The Best Walkie Talkies for Places with No Phone Service

No cell service? No problem, with these resourceful two-way radio sets.

walkie talkie
No cell service can be a big problem when you’re enjoying an off-the-beaten-path adventure.Shutterstock

Some people may not think of it in the age of smartphones, but walkie talkies can be incredibly useful when traveling. Say you’re on a remote island without cell reception, or on a cruise ship that charges costly WiFi service. Or, maybe you’re even traveling abroad and your carrier doesn’t offer an international package. In these instances, a set of two-way radios can be a lifesaver for checking in with your traveling companions.

Motorola T100TP
Keeps the whole family in touch.Amazon

With a range that goes up to 16 miles and 22 channels, you’ll have peace of mind that your family is safe and connected. Simple, compact and easy-to-use, these two-way radios are great for anything from traveling places without cell service or just at the playground, hiking, enjoying a picnic in the park.

Wishouse
Your kids will love them.Amazon

Staying in contact with mom and dad will be that much more fun with a brightly colored set of two-way radios specifically designed for the small hands of a child. With a three-mile range, this is the perfect set to call your kids to dinner from a friend’s house or backyard and can also come in handy when traveling to a resort or cruise. And with the ability to handle drops up to four feet, the sturdy construction can take literally what your kids can throw at it.

DEWALT
Great for long-range communication.Amazon

These professional-grade two-way radios are built tough for a variety of on-site business applications, from construction and warehouse to hotel front desks, restaurants, and grocery stores. With one watt of power providing up to 250,000 square feet—or, 20 floors—of long-distance signal range with 2,662 channel combinations, these two-way radios are also a great option for hotels and cruise ships.