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Dangers Of Cell Phone Coverage In The Wild

Phone can be dangerous because we rely on them too much and when we are out of range or battery dies we get lost in the wilderness.

Cell phones have been one of the most widely used technological devices that people have been making use of.

They can carry them around anywhere they want since they are small, mobile, and growing sleeker every single day. When people go out to hike, some of them prefer to leave their cell phones back home entirely as they feel like it would ruin their experience.

Being surrounded by raw nature is something most people do not get to do every day and they prefer not to ruin their experience by having their gadgets around.

On the other hand, some feel like having a cell phone can be an additional safety measure if they happen to veer off the track and get lost somehow.

They could either call someone if there is any coverage at all or use the in-built GPS to find their way back. Cell phones are known to have certain dangers especially in the wilderness and before hiking, you should certainly be aware of them.



False Sense Of Security:

We all have started relying on our phones so much even you would be aware of how dependent we are on them for pretty much everything.

This means that though everything is now far more convenient, not all of us focus on basic skills that just may end up saving our lives because we feel as though not all hope is lost as long as we have our phone. Imagine that you are in the wilderness surrounded by trees that all look alike.

You do not know how to get out or what direction to go in. Your phone coverage is barely there and it is rapidly losing charge. If you cannot rely on it to get you out, what do you do?

You probably did not learn basic skills like finding out which way is north naturally simply because you always had a GPS or Google Maps on your phone. This would end up in a pretty disastrous situation that just may even turn fatal if you cannot find food and water and stay stuck in the forest.

Your phone will not come to your aid at that point but important life-saving skills just might like making your own compass and foraging for basic supplies like food and water.

The unfortunate part is that people also start taking more risks because they feel completely invincible with their gadgets at the ready all the time.

Otherwise, you might not feel daring enough to leave the track but with the hope that your phone has a GPS anyway, you just might go for it, effectively putting yourself in danger if there is not enough coverage.



What You Should Do Instead:

You must never rely completely on any one thing and instead branch out a little. Technology though may be wonderful and make life a whole lot easier, cannot always be trusted.

Batteries could urn out, coverage could be practically non-existent and you just might trip and accidentally smash it on a rock. In all such situations, what you can count on is non-digital equipment such as maps.

Even if you do not have coverage it will be no problem at all because the map will help you locate where the actual track is so you can trek all the way there with relative ease. You should also try to learn some basic survival skills that you just might unexpectedly find a use for if any emergency arises without warning.

It is always smart to be prepared beforehand rather than waiting for danger to strike you down and leave you crumbling.

Now that you know just how dangerous it is relying only on your cell phone to get you out of trouble, you are much better prepared for whatever comes your way.

If you go out hiking it is always better to be well-equipped and have food and water to last you for a number of days so that you do not run out if a problem arises. Do not just work hard, work smart as well and there will be no issue you cannot deal with and solve in a matter of minutes.

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