How to Navigate Anywhere Even Without Cell Service

Cell service is more of a luxury than people realize. You never think about it until you lose it. So, when “No Service” pops up in the corner of your phone screen, it’s a splash of cold water to the face.

Especially if you happen to be traveling in unfamiliar areas!

But luckily, as with all things, there’s no need to worry if you prepare for these situations with backup navigation plans.

If you’re at risk of losing service on a trip, it’s best to turn toward physical and electronic maps. Paper ones, naturally, are a safe and smart solution as you don’t have to worry about service or your phone battery.

If you feel more comfortable getting around with a device, open map apps or downloaded instructions should be enough to combat unstable service as well.

This graphic offers more tips on navigating without cell service (even without maps!).