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Best Apps for Camping
Today I’m sharing the best apps for camping, all of which are completely free! We use these camping apps to find the best campsites and to plan our epic camping adventures. It’s helpful to check several different apps when planning a trip. Every camping app is unique and has different information available. Keep reading for more info on the top 10 best apps for camping:
Campendium is probably one of my favorite camping apps!! The Campendium map has parks identified with a green tree and privately owned campgrounds are identified with a blue camper. I prefer to stay in state and national parks so this feature is super helpful. Also every time someone leaves a review, they let you know about cell coverage in the area. If you subscribe to the Campendium yearly membership, you can even search campsites based on your cell provider and coverage. If you’re needing to work while on the road, this feature is super helpful.
The Dyrt App is something everyone was talking about a few years ago. My favorite thing about the Dyrt App is the amount of reviews available. The filter options aren’t as helpful as some of the other camping apps but I always find a greater number of reviews on the Dyrt. Read all of the reviews to find helpful tips and pick the best spot for your trip.
I just recently started using iOverlander and I can see why so many people like the app. IOverlander provides reviews on paid camping sites, boondocking sites, and amenities. Several amenities are provided on the map such as wifi, potable water, public showers, laundry facilities, and RV parts.
The FreeRoam App is the first app I check when I’m searching for boondocking sites. You can search an area based on cell service, road difficulty, price, amenities, reviews, shade, and safety. Each site also has exact GPS coordinates, which is super helpful. Another thing you’ll notice on the FreeRoam App is the BLM land is marked orange and the National Forest Land is marked in green (as seen in the screenshot below).
Free Campsites isn’t actually an app (it’s a website) but I just had to include it in the list. Free Campsites is another “go to” for boondocking sites. The reviews, tips, and GPS coordinates on each location are super helpful. Sometimes I find campsites on the FreeCampsites website that don’t appear on any of the other camping apps. It’s definitely worth checking out.
Available only online at FreeCampsites.net.
I just recently booked our first trip on HipCamp. All of the parks in the area were booked so I checked HipCamp and found a great spot! HipCamp is similar to Airbnb but for campsites. People basically set up campsites on their property and you reserve a space from them. We’re staying just 5 minutes outside of a national park for $20 a night on HipCamp, what a deal!
Recreation.Gov is a great app for reserving and researching information about the national parks. I typically find more information about the national parks online, but the app is very convenient.
Reserve America consists of mostly state and city parks, which you can reserve directly from the app. It’s easy and convenient for making reservations straight from your phone.
I use Google Maps almost every time we go camping. I check the satellite view to see what the campgrounds really look like and how far apart the campsites are spaced.
Did you know that you can reserve a privately owned campsite on Airbnb? I’ve seen some amazing campsites and experiences on Airbnb. When searching, go to filters and select “campsite” under unique stays. There aren’t a ton of campsites on Airbnb, but every once and a while I find something amazing.
Available on IOS, Android, and on the Airbnb website (use my link to sign up for Airbnb to receive $50 off your stay and $15 toward an Airbnb Experience of $50 or more).
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