20+ Camping & Outdoor Apps Ideal For The Campsite

Camera Bag 2 App Cool camping apps for the campsite

There are so many ways apps can entertain and assist us in our camping, glamping and outdoor endeavours. We investigated some of the best ones available for the Apple iPhone and iPad, (particularly as these are our own weapons of choice), and we came up with the following recommendations we felt could help to enhance the camping experience for the app generation. (UPDATE: We’ve also found these great smartphone apps for anyone planning to go camping at a music festival this year.)

 

Classic Camping Cookbook and Meal Planner

Developed by Coleman® the Cookout Cookbook & Meal Planner iPhone application helps families prepare meals during the busy summer camping and cook out season. This is high-end luxury camping, or glamping, that allows glampers to find the perfect meal based on food type, category, and ingredients. You can also plan your favourite meal and search for a perfect recipe based on the type of food and ingredients you have. It also allows you to plan meals for an entire camping trip, so it is ideal for large families or campers who simply want to take it easy. All you have to do is choose the number of days you will be camping and let the app do the rest. It will even help you generate shopping and equipment lists so you never forget essential ingredients again.

Knots behind camping apps for the campsite

Knots App

Knot Behind

Want to become an expert in tying knots that would even put even Ray Mears or Bear Grylls to shame? Well look no further. This app shows you how to do bends, binding knots, climbing knots, decorative knots, fishing knots, hitches, lashings, loops, navy seal knots, rope care, sailing knots, scout knots, shortenings, splices, stopper knots and whippings. Phew! Like we said… ideal if you want to become an expert at tying knots.

 

Flashlight

Flashlight uses the LED light on the iPhone to fill the screen with bright white light to illuminate your tent, camper van or caravan. It even includes customisable special effects including: Strobe Light, S.O.S., Yin-Yang, Halloween, Candy Hearts, Holiday Lights, Photos, and many more! This is a really useful app to have at the campsite and is available on Android & Blackberry, but is known to drain your battery so make sure you have a way or recharging it.

 

First Aid

This app includes the latest first aid advice and protocols for dealing with emergency situations. It is simple to follow with illustrated guides and voiced instructions. The app doesn’t replace the benefits of learning first aid on a St John Ambulance course, nor is it as in-depth as a full first aid manual. But when there is an emergency, it will help you to know what to do to in those few crucial moments when basic knowledge of first aid can make the difference. The first aid advice is based solely upon UK protocols but both the UK and European emergency service numbers are provided within the app. Other first aid apps are available for other countries here.

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Camping List App

 

Camping List

This helps avoid the possibility of ever forgetting a camping essential again. It comes with suggested items or you can add your own. So if a pencil and paper aren’t your thing then this app could really help you prepare for a trip.

 

MyNature Animal Tracks

This is a great app to have for the kids that you can use to identify and figure out animal tracks and learn a bit more about that type of animal left them and a bit about their habitat. It mainly uses databases for north USA, and includes illustrations of both fore and hind feet, with a complete description of track measurements, gait patterns used trail widths and animal life cycles. It has gorgeous photos of each individual animal featured together with sound files of the animals vocalisation. Other animal track apps for different countries can be found here.

 

GeoCaching Treasure Hunts

Geocaching is a global treasure hunt. Participants hide and seek hidden physical containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share their adventures online. You can find out more about this incredibly popular treasure hunt at Geocaching. It compatable with Google Maps and allows you to submit comments when you log onto the system. If you are into Geocaching treasure hunts then this is definitely an app for you.

 

CameraBag

This comes highly recommended from us. We all use it, and as the Cult of Mac said… its “Stunningly fantastic … I don’t think I’ve ever seen any photo app quite as elegant and easy to use.”  That says it all! We really can’t say enough good things about this app so we would suggest you go to the link above or simply just buy and try. You won’t be disappointed.

TomTom app for cool camping campsites

TomTom App

 

TomTom Navigator

This is a bit more expensive than most other apps but is a great all round satelite navigation system for anywhere in the world. It does all the usual SatNav things but it does it really well with very few dropouts. The best bit is if you are secret camping or wild camping you can use take a picture of where you are, send it to a friend and get them to use their TomTom to navigate to the photo. It will then lead them right to where you are simply by the location data in the picture. Neat trick huh?!

 

MyCast Weather Radar

This app is an award winner. In is arsenal it has un-cluttered base maps display animated radar, clouds and StormWatch severe weather alerts, allowing effortless interpretation of how the weather affects your day. As you check out the current weather, you may see drifting clouds or falling rain as the distinctive weather themes come to life. Whether you are interested in weather for today, tomorrow or next week, this app has it all.

 

Accuweather

There are a lot of weather apps out there but we like the look of Accuweather as it’s quite easy to understand at a quick glance. It has a clever lifestyle page that determines how your current local conditions might affect over 20 activities, including dog-walking and stargazing so it’s ideal for camping. It has hourly forecasts, 15 day forecasts and useful weather maps. The best thing is it covers the UK as well as other parts of the world.

 

Star Walk Stargazing

This is another award winning app, which you should definitely buy if you are interested in stars, constellations, and satellites. If you can point your iPhone at it you can find out what constellations and satellites you’ve been looking at and get a lot of exciting and educative information. You can even use the app to look back in time or into the future to see what the night sky might or will look like. It’s definitely one to stir up amazing campfire conversations, even if you’re not that interested in stargazing.

GoSky Watch camping app

GoSky Watch App

 

GoSky Watch – Stargazing

This is a gorgeous app that works as you point your device in the direction of what you want to learn about, (similar to the above) and it even links to Wikipedia to enhance your experience. Basically it becomes your own personal telescope for looking at the night sky.

 

GoSat Watch – Satellite Gazing

If you love to lie on your back by the campfire and watch shooting stars and satellites then you need to consider getting this app. It tracks anything you want to follow in the sky and on a world map in real time. The best bit by far though is the alarm you can set to alert you when something is coming into your field of vision.

 

Plane Finder and  Ship Finder Apps

Similarly to the app above, these track any planes and ships in your air and water space. The best feature is you can hold your device up in the direction you are looking and see the details of the boats and planes, the direction they are coming from and going to and their path of travel. You will never have to say again… “I wonder where that plane’s going…”

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Sunseeker App

 

Sun Seeker – Tracks The Sun

Ever turned up at a campsite wanting to pitch up, get your chairs out and crack open a beer, but not knowing when the sun might disappear behind that hill or line of trees. Well this app can help you out, and anyone else who might need to know where the sun will be when, such as a photographer. It has two great functions… the Google Maps function that shows the suns location throughout the day and the 3D map that shows you where the sun will be in the sky at what time. Basically it enables you to track each daylight hour in terms of where the sun will be in relation to where you are.

 

iHandy Level

Do you find your camper van always has a bit of a tilt after you’ve pitched up, or you and your family find themselves at the bottom of their sleeping bags in the night with the down hill slope. Well the iHandy can help you out by telling you what’s level and what’s not. This is a simple tool, but like the compass, can be essential for a trip to the campsite.

 

Survival Guide

Survival skills are techniques a person may use in difficult or dangerous situations (e.g. a natural disaster) to save themselves or others. However, they can also be used to better appreciate nature and for recreation. The techniques shared in this app provide advice to get basic necessities such as water, food, shelter, habitat, signal for help, navigate safely, avoid unpleasant interactions with animals and plants, and for first aid. This app is definitely for the more serious camper and backpacker.

Spyglass camping outdoor app

Spyglass App

 

Spyglass – A Compass App

Spyglass is a fantastic app for the iPhone that uses a compass image which is laid over the image coming from the video camera. This makes navigation easy to a particular point you can see in the distance. Also if you hold the phone flat the compass is laid over the top of Google Earth Maps so you can locate your position and calculate your speed and potential arrival time. It even has an inclinometer, which is incredibly handy for hikers. Other useful tools are: a hi-tech viewfinder, milspec compass, gyrocompass, maps, GPS tracker, speedometer, sniper’s rangefinder, sextant, gyro horizon, inclinometer, angular calculator and 5x zoom camera

 

Bushcraft Skills

In this app you can choose your terrain (desert, snow, forest, coast, at sea), watch hours of instructional video, look at dozens of images and diagrams, learn about first aid, and reference advanced survival techniques used by the world’s special forces.

 

Multi Spirit Level

Multi Spirit Level is a simple but extremely useful tool in your pocket to check whether a surface is level or not. Perfect for when you roll up at your campsite and need to find the best place to make camp or need to level off your camper van with wheel chocks.

 

Camping Manual

This app is perfect for a family or individual who would like to go camping but hasn’t had any experience of doing it before. It deals with the basics of how to pick the best tent, backpack, sleeping bag and camping clothes. It shows how to build a campfire and set up camp as well as general food basics. It also has a number of bonuses, such as fun activities while travelling and camping, how to pack a first aid kit, keeping the kids happy, destination suggestions and 10 fun things for kids to do. Basically a great introduction to camping for any newbie.

 

So what do you think.. have we missed out any apps you know are great for the campsite? Use the comments section below to tell us more. We’d love to hear from you and share your camping and glamping tips and tricks with our readers.

Happy Glamping!

Sarah - Founder of Inspired Camping

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23 Responses to “20+ Camping & Outdoor Apps Ideal For The Campsite”

  1. Mark Beresford
    27 May 2012 at 2:42 pm #

    I did a first aid course a few years ago but this first aid app is a great refresher, with some sound advice. A good download.:-)

    • 28 May 2012 at 3:43 pm #

      Thanks Mark. Great to have a comment from someone who has done the course…

      • Michelle
        6 June 2012 at 3:12 pm #

        I’d add in the advice of making sure that if you get a first aid app, that you go through it BEFORE an actual emergency. They can definitely be a great learning tool, or a useful refresher like Mark mentioned! (I’m a first aid instructor and advanced medical first responder for St. John in Canada.)

        • 6 June 2012 at 4:51 pm #

          That’s a great piece of advice Michelle. Thanks for sharing it with us. Sarah

  2. Viv
    29 May 2012 at 7:52 pm #

    I love these apps, and definitely would have downloaded the camp cookbook if it had been available on Blackberry. I think it’s really good to have all this info at your finger tips, you never know what you’ll need when you are out there in the wilds. Just need to invest in a solar charger and you’re on to a winner :)

  3. Will
    31 May 2012 at 11:47 am #

    Sweet! I like the stargazing ones – good for night photography perhaps ;)

    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Blocked Drains Melbourne
    1 June 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    Great camping and outdoor apps.

  5. kylie
    27 June 2012 at 12:13 am #

    this is something brilliant!

  6. Goran
    15 October 2012 at 8:58 pm #

    Here is one more great iPhone app – Camping List Pro+

    Its available on the app store here
    https://itunes.apple.com/ag/app/camping-list-pro-for-ipad/id556580440?mt=8

    Cheers!

    • 16 October 2012 at 6:40 am #

      Thanks for the tip Goran. It looks like a helpful camping checklist app. Sarah

  7. Mik
    22 January 2013 at 11:04 am #

    Hi,
    Campee is a free iPhone app to find and share campgrounds and caravan parks in Australia. You filter your search by type, paid or free, nearby sites to your loaction or an address, facilities like pets allowed, costs, disabled facilities, dump point etc. And you can also contribute by adding your favourite sites to the database including picutres.

    You can download it for free here- http: //itunes .apple.com/app/id582543282
    Happy Camping :)

  8. Mike
    22 January 2013 at 11:07 am #

    Hi Everyone,
    I would like one more free app called “Campee” to be added to this list.

    Campee is a free iPhone app to find and share campgrounds and caravan parks in Australia. You filter your search by type, paid or free, nearby sites to your location or an address, facilities like pets allowed, costs, disabled facilities, dump point etc. And you can also contribute by adding your favourite sites to the database including pictures.

    You can download it for free here- itunes.apple.com/app/id582543282

    Happy Camping:)

  9. Martin
    17 May 2013 at 4:30 pm #

    “Camping Calculator” for android is pretty useful

    • 17 May 2013 at 4:48 pm #

      Thanks for the tip Martin.

  10. Stacy
    4 June 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    iTunes is not offering Classic Camping Cookbook and Meal Planner in the US. Any other suggestions?

  11. Dave
    18 August 2013 at 7:26 pm #

    Great article I enjoyed it.

  12. Kyle
    17 November 2013 at 4:24 am #

    Have you looked at the new Ultimate US Public Campground Project app? Pretty nice:
    https://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=698323700&mt=8
    And now that the Mac has maps in Mavericks, there’s camping apps coming to the Mac. For example, here’s one called Boondocking:
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/boondocking/id737368975?mt=12

    Enjoy!

    • 17 November 2013 at 10:49 pm #

      Nice one… Thanks for the tip!

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