Saturday, January 19, 2013

Plan for Trip Planning Application

One of my original purposes in starting MN was to help people plan canoe trips to the BWCA and Quetico. A lot of the tools that I have created (such as the interactive map, campsite database, and RouteFinder application) are resources that people can use to plan trips. Each of these tools, though, is part of a much grander plan that I have for a trip planning application. Each of these tools will be integrated into an application that will help you plan your trips from beginning to end.

Features that I have in mind:
  • Planning checklist - check off each step of the planning process
  • Selecting an outfitter (if desired) - will have contact information for various outfitters
  • Customizable gear lists - will have a default list that can be customized to your needs
  • Customizable food lists, including calculating amounts needed
  • Choosing a route - using the RouteFinder, campsite database, and other tools
  • Information on what maps to buy for your selected route
  • Information on campsites in the area
  • Information on lakes you plan on going through, including lake depth maps and fishing information if available
  • Print all trip plan information with the click of a button
  • Ability to share your trip plan with others
  • Have the trip plan linked to your trip report after it is written
  • Input food consumption data after the trip to help plan future trips
Are there any features you would like to see? Please feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts.

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