Get Outdoors with Mobile Tech
Make the most out of the great outdoors with these apps and accessories.
A smartphone and some sweet outdoor gear can help you get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Use these apps and accessories to help you make the most out of your outdoor experience.
Outdoor gear begins with the right accessories
Whether your outdoor activities consist of a long hike through the woods or a few hours at the park for a family picnic, you’ll want to have something nearby to give your devices an extra boost. (You can’t take family photos with a dead battery!) The mophie powerstation® PRO has sealable ports, so when the ports are closed, the charger’s impact-, splash- and dust-resistant. Plus, it’s small enough to take to the beach, on the trails or on the lake.
If you’re taking your workout from the gym to the outdoors, then the Plantronics BackBeat FIT headset will deliver your workout playlist in crystal clear, pace-pumping sound. Bonus: They’re sweat-resistant, too. Be sure to slip a Fitbit Flex on your wrist prior to your workout. It tracks steps taken, distance traveled and calories burned.
Going camping is a great way to enjoy the simpler things in life. Along with your tent, sleeping bags and s’mores, pack an UE BOOM wireless Bluetooth® speaker. It’s durable and water-resistant, so you can keep the campfire songs flowing right from your smartphone or tablet.
Have you explored America’s beautiful national parks? With so many terrains to explore, it’s hard to know where to start. The Chimani National Parks app lists all 59 parks, complete with photos and news. Create someday/maybe lists of places you plan to visit and record the ones you already have.
Record backpacking adventures and scope out hiking trails with Backpacker GPS Trails Lite. Find your position on maps, navigate with GPS and a digital compass, and log the paths you take. Best of all: No data or cell phone signal is required.
Take advantage of a clear night and explore the skies above with the Sky Map app. You’ll learn whether that far-off speck you’re observing is part of Orion’s belt, a planet in the solar system or just a smudge on your glasses.
Learn about nature
Get to know the trees around you with the Virginia Tech Tree ID app. Turn your smartphone into a digital plant book with more than 900 tree species at your fingertips. Narrow down species by listing your location and answering a series of questions about a plant’s appearance.
Tap into iBird to satiate your curiosity about our fine-feathered friends. This e-book app comes complete with illustrations, photos, birdcalls and fun facts to help you identify the most popular birds in your area.
No need for pins and trays to hold your butterfly specimens if you have iRecord Butterflies. See various types of butterflies and learn about each species while also helping to preserve butterfly species. All reported identifications are used to aid in conservation of declining species.
What are you waiting for? Grab some outdoor gear and get in the fresh air!