Have you dreamed of visiting the Grand Canyon? Hiking part of the Appalachian Trail? Camping under the Rocky Mountain stars? Exploring the natural wonders of Costa Rica? With spring and summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to begin planning your next adventure!
When it comes to planning an outdoor trip, the Boy Scouts had it right with their slogan “Always be prepared.” Investing adequate time planning your trip will ensure that you pick the best location, have the right equipment, get the best deals, and have the most fun out in nature’s backyard!
We have compiled some of our favorite tools and resources to make your planning process as smooth and enjoyable as possible! Let the wanderlusting begin – and don’t forget to pack your Mosquitno bands when you make your dreams a reality!
Hipcamp: Wondering where the best camping site is where you going? Look no further! Hipcamp is a new website that allows you to search and discover the best camping near you or anywhere else in the country. Camp on ranches, farms, vineyards and land preserves, and check out the reviews before you go!
Chimani: If you are headed to a national park, try downloading Chimani! Chimani’s dozen-plus travel apps, focusing on U.S. National Parks from Acadia to Zion, include first-hand descriptions of park features, trails, and amenities. Audio tours, high-quality photography, event calendars — even tidal charts and sunrise/sunset times and viewpoints — are included to help you get the most out of your visit. “No service” when you’re out in the wilderness? No problem: Chimani’s apps work with or without WiFi or data signal.
AllTrails: You found your perfect destination, but you need to find the perfect trail. AllTrails is your guide to the outdoors! Search over 50,000 trails with reviews and photos curated by 3 million hikers, campers and mountain bikers like you. You can find trails by location or type, and either save the maps on your app, or print the maps to go!
OutdoorsGeek: There’s no bad weather – only bad gear. Don’t spoil your trip by skimping on quality gear. OutdoorsGeek provides gear rentals of all types that can be shipped directly to you. This gives you the option to test out new hobbies and brands without committing to purchase expensive equipment. If you do think you might want to invest, they can even ship you brand new products and let you try them before you actually pay for them! It’s a great way to explore a new passion and a new place commitment free!
Tripit: If you are planning a trip with lots of reservations and travel logistics, you are probably drowning in reservation emails and confirmation numbers! Tripit provides one, simple hub to manage all of your travel logistics. Simply forward all your hotel, flight, car rental, and restaurant confirmation emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. TripIt automatically transforms your emails into a master itinerary for every trip so all your plans are in one place, and viewable from all devices!