Here is a list of our favorite apps we use for travel
There are many apps that we find invaluable as we travel. Location, weather, travel distance, attractions, cell service, wi-fi, campgrounds, campground amenities, price and reservations are all part of planning. Be sure and check out our RV Trip Planner before you start your next journey.
Campendium We use Campendium for most of our initial travel planning. Campendium gives us camping choices in any given area in both a map view as well as a list view. The first criteria we look for is cell service so we can make sure we are always connected as our business needs demand it most of the time. The happy traveler can choose Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. Currently, cost for our subscription runs only $20/year. There is a free version with a few features missing.
Camp & RV by Allstays For a broader range of campsites, we use the Camp & RV app by Allstays. While Campendium can give you more info and reviews of campground, Camp & RV gives us more possible sites. For example, we are members of the Elks Lodge. There are hundreds of Elks Lodges listed on Camp & RV but not on Campendium. Note that Campendium has sites that don't appear on Camp & RV as well. Which makes the best choice? - Get both! The app for Camp & RV is $10 in the App Store. Sorry, there is no version for android but there is a website with much more detail than the app if you choose to pay an annual fee of $34.95 as of this writing. Other payment options are for multi-year subscriptions.
Google Maps Google Maps has been our best app for both travel planning as well as on the road navigation. For travel planning, we use it to gauge how much we want to travel to the next stop. We like to travel between 200 to 250 miles in a day. Then we use both Campendium and Allstays to see which campgrounds are in that range and not too far off farther destinations. Using the RV Trip Planner we enter the next area to visit and then find a campground we think will suit us the best. We always use a pencil for the planning our trip since these plans are nearly alway fluit.
FOR RESERVATIONS Sometimes we will use an app and sometimes we use the website on the computer. There are reservations systems that seem very difficult to navigate so the apps are a little more consistent.
Recreation.gov This app and website gives you access to finding and reserving campsites that are overseen by the Department of the Interior. That includes National Forests, National Monuments, National Parks, Bureau of Land Management, Army Corp of Engineers, Fish and Wildlife, Bureau of Reclamation and more. This is a great App/Website to see all the possibilities including images of campsites,
RA Camping (Reserve America) This app and website has a large listing of campsites including many of the what is listed in Recreation.gov. There are links to reservation for KOA and many other commercial campgrounds. While the app lists many of the government sites there is no provision for making a reservation so you must use Recration.gov
FOR WEATHER Dark Sky We depend on Dark Sky for our weather when it comes to temperature and rain. There are a lot of good weather apps out there but we like Dark Sky for a week at a glance high and low temperatures. It is also very good at showing upcoming rain levels for the next hour. Good to know approaching rain when setting up or taking down camp.
Windy Nobody enjoys traveling down the road in a high wind. This is especially true when towing a travel trailer and even a 5th wheel. We find Windy to be the best at showing wind speed and wind gusts along a route at any given time. The map shows both direction and intensity so you know when to hit the road or not. It's fascinating to see all the wind patterns in various areas.
Travel Snacks We learned a long time ago that snacks from the last service station you visited may not get you energized until you next meal. We use Energy Bars by XS and meal bars by Nutrilite. These are some of our favorites...