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August is a great month to get outdoors, and spending time at one of the many national parks is an excellent way to celebrate. Luckily, the National Park Service is waiving entrance fees on August 25 to celebrate their birthday. Visitors can hike the parks’ trails, learn about the parks’ history, and explore the majestic beauty of these national treasures all with something they use every day, their smartphone. Here are some great tips on how to utilize your phone when you hit the trails from our friends at U.S. Cellular.
How technology can help you on an outdoor trek:
You can find one of 465 national parks by visiting www.nps.gov. This site shows the parks activities and amenities so you can pick one that is right for you, I myself used it and found some great National Parks a short distance away that I didn’t even know about.
Use your smartphone and take amazing outdoor photos. Being outside is perfect for selfies! The most flattering light for a gorgeous selfie is natural, indirect light. But make sure that you pay attention and are aware of your surroundings.
Also your phone can be a handy flashlight with the app Brightest Flashlight, or you should be able to turn on the flashlight from the basic settings of your phone when you pull down the notification shade on your Android device.
Use your smartphone as a safety tool:
Download the First Aid app from the American Red Cross, which provides basic first aid tips and advice for injuries, burns, sprains/broken bones and other medical emergencies.
Bring along an “offline survival manual” that contains information on how to make fire, build a shelter, find food, treat insect or animal bites, and other useful content in a case of emergency.
Stay aware of your surroundings. When you are capturing that cool photo, remain aware of your surroundings. Stay on the trail, avoid steep cliffs or ledges, and always keep an eye out for dangerous animals.
As a best practice, use your smartphone to check in with a loved one regularly so they know your whereabouts, the route you’re taking, and the time you’ll be back home.
It’s the perfect almost-Fall weather to hit the trails and enjoy the sights. I’m itching to lace up my hiking boots and explore some of our local trails. What adventures will you go on during American Adventures Month?