You’re probably hearing chatter about mobile apps, everywhere! It seems that no matter what you want to do… there’s an app for that. Not one day goes by, that I don’t use an app, of some kind… or wonder if there’s an app for that.
We can certainly thank Steve Jobs. When he passed away, I found this cartoon to be quite heart warming, and I felt that it was such an appropriate memorial tribute, to him.
What apps do I have on my iPhone and iPad, that I use for camping? Well, I’ve got an entire page devoted to weather and local news stations, so we can stay up to date on all of the emergency conditions. AccuWeather is my favorite weather app… I can change the location, and check all of the current conditions, weather forecasts, hourly forecasts, and also watch the radar. The iPad app is even better than the iPhone edition. My 5-0 Radio app allows me to listen to the scanners of the local law enforcement and emergency agencies. And, I also have a link to the list of SAME Codes, for programming the weather radio. When it comes to weather, we want no surprises, when we’re out in the wilderness.
Coleman puts out a variety of apps. There’s the “Coleman Camp Recipes“, and also “Coleman Lantern” … which is basically a flashlight app. And, while searching for the link to the recipes app, I found a “Coleman Campfire Tales“. It looks like it could be a fun app.
I’ve got my “functional app”… the “Compass” that was pre-installed on my phone. And then, there’s the not so functional “Zippo Lighter“. The lighter is pretty much a worthless app, but it’s a lot of fun and can also be used to see in the dark. You choose your lighter… open the lighter with a finger swipe, strike the wheel with your finger, and can open/close the lighter with a finger swipe, or shake the phone to the right or left, to open or close. You can even hear the sound, and the flame moves with the phone… fun app!
There are also the apps that help me find campgrounds, and even an occasional motel room… while on the road. “Oh Ranger” and “Trip Advisor” both have mobile apps. Neither Recreation.gov, nor ReserveAmerica currently have mobile apps. I use both of these agencies, for reservations. So I went to their websites on my browser, and added an icon to my home screen. I’ve even got the “TV Guide app“, so we can find shows on over-the-air channels, in unknown areas or towns. I am not a member of “Sisters on the Fly“, but I love reading their book, and their website. and have added both to my iPhone and iPad.
But, “Camping List” is my favorite… the one that I use the most, without a doubt. It is definitely not only for camping. I’ve used it on motel trips, too… any time I want to make sure I’ve packed everything. It comes pre-loaded with items and categories, and you can leave those, or delete them… and you can add your own. Some of the pre-loaded items and categories were great, because they were things I hadn’t thought to add to my list. I also put my complete grocery list on here… there are “Perishables” and “Non-Perishables” subcategories. I never have to purchase anything for a planned meal… if the raccoons can’t figure out how to eat our groceries.
I am one of those that has to have “white noise”, when I sleep. Nothing wakes me up faster, than the silence of a sudden power outage…. hence the “White Noise” category. When that fan turns off, my eyes pop wide open, within seconds. The overhead fan in The Little Teardrop does operate on battery power, but just in case… to make absolutely sure that I have “sleeping sound”, I downloaded three “White Noise apps”. I have also used these, when the electricity goes out, at home. You can go to the App Store (or Market for Droids) and search “White Noise” and you will find a plethora of apps (many free). I cannot recommend any one… they all have my favorite sounds, which include “Distant Thunder”, “Steady Rainfall”, “Babbling Brook”, “Ocean Waves”, etc. Some will even allow you to “mix” sounds, so you can listen to a babbling brook in the steady rain, with distant thunder in the background… love that one!
On my iPad, I have my book page. I have iBooks… and I also installed a “Kindle app“, a “Nook app”, and The Bible. I can download new books from iTunes for iBooks, from Amazon for the Kindle, or from Barnes & Noble for the Nook.
I also have “Newsstand” for online publications.
You can browse thousands of magazines and publications, and download their app (which puts it on your Newsstand shelf). The apps are free, and you generally get a free publication with the app… future issues or subscriptions cost extra.
I added a “home screen icon” for Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble… so I can purchase eBooks.
Even though I have Apple Products (iPhone & iPad), and therefore have Apple apps, some of these exact apps can be found in the Android Market. Similar apps can be found for those that are not exactly the same.