An adventure vacation may contain outdoor activities like trekking, camping, river rafting, hiking. As thrilling as they might sound, there’s a chance that you might get stuck or get lost doing these activities. You better get your smartphone ready for outdoor activities by installing any of the following Outdoor Adventure Apps.

If you’re alone, your smartphone will prove to be very useful if you get lost or get hurt.

I have compiled a list of the best eight adventure apps for Android devices. The best thing about these apps is that you don’t need to be online, which you probably won’t be if you’re going outdoors. Since it is better to prepare for the worst, I recommend you check out these apps before you go on your next outdoor adventure.



Offline Survival Manual

best outdoor apps

As you might have guessed from the name, this app is an outdoor survival ebook. It has immense information about the outdoors, so you will find it extremely useful. It has tutorials on things like how to make fire, find food, build shelter, etc.



This app will prove to be very useful in an emergency. It even instructs you on building a fire without any tools and tells you which plants are safe to eat when you run out of food.

The app is frequently updated with more information. There are helpful infographics provided throughout the app. 



Offline Survival Manual
Offline Survival Manual
Developer: ligi
Price: Free

ViewRanger

ViewRanger-Outdoor-Adventure-App

ViewRanger

If you love biking or hiking, this android app is for you. ViewRanger allows you to discover new trail routes added by people who use the app. There are a lot of trails in the mountains and the countryside as well. It uses your phone’s GPS to display the routes.



As mentioned before, users share the routes, which means they even get to add trails and share them with others. You can share your biking or hiking sessions live with your friends. It will display statistics like distance, speed, altitude, and more.

ViewRanger also offers an augmented reality mode in which your camera figures out where the peaks, places, and lakes are. You can even connect your smartwatch to it. The app is available in the U.K., Canada, and New Zealand.



Locus Map

Locus Maps Outdoor Travel app

Locus Maps

Locus map is another essential app you want to have on your phone while going on an outdoor trip. It has rail routes specially made for hiking and biking. You can add, remove, and edit your own maps in Locus Map. It tells you all the essential stats like distance, speed, and altitude.



In supported regions, the app even offers voice and speech navigation. You can even share your routes on sites like Google Earth, GPSies. Whenever you go off track, it will alert you with a sound.

Besides the maps, this app is packed with features like parking assistant, notes manager, and live tracking. 



First Aid

First Aid App for Outdoor Travel

First Aid App

It doesn’t matter where you go. You need to carry first aid with you. You never know what might happen when you are outdoors. You will be able to handle such situations with ease if you’re equipped with the required tools.

First Aid also has a massive collection of first aid tips and tricks which come in handy. There are many methods of learning, like through videos, quizzes, infographics, or articles. 

You can even use the app in offline mode. There are no ads in the app. Moreover, it will even give you tips on hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes.

First Aid - American Red Cross
First Aid - American Red Cross
Developer: American Red Cross
Price: To be announced

Digital Compass

Digital Compass

Digital Compass

You don’t need this app if your phone comes with a compass by default. This app is handy in outdoor scenarios since a compass is one of the essential things to have with you.

You are even allowed to use this app in collaboration with Locus Map or Google Maps. Digital Compass directs you in the right direction even when you’re offline.

The app comes with a user-friendly interface and clean design. Remember to remove any magnetic covers you might have on our phone while using this app.

Digitaler Kompass
Digitaler Kompass
Developer: Axiomatic Inc.
Price: Free+

Open Signal

Open Signal

Open Signal is an app for Android devices which will search for a network signal for your phone. It will even run network speed tests on your phone’s WiFi signals.

Open Signal will provide youtube nearest location with the highest network frequency. This comes in very handy when you’re outdoors and want to search for a signal. It will even scan local WiFi hotspots for you.

It has a user-friendly interface and minimal design. You will be provided with a dashboard that will have all the stats you need.

Spyglass

Spyglass

Spyglass

Spyglass is a navigation app that uses augmented reality. This is one of the best adventure apps out there. It even features a compass and a map along with gyrocompass, offline maps, speedometer, altimeter, etc.

You can track details like your location, speed, the position of stars too. This app combines the features of many applications into one, so it is beneficial in times of need, one more exciting feature is that it can use the angular calculators and sextant to measure heights and distance between objects.

Spyglass
Spyglass
Developer: Happymagenta UAB
Price: Free+

Komoot

Komoot-Outdoor-Travel-App

Komoot-Outdoor-Travel-App

You can use Komoot to plan your travel routes ahead of time. I consider it an essential app for cyclists and hikers. 

It even informs you about the surface conditions, distance, and elevation of your route. Turn by turn, navigation is also present, which is always nice to have. Kommot also has a user’s community where famous destinations can be shared.

Moreover, you get to add images, tips, and highlights to your planned route. It is compatible with smart wear too. 

Conclusion

The apps mentioned above are great for outdoor travel plans. You never know when you might need them, so it’s best to have them. As they say, it is better to be safe than sorry. Let me know in the comments below if I missed out on your favorite app.