Part of the ease of traveling these days is the multitude of camping and/or boondocking apps that you have available to you right at your fingertips. Some of them can be tricky to use if you don't have cell signal but there are others that work even off-grid. There are many camping apps but here are five we think you should have downloaded on your phone.
A must-have RVer app in my opinion, especially if you enjoy boondocking. There are a lot of great features about iOverlander but possibly the best is the ability to access information on the app without having a cell signal. Not all features will work, but the most important ones like finding a place to park near you still function in dead zones. This app not only helps you find established campgrounds, informal campgrounds, and wild camping locations, it can also show you where you can dump or fill up on propane and water. It even includes locations for laundry mats and border checkpoints. iOverlander is user-generated so you can add places you find along the road as well as see reviews from others who visited the locations. Some even include pictures and will tell you if the parking location is big-rig friendly.
This app lists federal camping options, which are usually more affordable campgrounds in rural areas. You can search by tent camping, RV camping, or cabins. The app allows you to filter by the length of your RV, amenities offered, and even allows you to book your stay directly on the app. You can also purchase your tickets to federal parks and recreation areas as well as sign up for lotteries to areas that require a permit.
Ok, this isn't a camping app but it is definitely a great app for people who enjoy hiking. AllTrails is a user-generated app to locate nearby trails or to help plan your hikes in advance. You can search for trails near you or near where you plan to travel. Each trail has a profile that includes the length, difficulty (easy, moderate, or hard), a brief description, map, and user reviews and photos. It is very helpful when determining which trail to include on your adventure as a lot of the reviews give details about the hike including the views you may experience. You can also search by all of these features which is helpful. Another great feature is the ability to favorite a trail so it's easy to find once you are at your destination. AllTrails is a must-have for anyone who enjoys the great outdoors and wants to maximize their time in it.
4. Reserve America
This app includes state-operated camping options as well as some private campgrounds (mainly KOA and Good Sam locations). Reserve America allows you to search for campgrounds via location and available dates but it doesn't have a map functionality, which helps when planning your trip. However, the app does feature tracking details that can keep your trips in order and has an upcoming reservations tab with filtering features. You can book stays directly on the app but you won't find any user reviews which is definitely a downside.
Campendium is a very popular app with RVers, although the app only works on iOS devices you can still access the website with an Android device. The apps database of campgrounds is quite large and features some great filtering options. Although booking is unavailable on the site, there are user reviews which always helps ease the mind. It is a free app so you will see advertisements across the app which can be a bit annoying.
Now available, the Boondockers Welcome App!
And, obviously, we're now happy to add our app to this list. In 2020 we worked really hard on our first app and it is now available for both iOS and Android devices. Enjoy!
Those are just a few of the apps we have used and liked. What are some of the other apps you like to use on your trips?