A successful trip or long canoe descent requires some preparation, especially if you plan to bivouac on the way. Carrying a tablet could be very useful for the preparations as well as along the way.
Canoe-camping, which originated in Canada, is becoming increasingly popular in Europe. This activity combines the pleasures of canoeing with those of bivouacking in the heart of nature. But going on an adventure for several days requires effective preparation.
Of course, you must have a quality boat and all the necessary camping equipment. But you will also need a reliable means of finding your way around and orienting yourself along the way. Rather than carrying a lot of paper maps that can get wet at any time, you could use an iPad or Android tablet with a suitable protective shell.
Indeed, several applications allow you to download IGN topographic maps of the area. The tablet's high-resolution touch screen will also give you a much better reading experience, with the ability to zoom in on areas of particular interest to you. The maps can be downloaded to your tablet and can therefore be used without a cellular signal. With the GPS, you can locate yourself at any time and benefit from navigation to a defined location.
A detailed aerial view of the area in which you are located will help you find suitable places to spend the night or find nearby villages to resupply you.
An essential factor to take into account when travelling for several days is of course the weather, especially the risk of thunderstorms. Here again the tablet or smartphone will be useful thanks to the numerous weather applications available (see our selection).
In addition, in the event of a high risk of thunderstorm, you can, for example, search for nearby hotels or inns where you can take shelter and spend the night.
If you're a sports performance statistic enthusiast, there are many applications for this, where you can find out your speed, average speed, distance covered or remaining to be covered. In addition, you can also record your run and keep a record of it so that you can compare it with your previous performances or simply share it with your friends.
The iPad and other tablets also feature great photo and video sensors to capture and share your memories.
You can also record all the information you might need during your trip: how to set up your tent, practical recipes for camping, which mushrooms are edible, etc...
And after a long day of paddling and facing the currents, you will surely feel the need for more fun activities. Reading, games of all kinds, movies, the tablets offer many ways to relax.
The waterproof cases sold on this website will perfectly protect your tablet or smartphone from rain, water splashes, and even a few minutes of immersion without any problem.
In addition, there are mounting systems that can be screwed on the canoe, with quick release brackets, or practical strap systems.