Have The Best Vacation You Can With Your Phone’s Help!
A campervan or RV road trip is always a good idea, but it’s a better idea to make sure you’re prepared before you leave. Alongside packing all the essentials, you’ll also need to download some very useful apps.
From navigating your way through remote hiking trails to saving cash on your gas refill, these apps will help out a lot during your next trip. What’s more: all of these apps are available for free, although some may have more in-depth features that you can purchase.
The Best Apps To Improve Your Vacation
Those who enjoy trekking through the vast and shifting landscape of the American Southwest may already be familiar with Gaia GPS. A favorite of hikers everywhere, Gaia comes packed full of all the best hiking trails around the world. With the app, you can navigate nature, discover and review beauty trails, download maps offline, and track your adventure stats.
YourCoast is the best way to plan your perfect beach vacation. Created by the California Coastal Commission, this delightful app is the official guide to California’s greatest beaches, waterfront parks, and coastal hikes. There are over 1,500 destinations to choose from and you can use the handy filter to find locations with certain features, such as ‘No Fees’, ‘Disabled Access’, and even ‘Tidepools’. Unfortunately, it is only available in the Apple store.
Surfline has been forecasting the waves and creating surf reports since 1985. Now, the Surfline app crunches all the data to bring you the latest information on wave heights, wind strengths, coastal temperatures, and much more, all in one sleek and modern app. Use this app to find the best surfing beach near you!
Any anglers out there who don’t already have Fishbrain are definitely missing out. This app offers up-to-date info on the where, when, and how of fishing. Discover the easiest ways to reel in the best catch and use the fish identifier or the app’s angler community if you don’t know what’s on the hook.
Apps To Help You On Your Trip
Join the tens of millions of people who already use Gasbuddy to save time and money during road trips. A popular app for every kind of driver, Gasbuddy lets you search for all the gas stations in your area. Additionally, the map shows prices for each location, meaning you’ll never pay more when there’s a cheaper option around the corner. To save even more money on long trips, use Toll Guru to see how much the tolls on your route will cost. The app can help you find the cheapest roads possible and, as a bonus, you’ll discover more scenic drives.
If you need to work or stream movies during your vacation, you’ll want to download the Opensignal and WiFi Finder apps. These convenient apps lead you to the best 5G and WiFi signals at any destination. Never again will you have to go through the process of setting up your campervan/RV before realizing there’s no cell service!
The Dyrt is known as the ‘ultimate camping app’ as it lets campers and RVers search for the best campsites for every occasion. The booking options tend to be cheaper and more varied than on a typical booking site. If you have a self-sufficient campervan/RV and don’t need any hook-ups, you can find beautiful budget rural campgrounds and extensive guides to Wilderness Camping areas.
Anyone wanting to learn a little more about the wonders of nature can download the Night Sky (on iOS) or Sky Map (Android) apps. These clever apps have a 360⁰ view of all the stars, planets, and satellites in the night sky. Ever see a bright star or an interesting constellation and wish to know what it’s called? Aim your phone in its direction and find the labeled version on the app.
The Best Apps To Download In Case Of Emergencies
Strava is a well-known app that millions already use to track them as they walk, hike, or cycle. The Strava app is an activity tracker but its tracing function can be very useful when you get lost in the countryside. You can also set up Strava Beacon, which allows friends and family to see your location and it can contact them in case of emergencies. If you are concerned about solo traveling, then download the purpose-built Noonlight. This app is very easy to use: when you feel as though you are in danger, hold down the alarm in the middle of the screen. This will send an alert to the local law enforcement alongside your emergency contacts.
It’s always good to know some basic first aid training before heading out into the wilderness (or even on a well-worn trail). But you can be forgiven for not knowing exactly what to do in every crisis situation. For this, you can use First Aid: American Red Cross. Designed by the most recognized name in first aid, the app gives you detailed instructions on how to act after each accident or injury. You can also use the app to contact emergency medical services. Most of the content is available offline and can be accessed in both English and Spanish.
The best app to have on hand for every U.S. traveler is Recreation.gov. This official app is a great guide to every National Park, Forest, Wildlife Reserve, Conservation Area, and every other Federal Recreation site. From here, you can search through destinations and view, book, and review campsites. Find out which parks allow Wilderness Camping and be up-to-date on the biggest events. And make sure to pre-purchase your park passes using the app so you’ll never be caught unaware!
Let Technology Guide You Through Nature!
Explore the best of America on an amazing road trip with the help of these apps. If you haven’t done it already, book your campervan/RV now! Or earn extra income by putting your own vehicle up for rent with TB Outdoors!