LPT: If you’re planning to go hiking in an area where you may have poor cell phone reception, download the offline map data of the area through Google maps before hand. If you get lost and lose cell reception, you can still use the phone’s GPS and downloaded map data to navigate back to safety.

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Side tip, let someone know where you’re going and how long you might be gone. You never know what might happen in the wilderness.


While this isn’t a bad idea, hard copies as backups are absolutely essential. You can print and laminate the satellite imagery from Google Earth complete with grid lines.


If there’s no cellular reception, turn off the cellular antenna and radio to save on battery. Phones burn a lot of battery just searching for a cell signal.


Excellent tip! I do this all the time when I travel!