Why Every Traveler Should Have A GoTenna

GoTenna communication device

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Why Every Explorer Should Have A GoTenna

Being avid campers, hikers, and travelers we’re always looking for technology to make our lives easier. That’s why when we were introduced to GoTenna, we fell in love with the ability to use GPS without the internet.

The GoTenna device pairs with your smartphone via Bluetooth and allows you to communicate by text message and GPS location to others without a cell signal. It also allows you to download maps to any country and use GPS without the internet. This is a must-have for going off-grid – especially while hiking and camping.

GoTenna Features

Backpack with GoTenna
  • The small compact size that is perfect for travel.
  • No batteries needed! The GoTenna device is fully rechargeable.
  • Send and receive text messages without internet access.
  • Share your GPS location on detailed offline maps even without service.
  • Save maps to your device in order to have access to maps.
  • Encrypted 1-to-1 & group messaging.
  • “Shout” broadcasts for anyone within range for emergency situations.
  • GoTenna works globally!

Our Experience With GoTenna

Hiking & Camping

Kallsy and I tend to enjoy taking the path less traveled when hiking and most of the time it’s proven to be worth it. However, there have been times when we’ve gotten lost and thus, our GoTenna has come to the rescue and it’s handy ability to use GPS without the internet.

Once we were hiking up Taum Sauk Mountain in Missouri and wandered from each other. Cell service was spotty and we were trying to find a waterfall that we had seen online (little did we know the water was dried up so no waterfall would be found). We used our GoTenna devices to stay in touch while on the trail.

Crowded Cities

If you’ve ever been to a music festival or crowded city you’ll know that even with tons of cell towers, cell service can be a bust. We’ve parted ways while finding parking, grabbing a seat at a local bar or dining establishment, and have used our GoTenna devices to send a quick text to each other.

Do you travel frequently? Enjoy hiking or camping? Visit crowded cities where cell service becomes limited? If you said yes to any of these questions a GoTenna would be perfect for your lifestyle!

So what do you think? How could you benefit from having a GoTenna that allows you to use GPS without the internet?

Disclaimer: We received two GoTenna devices in exchange for our honest review.  As always opinions are our own.

Are you an avid camper or hiker? Do you travel frequently? Visit crowded cities? Having a GoTenna is sure to make your life easier by providing you with detailed offline maps and GPS without internet, the ability to save maps to your device, and share your location with others.


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    March 21, 2017 at 10:30 AM

    Wow!! That thing looks awesome. I had never even heard of a goTenna before now. We are huge hikers too and travel in our travel trailer to a lot of places that don’t get good service. This would be a lifesaver! Thanks for sharing!

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    Tracy Chong
    March 22, 2017 at 12:19 AM

    Think it will be useful for my trekking trip to Papua. But, not sure if it is available in Indonesia.Will try to find out. Thanks for the information 🙂

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    March 24, 2017 at 5:51 PM

    Never seen this device before but it looks great – I’m so often hiking in places with little reception, it would come in really handy. I’ll soon be overloading in Africa so will definitely be looking into if it will work there. Thanks for sharing

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    March 25, 2017 at 12:06 AM

    This was very interesting! I don’t think I have ever heard of this device. For the maps I usually use Google Maps saved offline, but for text messaging this could be very very good! Especially on hiking since you never know when you need help.

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    March 25, 2017 at 9:52 AM

    I have never heard before of GoTennaa and it has so many useful features! I need to buy one, definitely! What a great device is!!

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    Janine Good
    March 26, 2017 at 9:32 AM

    That is such a handy device! I like the fact that no batteries are needed and you don’t need a WIFI signal to download maps. We may consider these should we go camping or have an adventure soon!

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    March 27, 2017 at 9:14 AM

    Although I am not the hiking type I love what this device can do. I had not heard about it prior to reading this post but it sounds awesome! I will share this – very helpful for so many who may not know about it.

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