12 Apps for Campervan Life
We asked our friends what their favourite apps were for planning their campervan adventures and which ones they kept handy when out and about. Here’s what they recommended.
The ultimate campsite finder - you can filter accommodation by ‘Bring my own’ (tent, campervan etc) or ‘Onsite accommodation’ (caravan hire, lodge, tipi etc) across the UK, Europe and even a handful of spots across the USA and beyond. Pitchup shows customer reviews, photos, features, pitch types and local attractions around each site too, making it easy to find exactly what you want from your accommodation.
Ever been out exploring and found a spot you’d love to take your family or friends to, but think it will be near impossible to find again? Not anymore! This app sections the whole world into 3m2 spaces making it easy to share your exact location, or find it at a later date. It gives each area three random words to identify it (eg vegetable.nutty.trend). Obviously it’s extremely useful for the emergency services, but it’s also a great way to find a hidden landmark in a thick forest, friends out in the middle of nowhere or a campsite out in the sticks.
This last year has ignited a love for walking in a lot of people. Go Jauntly is a free community-based walking app to discover walks near you. The walks are uploaded by other users - you can map your walks using photo instructions and share with friends and others in the Go Jauntly community. Whether you like a walk through the city or prefer exploring the countryside, this app is great for all walkers.
Described as ‘Your ultimate adventure guide’, ViewRanger is a powerful map tool with downloadable route guides, GPS navigation and detailed maps. You can point your camera at peaks, places and other points of interest to identify them using AR, and plot your route for your next adventure.
Obviously we hope that you won’t have to use a breakdown app, but it’s always handy to have it if the worst does happen! With the AA app you can also access their Smart Benefits to get up to 20% off at certain service stations or plan the best route via the app avoiding tolls, bad traffic and add in rest stops along the way. It also gives you a handy place to keep track of when your tax, MOT, service and insurance is due, making your yearly renewal a doddle.
This app is a quick and easy way to search for a Camping and Caravanning Club Site. You can filter by facilities, read reviews, then book online. If you are a member you can save up to 30% off bookings, stay at exclusive club sites and get access to many more benefits. The Camping and Caravanning Club is highly praised by many Sussex Campervan owners when they're telling us about their adventures.
With over 8000 spots to park for the night, this app is another that's highly recommended by our Sussex Campervan owners. If you need to pull up somewhere for the night or love to find wild camping spots, you'll find many hidden gems on here. Users can upload locations, write comments on what facilities are available and what they enjoyed most about the spot. Park4night has spots all across Europe.
A good tool to use along with park4night to check the parking areas are suitable for your vehicle. Use the satellite view to check lanes are wide enough for your campervan, look safe and out of the way enough to not disturb any residents.
Found a campsite but want to read more reviews, check out customer photos and see what facilities are available? Tripadvisor gives you an unbiased overview of where you are staying, restaurants, nearby attractions and much more.
We all know that holiday spending can sometimes get a little out of hand. For those who need help budgeting for their trip or just want to keep track of how much they’re spending, TravelSpend is an app you need to download! It tracks everything you spend and splits it into categories so you can quickly see where your budget is going and how much you have left.
One of the best bits of finding a camping spot is getting a clear view of the night sky and the twinkling stars. SkyView tells you exactly what you’re looking at and where to look for constellations, stars and satellites. Bill and Elsa love stargazing in their Manhattan campervan.
As a child, Naomi spent most summers camping with family and friends. This usually involved a lot of wet sleeping bags, broken tent pegs and even a upturned tent on a car...
Since then she has preferred to spend camping holidays in yurts, shepherds huts and campervans. Most weekends you will find her exploring the countryside around Sussex and trying to find the best pub grub along the way.