5 Camping Apps You Should Download

What are you looking for? A campsite booking tool, an app to plan your next camping trip, or a resource for all of the best places for RVers with honest reviews.

We’ve scoured the appsphere for the best free apps for first-timers to last-minute planners to seasoned full-time RVers. After giving them a test drive, we selected these as our top pocket finds.

Boondocking. An iOS only app that specializes in providing users with information about free camping sites, most are without hook-ups for tent and RV campers. The app includes an amazing 500+ listings, coupled with details from campers offering their experiences with the sites.With boondocking, there are no reservations. It’s a popular way to explore wilderness areas and save money while on your trip.

NPS.gov This app features National Park campground sites. Within the app you click directly to the park’s website to book camping or cabins, and apply for any permits. If you are a seat-of-the-pants traveler or last-minute planner, this is a perfect tool for booking sites.

FreeRoam. This app specializes in trip planning. It will help you find a camping spot that meets your specifications, assist you navigate to the camping location, and show you where gas, rest rest areas and other travel services are along your way. Just click on the camp spots for photos and details, then enter your travel dates, and the app builds your trip. The app can plan your entire trip based on user preferences, adding in gas stops, grocery stops, points of interest, and routes appropriate for the height of your vehicle. Then simply set your route and follow it using its built-in navigational map tool.

Recreation.gov. Reserve a public lands camp spot at more than 3,600 facilities and 103,000 individual sites across the United States. Book your site within the app, which features photos, driving directions, and a call center operator who can help you with your trip planning. The site also assists travelers locate historic and cultural sites along the way, rent gear or an RV, and buy the America the Beautiful National Park pass.

Campendium. This app was created by campers for campers and employs a team of full-time travelers who add sites and information all the time. More than 350,000 app users then review those sites. Find a site by searching for the name of a location and then picking one from the hits that appear on the map. Campendium lists a lot of information about the campsites, including cell signal strength, hookups, pet friendliness, amenities, campsite costs, and campground website links and phone numbers.

As great as these apps are by themself, the real power comes from using them all. If you’re coming up empty on one app, try the others.

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