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3 Apps Essential for Traveling

Summertime is here and you have worked hard to enjoy a nice family vacation. Whether you dream of walking on the beach, camping in the woods, or taking in the day at a museum, that doesn’t mean you leave your tech at home. Most people travel with their smart phone, tablet, and even their laptop. There are a few great apps on the market that make traveling so much easier. Here are my top 3 Apps Essential for Traveling.

3 Apps Essential for Traveling

Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder™

When you have camping on your mind and want to try out different parks this year, the Oh, Ranger Park Finder app is a must to have on your devices. You can search by region or state and include activities that you want to do like hiking, fishing, bird watching, boating, and even caving. It pulls in the information from national and state parks and is really easy to search especially if you are driving down the road and want to see what is near you at that moment.


Swim Guide

When nothing but the water will do, you can search Swim Guide to find the nearest beach including those beaches at lake, city parks, and of course, the ocean. It also states what the current water conditions are and it also shows what there is to do nearby. They have gotten into the social game as well as it lets you invite your friends to come and hang out while you enjoy a little R&R in the sand.



The most essential app for any road trip is Gas Buddy. With one press of a button you can see all the gas stations in a 100-mile radius. It includes the price per gallon, the distance from where you are, and it has Google maps embedded so you can get there easily. If you don’t like the prices in one town, search around and see if you have enough gas to make it to the next town over. Sometimes you can save serious change by using this handy dandy app!


What are your favorite travel apps?

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Hi there! My name is Virginia, and I am the author/owner of That Bald Chick. I am a Christian, wife, mother of three, full time homemaker, homeschooler, and ministry volunteer in addition to being a blogger. In my free time *cough* I enjoy reading, writing, taking walks with my family, and listening to music.


  1. Those are great apps! I use Gas Buddy, but will be adding the others soon!!!

  2. Very good apps! Especially gas buddy. I don’t know how many times we have had to rescue people on the our highway because they under estimate the distance between towns. Let alone when we have to tell them that ALL our gas stations close at 11pm and don’t open back up till 0600.

  3. I wont go ANYWHERE without the AroundMe app – it has helped me on NUMEROUS occasions to find gas stations, hospitals (dont ask lol) Restaurants – LOVE it!

  4. Melissa Bowers says:

    Those all sound really helpful! I don’t have an I-device (I-Pad, I-Phone, etc.), but I just got an Android smart phone. I am just getting into exploring the world of apps. I might have to check these out! We have a vacation planned for later this summer.

  5. Sarah L says:

    Gas Buddy has been a favorite of mine for many years. I use the computer based site since I don’t have a smart phone.

  6. That is a great list! I don’t have a list of favorite travel apps… because I don’t usually give the boys a device that requires apps. 😉 But I will bookmark this for future reference! 🙂

  7. Great apps! I need to download Gas Buddy!

  8. I am going to look into that gas buddy app right now. Why haven’t I never heard of this?

  9. I’m familiar with GAs Buddy but not the other two. I have an app for mass transit in NYC when I go there that’s helpful.

  10. How did I not know about Swim Guide living in Florida?? Love it. Going to download it now!!! And I had Gas Buddy on my old phone but forgot to install in on the new one. Thanks for the reminder.

  11. GasBuddy is a MUST-HAVE! Love that one!

    I haven’t tried Oh Ranger Park Finder, but that sounds like something I need in my life!!

  12. Have literally have to pack up the whole house when we travel. Not one trip has been easy.

  13. Why I’ve never thought to use GasBuddy when traveling is beyond me. That’s the perfect way to know which exit to refuel at.

  14. Great list, this is my first time hearing about these apps, going to check them out.

  15. I had not heard of two of these apps, but they sound really good. I definitely am interested in the park one. I’m always on the hunt for a new park to explore with my kids.

  16. I don’t use Gas Buddy but I think I will now! Thank you!!

  17. I really want to plan a road trip to visit a few states with my family next Summer. The Park finder app sounds like the perfect companion for trip planning. Thanks for sharing!

  18. SwimBuddy sounds like fun! I would what it would show during our beach trip next month. We might have to try it.
    We love Waze for traveling.

  19. The swim beach one is nice, especially when you are in an area close to water and just can’t figure out how to get there!

  20. I’m going to try using the swim guide to find new lake beaches near my house.

  21. I will definitely bookmark these for when we travel again, they sound very useful!

  22. These are awesome. I’ll have to download them before our next trip.

  23. These look like great apps. I will have to download for our upcoming trip.

  24. We’re getting ready to go on a road trip and I will definitely be downloading the GasBuddy app. Thanks for sharing.