Top Hacks for Taking Your iOS Device Camping

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Part of what makes hiking and camping memorable is our time away from technology—but let’s face it, you always need your device!

Your iOS device is more than just a communication device. It’s a compass or an emergency beacon. Out deep in unpredictable nature, it can be lifesaving.

When taking your device outdoors, there are a few key things to consider. Read on for our list of top iOS camping hacks!

1. Bring Back-Up Battery Life

If you’ve experienced being away from home and having your phone screen suddenly go dark, you know it can be terrifying. The last thing you want is to run out of battery deep in the forest where there is no charging point.

Powerbanks are an excellent solution for the day-to-day, but you may need something with a little more juice when going out for the long term. You may not have heard of a power converter, but it is the perfect solution to transfer traditional 24V batteries to AC power.

They’re not expensive, and it’s always good to have one on hand when going deep into nature. You may be able to grab an affordable one at Moonraker online to help guarantee your mobile device stays charged round the clock.

2. Invest in Waterproofing

Water is a big part of camping, and I don’t just mean when kayaking—rain, condensation, and humidity are all possibilities in the wilderness. While many recent iPhones brag about total inbuilt waterproofing, you may not want to take that risk when you’re so far from civilization.

A solid waterproof case won’t cost you too much and is available in options from seriously sturdy to light and transparent. Many varieties can reach deep water; others protect from rainfall. Finding something that suits your camping needs is a great idea to stay safe when outside.

3. Map Your Route….With Apps

Nothing will replace the accuracy of real, paper maps, but for those who are directionally challenged or never learned to read maps using compasses and degrees, you’ll be happy to know there’s an app for it.

While we all have access to a compass on our phones, there are almost endless choices in terms of mapping apps that might save your skin. The better performing smartphones become, the more accurate GPS and location settings are. And many app creators are taking advantage of these advancements to build some pretty cool stuff.

It is also worth staying current with your iOS device’s emergency service capabilities. This state-of-the-art technology has many options for alerting emergency services when you’re in trouble or lost.

Other than that, try out the GPS Hiking app or Topo Maps+. These two apps have serious options for offline maps that you can navigate with your inbuilt compass.


These tips are just the basics. There are seemingly endless solutions to up your iOS capabilities, and developers regularly innovate better technologies.

Ultimately, most important is that you take advantage of iOS’s top features while keeping your phone safe and charged so that you can expect the best during your camping adventures.

Now on to adventure!

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