Camping is the ultimate vacation experience for environmentalists. It allows both city dwellers and suburban folks to reconnect with nature. Plus, it’s relatively low impact-most sites are totally off the grid, so as long as campers make sure to clean up after themselves, it’s one of the most eco-friendly trips out there. Luckily, there are a number of techie goods to make the adventure even more enjoyable. Before you hit the great outdoors, check out our list of green gadgets and services for campers.
When driving to your destination, try getting directions from free, online services like Google Maps or MapQuest. These sites provide step-by-step, easily navigable driving directions. To be even greener, try carpooling or taking public transportation. The Carticipate app locates other folks in your area who want to arrange a ride share to a particular location. TheNextTrain app looks up train schedules for 18 different agencies, while the iTrans app calculates the fastest route between public transit stations.
Exploring the Area
Once you get to the camp site, make sure you download some handy apps to help you navigate the nearby hiking trails. Trails and EveryTrail are GPS apps that let users track their hike, or import tracks from other hikers and follow their routes. The iLocate Hiking app lets users search a database to find nearby hiking trails. The app then provides contact info and directions to get to the area.