The best apps for summer, from grilling to roadtripping

Need help with your BBQ timer? Lost on your summer road trip? Shatter your phone while camping? There's an app for that.

As the saying goes, “there’s an app for that.” So, it shouldn’t totally surprise us that there are apps that claim prevent your sunburn and help you flip your burgers. Here’s our roundup of the best apps for summertime.

For sunburn prevention…

Have you ever gotten sunburned on a cloudy day? Wondered if you even needed a hat to go outside? sunZapp gives you all the information you need to be sun safe. It makes sun protection simple for you and your family and helps to protect you from the harmful rays of the sun. The app uses your skin type, location, environmental conditions, clothing, and sunscreen and use of shade and combines it with NOAA’s hour-by-hour UV Index forecast to provide real-time sun protection advice. The app reminds you to apply and reapply your sunscreen, alerts you when UV levels and sunburn risks are high and gives you simple actions you can take to be sun safe. It is comprehensive, scientifically sound and extensively tested.

To make sure your meat is perfectly cooked…

GrillTime is a timer and grilling guide that makes barbecuing easier and less stressful. Select your meat, thickness, and level of doneness and then GrillTime automatically recommends the perfect grilling time and temperature. No need to hang around the grill, GrillTime notifies you when it’s time to flip and when it’s finished.

To help you plan the perfect summer vacation…

Simply plug in the details of your trip, and what’s on the agenda—say, hiking, a business meeting and a fancy night out—and PackPoint (free, Android and iOs) figures out exactly what you should bring based on the weather during your trip and your activities, right down to how many pairs of socks. Better yet, the app saves your list for future trips.

For the stargazers out there…

Whether you’re a total amateur or a budding astronomer, Sky Guide ($1.99, iOs) teaches you how to spot constellations, planets, and even satellites simply by pointing your smartphone towards the sky. It even makes stars more visible in an overcast sky and works practically anywhere, even if you don’t have a data signal.

For the roadtrippers…

Along the Way ($2.99, iOs) works equally well for discovering attractions and sights during road trips or finding the nearest coffee shop or gas station on the average day. But what’s really great about it is that it points out desired destinations directly on your route instead of taking you way off course.

When you want to escape the hustle and bustle…

Studies show that time spent in nature reduces the effects of stress and depression and improves overall well being. Clueless where to go? Look to RootsRated (free, iOs) to get the inside scoop on local swimming holes, trails, bike routes and other outdoor adventures. The detailed guides provide practical info (how to find it, where to park) as well as thorough reviews and expertise straight from in-the-know experts.

And as always, if you find yourself with a cracked screen anytime this summer, iCracked will be there to fix it any time, any place. Home, swimming pool, BBQ or campsite, you can count on us to bring your device back to life so your summer doesn’t skip a beat.

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