All the adventure enthusiasts out there know that when we pack for one of our adventures – whether it’s motorcycling, trekking, biking or backpacking, we pack with the utmost care. Electronics in waterproof bags, documents easily accessible, hydration within easy reach… these are the codes we live by.
But have you considered doing the same with your mobile phone or tablet?
What’s the code when it comes to those?
Most people have music apps and their photo apps ready to go, but what about the adventure apps? It’s smart to download some apps that might come in useful in case of an emergency, or the apps that add a layer of convenience and ease. There are thousands of apps out there whose sole function is either to help you plan your adventures better, or to help you in case of an emergency – so why ever not have them handy?
Here’s our list of 5 must-have adventure apps.
1) SAS Survival Guide
The SAS Survival guide used to be a book – one that’s received many accolades over the years – that helped people survive in the wild. This book has now been converted to an app available on both iPhone and Android. What is it for? If you’re ever lost in the wild, this is the app to have. Most of the app is accessible offline (except for a few videos that you can also pre-download). It features almost everything – right from photo galleries of edible & poisonous plants, a morse code signaling device, survival tip videos, a sun compass and a comprehensive first aid section. What’s more, the Lite Version is free!
Android Download Lite: goo.gl/SxFrM2
Android Download Pro: goo.gl/cukqg3
iTunes Download: goo.gl/KnRtRZ
2) First Aid – American Red Cross
You’ll be surprised, but this app is free. It tells you everything you need to know about your specific First Aid situation with step-by-step instructions. The app has been developed by the Red Cross and is constantly updated, so the latest on medication is also available. This is another app that can be accessed offline, because all the content is preloaded.
Android Download Free: goo.gl/4BDXv
iTunes Download: goo.gl/STGD3u
3) Runtastic Altimeter and Compass Pro
This app is useful in many different ways, especially if you’re trekking or biking. It has an altimeter, allows you to search for GPS coordinates and even tells you the approximate times of the sunrise and sunset. It has a built in compass for navigation as well. One of the things we like the most about it though, is that it allows you to mark your own GPS coordinates on a map so you can track your route post your activity. Another big plus is the built in altitude tracker with photo feature. This can also be shared in one click. At Rs.100, this is definitely a bargain!
Android Download Lite: goo.gl/zjLwC
Android Download Pro: goo.gl/JjqwN
iTunes Download: goo.gl/J56BTo
4) Google Translate
We know that in retrospect, this sounds like a no-brainer. And really, it is! Ninety languages translated on the go, language pack downloads for longer trips and a really simple interface. The best ever for reading those obscure signboards on a back-country road in the middle of nowhere!
Android Download Free: goo.gl/7zKl0
iTunes Download: goo.gl/v4fz9u
5) Weather Pro
There are many weather apps out there, but this one is definitely our pick. At Rs.149, it is complete value for money as it can predict the weather in over 2 million locations in the world! The reason we like it so much though, is that it has worldwide weather warning and alert systems in case of extreme weather. Another reason why this one wins over the others, is that this app isn’t just useful for immediate decision making, it’s ability to predict the weather locally for a week, allows you to plan that much ahead. So now you can make your plans without fear of the weather interfering with them.
Android Download Lite: goo.gl/B3oJH6
Android Download Pro: goo.gl/jlRCv
iTunes Download: goo.gl/oxw7Pu
Another app category without which this list won’t be over is maps. Maps haven’t made it to our top 5 because your phone will have a pre-loaded maps app. Android will have google maps and iOs will have their native maps app. However, if you want to optimize the navigation functionality of your phone, we strongly recommend downloading Here maps or OsmAnd maps. Both these maps can be used offline.
Android Download Free: goo.gl/PW0919
iTunes Download: goo.gl/23eu4O
Android Download Lite: goo.gl/Z2pI6
Android Download Pro: goo.gl/o2TUL
iTunes Download: goo.gl/KKCxhW
Some other apps without which you shouldn’t step out of the house, are:
Flashlight! Because you have to have it.
Mirror. Because a woman’s got to do what a woman’s got to do.
Mobile Banking. Very useful for emergency pre-paid recharges, asking for money, etc.
Instagram. Especially now that it allows portrait and landscape photos as well.
So that’s it. That’s our list of must have apps. What do you think of it? And what are your must-have apps?