Canada's great beauty can be found nestled within its 42 national parks. This app will help you dive into each destination so you can get quick information about everything from outdoor activities to local animals you may encounter. Aside from details on where to camp, you can learn camping basics, build a camping checklist, and review camping recipes. The checklist is particularly helpful is you're heading deep into the woods with your family and you want to keep track of everything you need to pack. Within the basics section, you can get tips on how to set up a better campsite, safety advice on using camp stoves, and even meal planning. In fact, when it comes to food there are some very creative ideas within this app to help you prepare delicious dishes under the stars or when the sun rises. For example, the Banana Oatmeal with Grilled Apples looks like a winner and is sure to be a family favourite.
While this is a post on Canadian camping apps, the Canadian Red Cross recommends this safety app from its neighbours south of the border. If you ever face an emergency when you're in the wilderness, it's important to call for help. However, depending on where you're camping, that help may take some time to reach you. Before you head out on your trip review the first aid instructions within this app. Aside from step-by-step instructions, there are also helpful photos and videos. Whether someone traveling with you is suffering from a broken bone, a burn, or an allergic reaction, the digital download is packed with life-saving information. There is even a built-in quiz so you can educate the whole family.
I've been there. You've just zipped up the tent screen and you're tucked into your cozy sleeping bag, but minutes later you face the harsh reality that you need to go to the bathroom. If you're flashlight isn't handy, just grab your smartphone. Both Flashlight (iPhone) and Free Light (Android) will turn your screen into a bright light so you can find your way in the woods. There is nothing fancy about either of these apps, but they certainly are practical for camping and beyond.
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