Getting the most out of your Cell Phone and GPS when Traveling

cell phoneCell phones, we all them and use them daily; but they're not much good to you when you travel if you leave home without them being fully charged! How many of you have tried to reach a friend or family member for an urgent purpose while they were on vacation and not been able to reach them. People toss the phone in their pockets and purses without checking to make sure it is FULLY charged. Yes, I know most of us don't need to charge the phone daily; you might not reach your destination as planned (due to unforeseen delays) in order to plug in. You might reach your destination during a storm and electrical outage. No electric leaves you no ability to plug in and recharge.
  • Fully charge your cell phone and your bluetooth before you leave home
  • If traveling by car, use your bluetooth it's far safer than reaching for your cell phone
  • Pack your charger for both your cell phone and your bluetooth in your carry on bag if you're traveling by plane. That way, if you're delayed you'll have necessary plugs and hopefully have the ability to plug in, if necessary
  • Pack your car charger for your cell phone. If you're traveling by car this is a MUST. It can charge while your touring around and it doesn't rely on being near an electrical outlet. If you're traveling by plane, it's handy if you're going to rent a car as well.
  • Add phone numbers to your hotels BEFORE you leave home. You don't want fumble around looking for a phone number should you need to alter your reservations. If you need directions to their locations you have the number at your finger tips.
The cell phone really is more then an entertainment piece, it is truly a tool--a safety tool at that. Add your emergency contacts to your cell phone BEFORE you hit the road.

Garmin GPSGPS....love mine, and use it all the time. I feel safer having one. You can use them to find your way from point A to point B, certainly. You can also use it to find where to get gas, where to get food near where you are.
  • Make sure your GPS is FULLY charged before you leave home
  • Make your car charger. You can use it in your personal care or your rental
  • Add the names, phone numbers, and addresses of your hotels, airports and wherever you know you'll be traveling ahead of time.
  • Don't leave your GPS visible in your car. Put it in your purse, carry on type bag, out of site perhaps in the glove box. Leaving this visible in the car is an invitation to theft.
Remember, a GPS may not be aware of detours or new roads. Though there are GPS's that give you the updates; it's my experience it's not the model most of us have.

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  1. Another important tip regarding cell phones...for awhile there was a campaign on this but I think it sorta died but it certainly doesn't hurt. In case of a serious accident or emergency, if you enter ICE (in case of emergency) in front of the name you want the person to be contacted, hopefully, officials will press "I" in your address book and the name will show up. I have my daughters listed this way.

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  2. am yet to get one but with my holiday travel i thk i should.

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  3. More great tips! I keep my charger in my carry on just in case too!

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  4. Great tips. I rarely use my cell other than to make long distance calls and to have on me in case of emergency. I have to add that that is a picture of MY cell phone and we also have the very same GPS.

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  5. I seem to be the cell phone queen. Never leave home without it and charge it every night. Keep a charger in the car just in case of a battery shortage too! I LOVE MY CELL PHONE AND I DON'T TEXT! I do have a bluetooth that I almost always use!

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  6. Awesome tips! Comprehensive post!

    I learned a lot, Sandy. Thanks for this. Hope you are having a fantastic day!

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  7. Another important thing is to keep emergency numbers on speed dials so that we can easily make calls. Always keep your backpacker insurance with you(if any) so that you can seek help in any case.

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