Camping is a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of a stressful life and to enjoy some time with nature. It’s easy to kick back and relax once you're on your site and all set up, but what about the planning stage? It’s not always that free from stress. This list of the best iPhone apps for camping will help you plan your camping trip a bit easier and will give you some ideas to make your getaway even more enjoyable.
The best iPhone apps for camping
2 Jan 2017, by Cherry Mae Torrevillas
Yonder will help you plan your next camping trip, whether you’re just pitching a tent in your backyard or going on a backcountry adventure. The app will connect you with experiences, places, and people to help make a great trip. Launch the app and it will show you geo-located images and videos from all over the world, search or browse the database of more than 20,000 destinations, explore 25 different activities, and follow hikers, climbers, bikers, skiers, and more from all over. You can share your adventures through videos and photos, browse a feed, and keep lists of all of your favorite destinations and experiences.
- Explore 25 different activities
- Discover thousands of geo-located videos and images around the world
- Share directly to Twitter and Facebook, email, and iMessage
- Search or browse the database of more than 20,000 destinations
- Free iPhone app for camping
Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder is a virtual guide the outdoors. Just launch the app, enter your location, and see what parks are nearby. You can also choose an activity you want to do and use the filters to find the parks that offer that activity. The app’s team of editors and writers has put together a database of almost every state, national, and local park as well as federal public land in the United States. You get park overviews, activities descriptions, maps and directions, important phone numbers, links to events, nearby attractions, and more.
- Lodging and concession info
- Nearby attractions
- Comprehensive database of public lands in the U.S.
- Activities descriptions
- Maps and directions
Gaia GPS offers you topographical maps and trails so you can go offline camping and hiking and still know where you are and where you’re going when you’re out and about. You will be able to explore the wild and plan trips using your iPhone. The GPS is constantly updated to help you explore remote locations and stay safer while you do it. You get maps, map tools, and you can sync, back-up, and get access to the website. If you subscribe for the Pro version, you get many more cool features.
- Tons of map tools
- Use Gaia everywhere
- View maps online or download for offline use
- Share links to photos and tracks
- Free with in-app subscription to Pro
The Ultimate US Public Campground Project was designed to give you information about all of the publicly-owned, non-commercial campgrounds across the 48 states and Alaska. There are over 27,000 facilities including everything from full-service campgrounds to remote back-packing and boon docking locations with no services or facilities. It gets its data from the web-based Ultimate US Public Campground Project. The database for this app is updated about every month so the information you will have will be as up-to-date as possible. Tap on a campground location on the map to see information about total number of camp sites, number of RV sites, nearest town, fees, dumping station, elevation, website, and more.
- Internet access not required
- Tap on the map to see information on a specific campground
- Intended for everyone
- See information on publicly-owned, non-commercial campgrounds in the United States
- iPhone app for camping
RV Parks & Campgrounds will help you find amazing RV parks in Mexico, Canada, and the United States. It’s totally free with no ads, and will help you find more than 40,000 RV parks, rest areas, campgrounds, gas stations, stores, and more. All of the commercial RV parks are sorted by rating and you can see them in list mode or zoom in on the map to see rest areas, gas stations, and other amenities. The app uses local databases so that means you have to have Internet access. You will see information on KOA, 55+ senior retirement communities, 1000 trails, public parks, privately owned RV parks, and RV-friendly stores and stops.
- Info and location on RV parks and campgrounds
- RV-friendly stores and stops
- See ratings
- Works fast using local databases
- Free iPhone app for camping
If you are a camper, hiker, traveling or just want a solid resource for nearby campgrounds then this app will do the trick. It’s filled with information on over 24,000 tent campgrounds, state parks, national parks, BLM areas, national and state forest, regional parks and more. Directly connect with outdoor supply stores, see all the amenities of the campgrounds, view a great deal of information offline and much more. This resource is great for those who like to plan their outdoor adventures or those of you who are just trying to find something at the last minute.
- A great outdoor resource for camping locations
- Get information on parks, forests, BLM and more
- Some information can be viewed offline
- See the amenities for listed campgrounds
- Direct links to outdoor supply stores
RV Parky gives you access to more than 25,000 listings of campgrounds, RV parks, rest areas, and stores like Walmart, Camping World, Cracker Barrel, and more in Mexico, USA, and Canada. You will also see all the truck stops you can take advantage of on your way there or when you’re camping nearby. You will have access to information, see pictures, and get directions to where you are headed on your adventure. You also get phone numbers and can make calls from within the app. You can set filters to weed out the entries that don’t interest you, and you can leave your own reviews.
- More than 25,000 listings of campgrounds, RV parks, and stores
- See all the truck stop locations
- See photos, get directions, and read reviews
- Set filters
- Free iPhone app for camping
Guide to Camping - Beginner Camping Tips gives you exactly what it promises: tons of camping tips that will help beginners and more advanced campers alike have a more enjoyable camping experience. Some of the tips you will see include How to: pick a sleeping bag, pick a camping tent, stay warm, camp in a tent, camp on the beach, camp in the desert, pick a campsite, set up your campsite, and protect yourself from ticks. You'll learn how to use a compass to get around, go camping in your backyard, take dogs camping, and go winter camping.
- Get tons of camping tips
- Good for beginner campers as well as more advanced campers
- See how to pick a site, make a basic shower, and go winter camping
- Learn the best camping foods
- Free app for camping
RV Parks is powered by RVParking.com and is meant to help you find RV parks all across the USA. You get detailed information on over 20,000 parks along with details on the number of sites, power, dumping, propane, and more. You can look up phone numbers for RV parks and dial from there, see user photos and reviews, browse RV parks by city and state, and upload your own reviews. All of the information is available offline for when you don’t have Internet access. You can also get directions from your current location to your chosen RV park.
- Over 20,000 RV parks listed
- See user photos and reviews
- Get directions
- Automatically locate RV parks nearby
- Browse parks by city and state