Map & Compass: A Must Have In Your Bug Out Bag
This one should be a given… make sure you have a map of your local area and province / state and a good quality compass in your kit. I would also include a topographical map so that you can see better land features, elevations, marshes and streams so you know where to go or what areas to avoid.
For those of you who have no experience trekking / navigation in the woods, you have no idea how easy it is to get lost. All you have to do is walk for 15 minutes, spin yourself around a few times and you’ve completely lost your orientation. If you plan on coming back to where you started, it would also be a good idea to keep a roll of orange trail marking tape with you and mark trees along the way so you can find your way back. If your are in a survival situation like in the movie “The Road”, marking your trail would be a real stupid thing to do.
Use your common sense and learn how to read a map properly and how to use a compass. You never know when you’ll depend on them to save your life!
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