There are countless reasons for getting off the grid: a love of nature, a want of self-sufficiency, a hatred of every neighbor you’ve ever encountered. No matter your reason or the length of your stay beyond the bounds of society, there are a few on-the-grid perks you might want, or need, to maintain. The ability to communicate with your camp cohorts and reach emergency services is one of those essentials.
The Garmin inReach Mini is a lightweight and hard-wearing satellite communicator. With two-way messaging via a global satellite network, optional weather forecast service, and downloadable maps, it puts everything you need to stay in touch with the information and people that matter in the palm of your hand. Should events take a turn for the worse, an interactive SOS can be sent to a 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center to get you or your family the help that you need. At 4” x 2” and weighing in at 3.5 oz, it stows easily in your pack or pocket so you can forget it’s even there until you need it. – $350