A curated selection of apps and websites is an indispensable tool for many travelers. This list includes the apps and websites that I find most valuable in my travels as of spring 2022.
- Campendium – Free and inexpensive campsite directory. Available for iOS. This is my usually the first resource that I use to search for places to camp.
- iOverlander – Apps for iOS and Android with a focus on free, primitive campsites. This app has fewer listings that some others and many are best suited to 4x4 vehicles, but I have found some gems with iOverlander.
- Allstays Camp & Tent – Campsite directory from AllStays. Available for iOS.
- Allstays Truck & Travel – Directory of truck stops and travel plazas for overnight stops. Available for iOS.
- Park Advisor – Directory of RV parks and campgrounds. Available for iOS and Android.
- US Public Lands – Interactive public lands maps from Two Steps Beyond. Available for iOS and Android. This is another frequently used app.
- Gaia GPS - Available as an app or in a web browser, Gaia GPS continues to roll out new features that are useful for backcountry travel, camping, and exploration. This is now my most commonly used navigation app for backcountry navigation and research.
- Avenza Maps – Interactive, downloadable maps to help you know exactly where you are traveling or camping. Available for iOS and Android.
- CoPilot GPS – GPS navigation for your iOS or Android device that works even when you do not have a cell signal. Download maps in advance and use the GPS features in your smartphone or tablet to reliably navigate wherever you travel.
- Google Maps – Perhaps the best known map application, Google Maps is our most-trusted and most-used navigation app. Google Maps is available in a browser as well as an app for iOS or Android.
- Coverage? – Cell coverage maps from Two Steps Beyond. Available for iOS and Android.
- GasBuddy – Never pay too much for gas again. Available for iOS and Android.
- Speedtest - This app by Ookla allows you to quickly test the data speeds of your cellular network. Avaialable for iOS and Android as well as on the web.
Phone and Cell Data Plans
Mobile Internet Resource Center – This comprehensive site by Cherie Ve Ard and Chris Dunphy of Technomadia provides top-quality information on cell/data plans as well as devices from hotspots to boosters. This is my go-to site for accurate and reliable information on all things related to cell/data plans and related devices. Mobile Internet Resource Center is a membership site, but there is a lot of free content available. It is probably worth joining though if you are concerned with the most up-to-date and advanced information.
Free Campsites – One of the best-known directories of free and inexpensive campsites. The quality of listings, as well as the amount of detail, varies because many are submitted by site users. This resource is usually at the bottom of my list for campsite research because, while I have found some great sites using this website, I have also experienced a lot of "busts" due to incorrect or incomplete information.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – This is not a user-friendly website. The best place to get a concise list of their locations may be through their link for volunteer applications (here). Reservations for these parks are made (here). HINT: It is easier to determine the name of the location first and then type the name on the reservations page to jump directly to that location.
Glacier Water – Online directory of Glacier Water dispensers that is convenient when you need to find a place to refill water containers.