As an avid outdoors person often wondering miles from roads and climbing big mountains, I own a Personal Locator Beacon and I believe carrying it on adventures is an absolute must.
A personal locator beacon, fairly new tech, is probably the most incredible piece of safety tech you can buy today. A PLB is essentially emergency help button device. Pressing the button sends an SOS with your GPS location via satellite link to government agencies. The US Coast Guard, Air Force, and SARSAT will receive the SOS. One of them will dispatch local search and rescue to your transmitted location.
The device is merely a tool to send a message of distress. It’s equivalent to calling 911 for help, but it works anywhere, outside of cell, wifi, even CB radio range. You don’t get any special treatment for owning the device. This is NOT press-a-button-and-a-helicopter-miraculously-saves-you tool (though helicopter rescues are fairly common). A local SAR will decide to how to safely access you. Response time in remote wilderness areas can vary from hours to days, depending on weather, daylight and location, so immediate medical attention and survival skills are still necessary when waiting for help.
You can be sure SAR will send you a bill later, but doesn't matter if your life relies on it. Oh, and a very large fine if you were lazy and didn't make every reasonable attempt to save yourself before pressing the button. And even bigger fines if it’s a false SOS.
What kind of PLB do you have? If you don't have one, why not?