I have become addicted to my phone. And I am not afraid to admit it. 50% of the blame is on my job, as I have to have a fancy phone (what I started to call it when I switched from Nokia box to an iphone about 1.5 years ago). The corporate world wouldn’t be it’s high flying, back stabbing, scotch indulging self without androids, iphones, and tablets.
For the other half, I blame myself. I like texting my friends, keeping my grocery list on hand at all times and being able to jam to a song while checking my email. What can I say, after all I am a Millennial.
But, it turns out that my iPhone has become a crucial accessory for my outdoor adventures as well. Whether I am camping, hiking or fishing, I bring my phone with me. Why? Here are 5 reasons…
My 5 favorite outdoor apps…
This app is great for finding hiking spots that no one else can find. Unless of course they have this app. It pinpoints where you have hiked before as it also doubles as a GPS. Great for getting out of sticky situations like how to find another trail while you are being attacked by killer bees. Now, that’s a sticky situation.
You may be laughing right now. But, I cannot tell you how many times my phone has come in handy if I forget a flashlight or lose it. Let’s face it, we are always by our phones, so why not use it to guide you through the dark in those times of need. Like when I had lost track of time in the river and forgot to bring a flashlight. My phone flashlight app helped me see my out of the river and back to my car.
3) IFishUSA tied with DNR Mobile
Great apps for checking current water conditions. DNR allows you to actually track accumulation of rain water in rivers as well as plot the future level based on weather conditions. IFish allows you to see the current state of species of fish. Fishing books are no longer reliable after a year or two, because water patterns change and with that, so do the fish. But, these apps stay current with GPS tracking and constant DNR interaction.
2) First Aid
So, I never was a girl scout. That’s because I was too busy being an unofficial scout with my family and friends traveling North America on my own outdoor adventures. Despite learning many survival tactics along the way, when in times of panic, those lessons seem to sometimes slip the mind. That’s why having this First Aid app on hand is literally, a life saver. Not only does this app have instructions on anything and everything that could go wrong in the wilderness, but it also has step by step videos and images to guide you in setting a splint or properly removing a bear track from your ankle.
Enough said! An app dedicated to presenting the current state of weather and future motion of patterns. Showing the most dangerous areas and inches of water expected. I use this app more than anything else in the river because if I see iffy clouds, I wip this app out and quickly check the forecast. It has saved me many times!
Although I try to leave business at home when on my adventures and my eyes screen-free for at least 12 hours, the helpful apps above have come to my rescue in more ways than one. Just slip your phone in a waterproof pack and find a nice cozy spot for it. The tiny bit of extra weight is worth it compared to the load of unexpected elements of Mother Nature.