearby attractions, and weather/seasonality.

Cost: FREE



RecGovCamp

  • Find available campsites at National Parks, forests, and other Federal Recreation facilities.
  • Filter by type of site, equipment length, hook-ups, driveway, waterfront, pet-friendly, accessible needs.
  • Gives campground details including photos and driving directions.
  • Reserve your selected campsite on the recreation.gov website.

Cost: FREE


 
Spyglass

  • Sophisticated tool to find your way around areas with no obvious maps or checkpoints.
  • GPS Toolkit for outdoors and off-road navigation.
  • Features include: high-quality compass with map overlays, gyrocompass, speedometer, altimeter, angular calculator and more

Cost: $3.99 (on sale)


 
National Parks by National Geographic

  • Contains interactive guides to 25 of America’s most visited national parks.
  • Free photo galleries, visitor information, and maps.
  • Each guide contains all of the information you need to know in order to plan your trip!

Cost: FREE



Sky Guide

  • Study thousands of stars, comets, and satellites.
  • Easily see what constellations are above you as you star gaze.
  • Receive information about specific planets, constellations, and stars.
  • Get notifications about upcoming astronomical events and more.

Cost: $2.99


 
What Knot To Do

  • Learn to tie the perfect knots for fishing, sailing, backpacking, hunting, building a shelter, and more.
  • Access to over 70 must know knots in six categories.
  • Step-by-step tying instructions and illustrations to meet any outdoor and safety need.

Cost: FREE



MyNature Animal Tracks

  • Database with 7 search-able track categories and 5 search-able categories for scat.
  • Fully illustrated by size and shape for quick identification.
  • Full color digital images of tracks, scat, and animals.
  • Sound files for identifying animal vocalizations.
  • No wireless connection needed.

Cost: $1.99



Coleman® Campfire Tales

  • Collection of scary stories to read around the campfire.
  • Categories for kids, teens, and adults.
  • Stores even have sound effects to make these spooky tales creepier!

Cost: FREE


Are you ready to take your next trek or camping trip? What are some of the apps you use to make exploring the outdoors easier?

 

 

 

 


 

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36 Comments

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    Hang Around The World
    December 18, 2016 at 12:09 PM

    We use some of the apps you suggested in your helpful article. We are in love with AllTrails because we love the way it drives directions to the trailheads. We have to download the others. What’s your favorite one?

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      kallsypage
      December 28, 2016 at 9:01 PM

      AllTrails is definitely our favorite but we also love Sky Guide for fun and of course First Aid is extremely helpful as well! Let us know what you think about some of the others. 🙂

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    youngandundecided
    December 18, 2016 at 3:34 PM

    Amazing! Thank you so much for your suggestions – so helpful that you explain each apps features 🙂 Pinning to reference 🙂

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      kallsypage
      December 28, 2016 at 9:02 PM

      Glad you found this helpful! Let us know what you think if you end up trying any. 🙂

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    SiennyLovesDrawing
    December 18, 2016 at 5:25 PM

    Wow! I love to hike too 😉 We share similar passion, love hiking! Am saving your post & I wanna to check out all of them in the list shared by you above. Am sure the apps would be definitely helpful for us who love to hike. Cheers, SiennyLovesDrawing

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      kallsypage
      December 28, 2016 at 9:07 PM

      So glad to hear that you also have a passion for the outdoors! I hope you find these apps as useful as we do! 🙂

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    Paula - Gone with the Wine
    December 18, 2016 at 9:05 PM

    Very good resources! I love hiking but now that we have a 4 year old, we rarely get to do longer hikes anymore. We loved hiking with a baby in a carrier, but now it’s hard. Being in the nature is amazing.

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      kallsypage
      December 28, 2016 at 9:08 PM

      I can definitely see why! We have seen many people on the trails with babies or small toddlers and I don’t know how you (or they) do it! Someday I will need some tips from you. 🙂

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    Hendrik
    December 19, 2016 at 8:16 AM

    Really cool overview of actual existing apps! Are there some of them that you can strongly recommend, especially the ones that cost? The sky guide sounds really cool, would like to try this out.
    Cheers and thanks for sharing!

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      kallsypage
      December 28, 2016 at 9:13 PM

      I would say that Sky Guide is one that is definitely worth purchasing if you love laying outdoors or looking at stars. It gives you quite a bit of information! 🙂 AllTrails is our personal favorite and it’s free!

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    CreativeTravelGuide (@CTGTravelGuide)
    December 19, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    Thanks for sharing so many great apps! I am to a massive hiker but some of these will come in handy on our adventures around the world!

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    Trippin' Turpins
    December 20, 2016 at 2:05 AM

    WOW! So many I hadn’t heard of. Great post. I love the camp fire stories…

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      kallsypage
      December 28, 2016 at 9:14 PM

      Campfire Stories is cheesy but so fun when sitting around the bonfire! 🙂 Thank you for reading!

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    Christina
    December 20, 2016 at 2:15 AM

    I like the idea of being able to see that 360° panorama before, maybe also to decide between different tracks. Or following the stars. And the campfire tales! Sigh. The thoughts alone make me wanna go right now. Too bad though that many are focused on the US, will have to research some for my areas of interest 🙂 Cheers!

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      kallsypage
      December 28, 2016 at 8:31 PM

      We love all of the free ones but some of the purchased ones we’ve used quite a bit too! I’m not sure if you are able to use some of these in other countries but I would assume that many are global or have global versions! 🙂 Thank you!

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    Victoria
    December 20, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    Holy moly there are SO MANY good tips here!!!!!!!!

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      kallsypage
      December 28, 2016 at 8:32 PM

      Thank you Victoria! We love using these in the great outdoors. 🙂

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    Alexis
    December 20, 2016 at 11:23 AM

    If I can ever convince Bertaut to go camping I’d love to try some of the camping apps 😂 In the meantime, we love hiking and National Parks so those apps will come in very handy! Great tips, thanks!

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      kallsypage
      December 28, 2016 at 8:34 PM

      There is always “glamping”! We will try it out sometime and let you know the difference. However, an RV is also a nice choice. 🙂 Thanks for reading!

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    Gemma Two Scots (@TwoScotsAbroad)
    December 21, 2016 at 3:52 PM

    Craig loves the Sky guide! Such a useful post. Your site is looking neat!

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      kallsypage
      December 28, 2016 at 8:39 PM

      We love it too! Thank you Gemma – we’ve been vamping it up a bit lately. 🙂

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    utravelshare
    December 21, 2016 at 4:17 PM

    Wow, wonderful post and really helpful for every traveller! I loveeee camping and I do it in every single journey!! Thanks for sharing it, 😀

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      kallsypage
      December 28, 2016 at 8:40 PM

      Thank you so much! We love these apps and are always looking for more. Glad you found this useful!

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    Agnes
    December 22, 2016 at 7:26 AM

    Nice list. I have not heard of these apps before. I have a similar one to the sky guide, though. And the First Aid one is very useful doesn’t matter where you are. Will download it right away!

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      kallsypage
      December 28, 2016 at 8:41 PM

      Glad you found this post useful! There are so many great apps out there. 🙂 The First Aid one is definitely a must!

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    whisperwanderlust
    December 24, 2016 at 9:13 AM

    Although I’m not a big fan of camping, these apps are definitely useful for any traveler. I must admit, I’ve never heard of them, except Sky Guide. It’s also great that most of them are free 🙂

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      kallsypage
      December 28, 2016 at 8:42 PM

      I can definitely see many of these being great for any traveler! We obviously love the free ones but the paid ones are great for specific purposes too. 🙂

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    Wanderlust Vegans
    December 24, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    I’ve never heard of any of these apps but the all sound awesome and helpful. I’ll be sure to give these a try next camping trip. I like how even the scary stories are covered by an app.

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      kallsypage
      December 28, 2016 at 8:43 PM

      Let us know what you think when you use them! The scary stories are a tad cheesy but fun for those late night bonfires. 🙂

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    kallsypage
    December 28, 2016 at 9:13 PM

    Glad you found this helpful! Many of them have proven themselves time and time again for us so we were happy to share these tips to others. 🙂

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    Mike - Travel and Destinations
    January 17, 2017 at 6:03 AM

    Super helpful post. I have pinned this for when I next plan some hikes.

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    Brooke
    May 8, 2017 at 9:13 AM

    great list! I used All Trails and map my hike but the rest are new to me. I would definitely use the park finder app and I think the emergency broadcast option is amazing! Technology has brought us so far!

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      Kallsy Page
      May 14, 2017 at 11:23 PM

      I am right there with you! Technology has improved many aspects of travel.

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