Even though we’ve road tripped around New Zealand, California, Iceland, and Alaska, there can still be a learning curve when it comes to road trips. Or as Scott likes to put it, a “learning wall.” If you’re looking at departing from your driveway and heading out on a road trip soon, check out our choices for the best apps for road trips and RV Apps that have helped us immensely on the road:
- Campendium: Whether you want to find an RV park, BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land, or a dump station (everybody poops!) – Campendium can geolocate the best camping spot for you plus it’s peer reviewed. You can read how other campers rated it, if there’s cell service, if it’s safe, as well as GPS coordinates.
- Outdoorsy: If you’re looking to rent an RV, Outdoorsy is the way to go. We rented with Outdoorsy when we had a Sprinter Van through Death Valley National Park and an RV in Kenai National Park in Alaska. It’s basically the AirBnB of RV’s and it’s your best bet for RV rentals!
- Audible: You’re going to be spending a LOT of hours in your car and you can only listen to so many playlists over and over again. We’ve loved listening to books on Audible and learning about new things as we cross the country.
- Google Maps: You’ll obviously need directions, but make sure to download your destination offline and “star” places you want to go. That way, if you don’t have service (which you won’t most of the time), you can still find your way.
- AllTrails: If you’re headed out on the road, you’re most likely going to be hiking a lot. All Trails has a list of great hikes in every destination. You can make lists ahead of time of the hikes you’re interested in, download trail maps offline, get directions to the trailhead, plus it’s all peer reviewed.
- AAA: AAA is an absolute must for your road trip. You might think you won’t need it, but it’s a very low cost of entry for a very high return.
- Harvest Hosts: Harvest Hosts is a website and app where you can find free, unique places to stay throughout the country. These RV spots include vineyards, breweries, and farms all throughout the United States. It costs $79/year, but the stay is absolutely free. It is recommended that you do support whatever local good the host is providing i.e. take a brewery tour or purchase a bottle of wine.
- Allstays – For anyone with a tall RV, you’ll want to use the app All Stays. It has a lot of features like Campendium, but it also has a feature where you can look for low clearance roads, which is imperative for large RV’s.
- Victron – One of our favorite additions to our Airstream is our Lithium batteries and our Victron inverter. These allow us to boondock with all our favorite creature comforts. The Victron inverter has an amazing app that allows us to monitor our batteries and power consumption all via bluetooth. I can also turn our inverter on and off using my phone whenever we leave the airstream to help conserve power.
If you’re headed out on the road, you’re most likely going to be hiking a lot. All Trails has a list of great hikes in every destination
AAA is an absolute must for your road trip. You might think you won’t need it, but it’s a very low cost of entry for a very high return.