OK~ Having spent a lot of time outdoors this summer, I can tell you that an app can make a difference when it comes to making awesome memories. Apps and smart phones are a great way to get your kids off of the couch and into the great outdoors. Go over to U.S. Cellular's parent/child agreement before you take off into the great outdoors, as this will reassure parents that kids know what is expected out of them when it comes to smart phone usage. I have had a terrific summer in the great outdoors with my Samsung Galaxy 6 Edge, as I have used several of these apps and stayed connected.
U.S. Cellular's high quality network can keep you connected nationwide. This network can also serve as a planner, survival guide, trail map and wildlife guidebook, as well as a tool to call for help in a sticky situation.
Here are some apps to enhance your outdoor experience:
The Army Survival Guide App is a great tool for the outdoor enthusiast.
This Android/iPhone compatible app offers information about survival planning and kits, shelters, water and food procurement, firecraft, and much more.
Find Your Way
Recent U.S. Cellular research found that 22 percent of smartphone users use GPS to get directions.
Take advantage of your device's GPS functionality with GaiaGPS, a free app offering the full functionality of a handheld, backcountry GPS unit. Another plus, you can read reports about places.
Be Your Own Guide
The AllTrails app allows users to browse through guides for 50,000 trails across North America, how cool is that?
From hiking, mountain biking to fly fishing, there is often a trail involved. Track your activities with your phone's GPS and easily share your adventures with your friends.
Identify birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, native trees and wildflowers with the National Parks Field Guide App.
This interactive field guide connects users with the wildlife and plants of 200 U.S. National Parks. This app is also packed with information pertaining to information about each national park, such as fees, links and phone numbers.
If your adventure involves boating, check out the official United States Coast Guard App.
This free app provides state boating information, a safety equipment checklist, navigation rules, float plans and more. This app is also a great resource when it comes to weather reports and who to call for help.
One important tip to keep in mind is if you plan to keep your cellular device off while playing in the outdoors. Many experts recommend powering your smart phone up occasionally to drop some digital breadcrumbs that may help search and rescue teams locate you if needed.
Have a great time in the outdoors! These apps are a wonderful resource and will make your outdoor adventures little more memorable. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?