Best gadgets and apps for camping with your Android

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The Play Store has over 800,000 apps now and the variety is incredible. Here’s a quick rundown of the best Android camping apps that you should be downloading and installing before you embark on your adventure.

Don’t forget a flashlight app

Your Android probably came with a flashlight app preinstalled and it could prove super useful when you’re camping. Test it out before you go. If you don’t have one, or your existing one is sub-par, then we recommend Brightest Flashlight Free as a great way to illuminate any situation. You could also try Tiny Flashlight + LED, as it includes warning light options that could come in handy in an emergency.

Planning your trip

Camping_Trip_PlannerWhen you’re getting ready to go it pays to be organized. Finding out that you’ve forgotten something important when you arrive at the campsite is a painful experience. That’s why you might want to try something like Camping Trip Planner, as it basically lays out everything you need for a camping trip, divided into categories. You can create your own checklists and make sure you never forget an item again.

For working out an itinerary and keeping all your travel plans in one place, you could look at TripIt Travel Organizer Free. It’s a well-designed app for planning all kinds of trips and it offers an easy way to share your plans with others.

Finding your way

Alan_Rogers_CampingIf you’re hunting for a good campsite then you could try Alan Rogers Camping for free advice on over 3,000 campsites across Europe. If you’re in the States then the Camp Finder – Campgrounds app covers 17,000 campsites and RV parks. You’ll find reviews, photos, and directions for each campsite.

Depending on where you are headed, you might find Google Maps meets your needs. You could also use My Tracks to record your route.

Anyone heading off the beaten track and into the wilds will need a good offline GPS navigation option. One of your best options for topographical maps is BackCountry Navigator PRO GPS, although you should check if it covers your destination before you buy. OruxMaps is an excellent free alternative for offline maps and waypoint navigation. If you’re using traditional maps then you might want to check out the best compass apps to help you navigate.

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Survival and food

SAS_Survival_GuideFor comprehensive survival tips in a range of environments you won’t find a better app than the SAS Survival Guide. It covers everything you could think of and a whole lot more besides. The Army Survival Guide is a good free alternative.

You’ll find a range of tasty ideas in 100+ Camping Recipes Free. They’re pretty detailed and easy to follow, as long as you can get your hands on the ingredients.

Wildlife, night sky and scary stories

Audubon_BirdsOur last category provides a little entertainment on your camping trip. If you want to spot and identify wildlife then there’s a great range of apps available from Audubon, such as Audubon Birds – A Field Guide. There are also options covering trees, mammals, insects and spiders, and even mushrooms.

At the end of the day, you should definitely take advantage of the visibility you can enjoy in the wilderness and check out the night sky using Google’s free Sky Map app.

Later on, when you’re all huddled around the campfire, it’s time to tell some scary stories, especially if you have some teens in your party. The Creepy Tales app will provide you with 100 categorized stories to frighten your companions with.

That’s it for our Android camping guide, but if you have something to suggest then share it in the comments.

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