It took one trip to realize that was one purchase I could have avoided.
For those with smartphones and tablets, apps are much more effective, efficient and up-to-date that those three pound printed directories;
I did my PC Mike NBC-TV report this week on camping apps.
Here are a few I have enjoyed.
For Droid and iPhone users, try the We Camp Here app. It displays a map of nearby campgrounds. Click and you get detailed campground information. You can read and write reviews, call for reservations, view the campground website or even get turn by turn driving directions to get you to the campground.
Looking for a free place to spend the night in your RV? Try Walmart parking lot camping. This free app for the iPhone and Droids shows you which Walmarts in your area let you spend the night. It also lists which amenities are nearby.
What would a camping trip be without some great food? The Coleman Camping Cookbook is a great free app that features a meal planner, detailed menus and pictures for cooking everything you can possibly imagine.
One other cool app from Coleman: The Creepy Campfire Tales iPhone book. Gather the kids around the fire and scare the bejeebers out of them as you read from a collection of spooky stories, complete with sound effects.
There’s more. Many states have their own amp for their state campgrounds. There are state and federal forest maps and guides and apps that show dumping stations. Just do a search for camping apps and you’ll find plenty of others.
If you have some you use, post them under comments.