Camping trips are supposed to be a device free trip, right? Well, you can essentially turn your iPhone into a Swiss army knife of useful apps that will make your trip easier without taking up much of your time. All of these apps are premium apps that’ll cost you a few dollars. For these kinds of activities, I tend to shy away from free apps because they aren’t well kept and I need something reliable. These top 5 need to have camping apps for iPhone can really be handy. It is important to note that these apps could also be useful if you have an RV.
I don’t think many people can appreciate how useful knots can really be. Regular knots can make life a hassle. If you open your mind and allow yourself to learn some of these, I’m sure your mind will flutter with many more ideas on what you can use it for.
Knot Time does a great job of teaching you (with videos and narrations) how to tie all sorts of knots depending on what you need it for. You can learn how to tie fishing knots, different boating and sailing knots (sailors live and die by this app), knots for mountain climbing, and more. All of these activities could play a role in your camping trip.
3D Sun and Moon Compass 3GS
I’ve always been skeptical about compass apps. However, this seems to be a real hit for those who need it. It’s a very simple yet visually appealing compass that moves the needle with a nice fluid motion. It always displays where the sun and the moon (including what phase the moon is in) are relative to your position.
It works well and it’s pretty accurate. The only problem with it is that it’s only for iPhone 3GS and iPad. Hopefully it gets a nice upgrade soon.
Camping can bring you some of the clearest skies for you to take a gander at. This app is an all-star planetarium app. It has the most visually appealing and detailed images of the sky than any other application I’ve tinkered with. It has too many features to begin picking out which ones are cool enough to mention, I’d just recommend taking a look yourself.
What I like most about this app is that you can download maps and GPS coordinates to take with you on your trips. Since you probably won’t have any internet connection out there, this will definitely come in handy.
I recommend Maplets because it also gives you the option of downloading (for free) and saving maps to your phone. Google Maps isn’t going to cut it when you don’t have an internet connection.
These maps can be fairly detailed. You can pick maps for bike trails, snow mobiling, hiking, and much more. It has access to over 1000 national parks for your choosing. If you don’t see a map that you need, you can always contact their support and request one. Pretty nice!
SAS Survival Guide
This one is pricey for an app (around 6 bucks). However, it might save you from having to buy other apps for camping. If you get yourself into a sticky situation, SAS Survival Guide probably has some solid advice for you.
It comes built in with a compass, a complete first aid section, a survival checklist, instructions on how to tie useful knots, teaches you how to use Morse code, and the list goes on. It’ll even quiz you to see if you got what it takes to survive! It’s a popular one for sure and has received a few awards.