Map & Compass: A Must Have In Your Bug Out Bag

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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  1. Chris Crossley - June 6, 2013, 9:47 AM Reply

    When I attended a Land Navigation Course, sponsored by the US Army. We were issued 1:24000 scale US forestry maps of the States we were navigating in. They provided good detail of natural and manmade features. Showed good detail of elevation (contour lines were in feet). The maps had good marginal information showing the GM angle, Lat and Long, and map sheet diagram to show adjoining map sheet numbers and the relative position of the map in the State.
    The USDA Forest Service offers them for sale.

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