At The Dyrt, we share camping tips from our community of campers and campgrounds. With so many campers staying home, we continue to share this info so you can plan future camping trips across the U.S.

It’s never fun to lose your cell phone signal, and it always seems to happen just as you lose sight of your hiking buddy. It’s even worse when you’re in a sticky situation and realize you can’t reach anyone for help. If only you had access to some sort of cell phone booster!

goTenna Helps You Keep in Touch in the Wilderness

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The goTenna is an innovative option for staying connected in the wild. It’s about the same size as a granola bar, but it offers a lot of peace of mind.

GoTenna acts as a cell phone booster, enabling you to send texts and GPS coordinates by turning your otherwise out of commission phone into its own tiny signal tower. And because they’re sold in pairs, you know your messages have a recipient — the GoTenna will even glow as a read receipt.





The goTenna has a range of 1-3 miles on its own, but the more users in your network, the further a message can go. Unlike walkie talkies, you don’t have to worry about finding an open channel or burning through batteries. GoTenna allows public or private communication, and it charges off a USB cable.


Basically, you can pop your phone into WiFi mode to save battery life, switch on Bluetooth, and keep in touch with your group, even if you split up or run into trouble. GoTenna simplifies backwoods communication without weighing you down.

 

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  • Meghan O'Dea

    Meghan O'Dea

    Meghan O'Dea is a writer, world traveler, and life-long learner who grew up in the foothills of Appalachia. College led to summer stints in England and Slovenia, grad school to a sojourn Hong Kong, and curiosity to everywhere in between. She has written for the Washington Post, Fortune Magazine, Yoga Journal, Eater Magazine, and Uproxx amongst others. Meghan hopes to visit all seven continents with pen and paper in tow.