Top 5 Apps for Outdoor Adventures! #BetterMoments

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The humidity of the summer is finally giving us a bit of a break in Maine.  When the humidity level dies down my family and I love to get outdoors.  Don’t get me wrong, we are outside when it is hot hot hot, but more at the pool then rather than hiking.

I got my new iPhone 6 a couple weeks ago.  I love it.  Can I say that?  I am kind of a geek when it comes to new technology (I blame this on my brother), and so having the new iPhone is a huge treat for me.

My family loves to get outside for hikes and bike rides, and having my phone helps me to feel so much more comfortable with the planning stages of being out where there isn’t much technology.   Features like the flashlight and compass are huge helps when out hiking (or if I am trying to sneak through my bedroom without waking the baby!).

I always try to be as prepared as I can be when we go anywhere.  I have my first aid kit, lots of water and snacks, rain jackets and umbrellas, change of clothes; but when we are in the woods, sometimes we need a little extra help.  That is where my phone comes in handy.  I don’t have to carry as much stuff because a lot of it can stay right on my phone, easily accessible.

Top 5 Apps for Outdoor Adventures

1.)    Army Survival Guide:  Nothing beats good planning, however, there is so much information out there, to have it right at your fingertips is amazing.  The Army Survival Guide works both on and offline, and offers information on survival planning, shelters, water and food procurement, starting a fire and much more. 

2.)    GaiaGPS:  Let’s be honest here, we all use GPS to get directions these days!  Gaia GPS is a free app that offers the full functionality of a back country GPS unit.  You can record tracks and way points and search for nearby waypoints and then read reports about the different places.

3.)    AllTrailsThis app is awesome!  You are able to browse through guides for 50,000 trails across North America!  It provides photos and reviews for all kinds of different activities from biking to fly fishing.  You can also track all of your adventures and share them with friends.

4.)    National Parks Field Guide:  This is an interactive field guide for the wildlife and plants in 100 US National Parks.  It also lists all the important sites, hours, prices, etc. of the different parks. 

5.)    UnitedStates Coast GuardThis free app provides state boating information.  It also includes a safety equipment checklist, navigation rules and float plans.  It also offers tools to call for help if you need it.

Having these apps available on a reliable network is important.  US Cellular’s 4G LTE network keeps you covered nationwide.

What is your favorite way to enjoy the outdoors?  


  1. With a fully charged iPhone! I kid, but not really. I use my iPhone to take nearly all photos these days. Informative post, thanks. I'm addicted to getting new apps. It's good when they're free :)

    1. Yes! Definitely a charged iPhone!!! :-)


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