22 Feb 2016
Let’s face it; smart phones have become such a big part of our everyday life that many of us can’t survive without them. So camping is usually a time to take a break from technology, move out of the reception area and clear our mind of the constant stream of messages and alerts.
However things are changing, slightly. While we may not be able to survive without our phones in the concrete jungle, we can actually use them to survive in the real jungle.
Camping and trekking apps are becoming increasingly popular with campers who are improving their experience via the increasingly large number available. Whether you prefer to camp the ‘old-school’ way or are open to a few technological suggestions, it’s definitely worth having a look at some of our recommendations that we’ll share over the next few weeks.
Here are a few to get you started.
SAS Survival Guide ($9.99)
The SAS Survival Guide has long been the definitive guide of how to survive in tough conditions anywhere in the world. The book has sold millions of copies and gone on to become an international bestseller. Now it’s also available in an award winning app! Written by a former British SAS soldier, the app features all of the original book content plus a number of nifty features such as a survival checklist, sun compass, first aid section and a Morse code signalling device.
Flashlight by Rik (Free)
Yes, yes, your smartphone already has a ‘torch’. But this is different and way better too. ‘Flashlight’ is an advanced flashlight app that transforms your phone into an ultra-powerful torch. It is optimised for speed, saves your phones memory and offers an emergency Morse SOS mode when you shake it.
Pocket Weather Australia ($1.99)
There’s a good chance your phone also has a weather app. But let’s face it, it’s not reliable and when it comes to forecasts the only people you want to be listening to are the Bureau of Meteorology. That’s why Pocket Weather Australia is the app for you. It sources data direct from the Met Bureau and includes hourly temperature predictions, tide times, nationwide warnings, a national synoptic chart and 72 hours of historical data.