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Best apps for a Camping Road Trip

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We love apps here at, you may have also noticed we are completely gaga over camping, RVing and road tripping. Two passions unite to bring you the top 10 indispensible apps for your next camping road trip. We have picked apps that are essential to trip planning, will keep you entertained, and help you stay in touch with loved ones. Spend more time enjoying the outdoors and less time fretting over the nearest bathroom with these great apps.

Great On The Road Apps

1.  Camp Finder ($2 - $3)

Find information on 18,000 campgrounds, RV parks and RV resorts across the USA. Camp Finder works with your GPS location to pinpoint campgrounds nearest to you even when you are on the move. Search by state, city, or name. Read reviews, view photos and search by amenities, camping clubs and park types to quickly find the perfect campground or RV Park for you. Named "the best of the paid camp apps" by The New York Times, it's the hassle free way to find the perfect place for you. It is available on both the iPhone and Droid.

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Make the most of your trip with apps

2.  iExit (Free - $2)

What's coming up on the next exit? Days spent on the highway waiting for a convenient exit might have been a mystery in the past, but this app takes the guesswork out of your trip. iExit gives you a rolling list of available services for any interstate you are on. This is a seriously useful app for the true camper, RVer and road tripper. The app is available on iPhone and Droid.

3.  USPS Mobile (Free)

Need to send or receive a package on the road? Check out this great app that lists the nearest post office to your current location to save you hassle and time. It is available on the iPhone and Droid.

4.  Gas Buddy (Free)

With gas being a top expense for any road trip, it's great to have a buddy keeping you updated on the cheapest gas prices in your current area. That buddy is Gas Buddy, a wonderful app that helps you find the cheapest gas prices near you. The app is available on the iPhone, iPad and Droid.

5.  Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder (Free)

Find the parks nearest you with the activities you want to do. It covers National Parks, State Parks and Federal Public Land in America. The app is available on the iPhone.

Great Camping Entertainment

6.  Kindle (Free)

Ever wanted to bring your favorite books with you during your camping trip but just don't have enough space? With the Kindle app your favorite books are stored on your mobile phone or iPad, so there is no need to bring the heavy hardcover books, you can leave them at home. Purchase new releases, or reread an old favorite. Best of all, most of your favorite adventure classics, like Huckleberry Finn, are free to download. Kindle is available on the iPhone and Droid. We recommend it on the iPad for those who enjoy a bigger reading screen.

7.  Pandora (Free)

Pandora is a music lover's paradise. If you have a 3G connection Pandora delivers an unlimited supply of music to your trip. Simply type in an artist you like and listen to a streaming jukebox of songs and artists that Pandora feels you might also enjoy. It's a great way to discover and rediscover music. Plug your device to portable speakers to liven a campfire. Pandora is available on the iPhone, iPad and Droid.

8.  Flight Control ($1 - $3)

Land aircrafts and avoid collisions in this incredibly addictive game. Take turns with your camping buddies to start a fun competition. Flight Control is available on both the iPhone, iPad and Droid

Share and Stay in Touch

9.  Skype (Free)

Skype is a great app when far from home and on the road. IPhones and similar front-facing camera devices allow you to share in real time the great outdoors with friends through videoconference. Skype allows you to call anyone in the world with a Skype account for free. Keep in touch, save money, and share life with loved ones. Skype is available on the iPhone, iPad and Droid.

10.  Facebook (Free)

Want to know what your friends are up to? Want to quickly update them about your road trip? Facebook is the cure all for sharing, staying connected, and a great way to catch up with your friends. Keep everyone updated on your trip by uploading photos from your mobile device, check in to stops at locations of interest, and tag camping buddies that have joined the adventure. The Facebook app is available on both the iPhone and Droid.

Download these apps on your smartphone today so you have everything you need to great camping road trip.

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