Being out in the wild is a remarkable experience that everyone should go through at least once in their lifetime. And while traveling in Ukraine, you will have many opportunities for this type of tourism, especially if you visit the Ukrainian Carpathians. Whether you are going on a one-off trek or you are a regular trekker or hiker, you likely prioritize staying connected and safe during such a journey.
Having a smartphone on a trek is smart because you can use your phone to call for help or get directions. You can use other useful apps on a trek, such as compass apps or flashlight apps.
The issue is that your smartphone may quickly lose charge on a trek, especially if you are planning to spend the whole day or multiple days in the wilderness. Below are four tips to help you maintain a smartphone charge during your journey.
Keep Your Phone on Airplane Mode
A lot of people are not aware that when they spend time in the wilderness, they are likely very far away from the nearest cell phone tower. That means your phone will struggle to get a good signal, which can cause its battery to drain quickly.
If you are hiking for two hours, you may be surprised to look at your phone after that time and notice that it has lost 10 or 15 percent of its battery. Such behavior is not common for a smartphone, but you can easily remedy the issue.
All you have to do is keep your phone on Airplane Mode when you are not expecting a call or planning to get in touch with anyone. As soon as you want to use your phone or become reachable, you can turn off Airplane Mode, and your phone will connect to the closest tower to get a signal.
Avoid Excessive Phone Use
If you are out hiking for an entire day or planning an overnight trip, using your phone for more than five or ten minutes at a time is not advisable. Not only are you preventing yourself from having fun and being immersed in your surroundings, but you will be eating up the phone’s battery very quickly.
Limit your smartphone use to looking at a map, changing the music on your headphones, or getting in touch with someone in an emergency. Any other use can wait, especially checking your social media apps.
If your phone is in your pocket and on Airplane Mode, you can likely get many days of use from a single charge. Even if you are streaming offline music to headphones, such use does not take up nearly as much battery as having the screen on and the phone in full use.
Use a Battery Pack
One of the great gadgets to go mainstream from the past ten years is the battery pack. Such a device is a portable charger that you can keep in your backpack or pocket anytime you may want to charge your smartphone.
If you are planning a trip that lasts more than a day, you should invest in a 20,000 mAh battery pack. Such an external battery should have enough capacity to charge your smartphone several times without any problems. All you need is a fully charged battery pack, a cable that connects to the external battery and your phone, and you are all set.
Battery packs have become a lot lighter and sleeker in the past few years. If weight is a serious concern, get a 10,000 mAh pack. Those who do not mind carrying a bit of extra weight for peace of mind should invest in a 20,000 mAh model instead.
If you are planning a very long trip, you may even want to invest in a solar-powered battery pack. Such external batteries can charge when left in the sun, giving you an almost unlimited number of charges on your phone during the journey.
Keep Track of the Battery Percentage
Continue to monitor your smartphone usage and battery percentage throughout your trek or hike. If you are only out for half a day, the concern is much less. However, a full-day or multi-day trip could result in your phone running out of power if you are not careful.
If you need to use your phone throughout the trip, you can keep it plugged into the battery pack. That keeps the phone at near full capacity until your external battery runs out of juice.
Even if you are only planning to use your phone infrequently on the trip, keep an eye on its battery percentage. If you notice any sudden drops, you may have forgotten to turn on Airplane Mode, or the phone may have rebooted and attempted to connect to a cell tower.
Enjoy Your Trek and Stay Safe
Having your smartphone charged and on your person during a trek is not about clinging onto social media or other applications. You need a smartphone during a hike or trek because of safety reasons.
Whether you need to call 101 (the rescue service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Ukraine), get in touch with a friend or family member, or find your way to a safe place, you can use your smartphone during times of crisis. That is why maintaining a charge on your phone is so vital during outdoor excursions.
The above tips will ensure that you always have enough charge on your smartphone to send a text message, make a phone call, or use apps for directions, light, or other purposes.