How Can a Cell Phone Help You Survive?
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, we’re left with the question of what a cell phone can do to help us survive. First of all, I’m going to lay some restrictions down. While the number one use of a cell phone in a survival situation would be to call for help, I’m going to assume that we can’t do that. So, we need other ways in which the cell phone can be of help to us.
That’s still a rather impressive list:
Flashlight (although I prefer using a tactical light)
Compass (download an app)
GPS – To help us find our way home
Topographical maps – Download them free from the USGS for whatever area you’re in and keep it on your phone.
Survival guide – I don’t know about you, but my memory isn’t perfect. Having something in writing or in pictures can be very useful. Take snares as an example. While I’ve built snares before, I don’t do it often enough to remember every design I’ve ever seen. So, I’ve downloaded pictures of snares onto my phone, put them in a collection, and have them available for reference.
Wild plant identification – This is another really important guide to download. There is food all around us, but most of us don’t recognize it. Rather than trying to memorize what the various plants look like, I’ve got a regional guide for edible plants on my phone.
Camera – I use the camera to take pictures along my back trail, when I’m in wild country. That way, I’ll have a reference as to how it looks, when I’m going back.
Selfies – Yes, there really is a survival use for the selfie. That is, taking a picture of yourself, so that you can check your health. You can’t see all of your body with your eyes, but you can get your phone in place to take a picture.
My cell phone has become something that can help me to survive.
Till next time, keep your powder dry and your cell phone close at hand… oh, that was supposed to be survival gear. Well, you know what I mean,
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