Wilderness Communications Equipment

Communication in the wilderness is a matter of survival and convenience. Before even leaving home, communications must begin. Our first two communications tips do not even require equipment or gadgets.

Tip #1

Ensure that somebody knows when you are leaving, when you get to your destination (if you can), and when you expect to return to your destination). Provide as much information about your route as possible.

Rocks can fall on your head while hiking. Boats can tip over while fishing. Firearms can malfunction while hunting. Bad things happen to good people every day. So somebody needs to know that you are late arriving home, and where to send search parties to go hunting for you.

Tip #2

The second tip is to never head into the wilderness alone. Just as one should never go swimming without a swimming buddy, nor should one go long-distance cycling or hiking. The same applies to hunting, camping, or fishing in a remote area without a buddy.

Tip #3

Assuming you are still conscious, it helps to have some communications equipment while hunting, fishing, or camping.

Cell Phone

Then, of course, the ever-popular cell phone brings instant communications to almost anywhere in the world, except maybe your wilderness trek.

But there are many places where cell phone range covers your fishing lake or hunting woods. The best part about a cell phone is that, even in the wilderness, you can have utterly regular conversations with pretty well anybody.

Two Way Radio

A two-way radio is a much surer piece of equipment because it does not depend on the cellular phone network to connect. The downside is that you get to speak to a much narrower range of people: other two-way radio owners.


Kept a very loud whistle hanging from your neck. If you are trapped under a tree, pinned down by a boulder, or wrestling a grizzly bear, you might not have the reach or the attention span to dial a number. If anybody is within earshot, they will come running.

Tip #4

Our final tip might seem obvious, but make sure you know where to call. Have the emergency number taped to the back of the cell phone (ignore your wife’s idea of tattooing it to your forehead; where would you find a mirror in the middle of a ravine?) and make sure you know what frequency to call for help on the two-way radio.

Final Thoughts

There you have it. You are prepared to go out into the wild and communicate. Make sure to prepare, to have the right hunting equipment or fishing gear for communicating, and know how to use it all in an emergency.