Many climbers, hikers, and backcountry adventurers relish heading into to the wilderness. Specifically, to get away from the ringing smartphones, social media alerts, and calendar reminders for their busy workweek schedules. As a result, staying connected is often the last thing that comes to mind. But if you want to experience outdoors while still enjoying modern conveniences, we’ve got a few camping travel tech suggestions to keep in mind.
Download camping apps for a better trip
When you’re planning on spending some time away from civilization, download a few key camping apps and other tools to make the trip easier. Something as simple and universal as Google Maps can help you plan, get to your destination, and keep from getting lost. Other helpful mobile apps include:
- PackPoint, a smart packing app for every kind of trip that provides filters and custom checklists based on key input along with Evernote and TripIt integration
- AccuWeather, for up-to-the-minute weather updates and forecasts so you’re never caught unprepared
- Gaia GPS, offering downloadable maps for hiking, backpacking, and off-roading with offline navigation and public/private land overlays to find camping spots
Many campgrounds and national parks offer public Wi-Fi to visitors. Connection may be limited to a designated area, like the information center, but bringing along a Verizon Jepack Mifi 8800L mobile hotspot or portable satellite internet along with a lightweight tablet, like the LG G Pad 5 10.1 FHD, is a camping travel tech must-have if you want to stay connected. Check-in with loved ones about your trip progress, update any maps you plan to use, and consult any field guides you’ll need to navigate safely before setting out.
You can even unwind and stay entertained with popular streaming apps after a day spent hiking, fishing, or climbing. Catch up on latest the shows in the Marvel universe on Disney+ while you set up camp. Marathon Expedition Unknown on discovery+ from the comfort of your sleeping bag. Or throw a miniature dance party around the bonfire with your favorite Apple Music playlist and a JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth Speaker.
Ditch the clever camping gadgets
The best camping gadgets you’ll want to pack are the devices and accessories that you already use all the time. A 5G-capable smartphone, like iPhone 12 Pro Max or the Motorola Edge+ provides the speed, connectivity, power, and crystal clear screen resolution you want in a portable, nearly all-purpose package. Whether you’re looking up your routes, best places to take photos, or staying on top of a project while you take in some fresh forest air, you can do it all. Don’t forget to bring your phone charger or an extra battery pack.
Other camping travel tech to bring along, like a Scosche MagicMount, allows for more focused driving on the road, so you can get there and back safely. A Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 with long-lasting battery and trip detection lets you check the weather, send messages, and enjoy smartphone-level functionality right from your wrist. From your daily commute to your remote campsite, the wireless accessories you already use every day can provide increased value and utility to your trip.
Protect your camping tech
Make sure your devices also stay protected with a high quality, durable, weather-resistant protective case to keep out mud and moisture. Brands like OtterBox are designed for use in the toughest environments. For quick cleanups, throw some screen cleaner and protectors into your kit, so your display stays smudge-free.
In the event of a drop down a ravine or into a puddle, an affordable Verizon Protect plan provides peace of mind. You’re covered for damage, loss, and repair of your phone, tablet, or smartwatch.
Before stuffing your bag with unnecessary gizmos that will complicate your low tech getaway, get familiar with the tools already built-in to your phone, like your flashlight – which can be added to your home screen via app or shortcut, depending on the model – and emergency dialing features.
We can help you make the most of your trip. Visit your local Cellular Sales store to find the camping tech and accessories you need to experience outdoors.
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