Help yourself find your way around the outdoors. Planning your route on a map is one thing, but knowing where to go when you’re out there is a whole other matter. It is essential that you know how to find your way to your destination, and even more important to know how to make it home.

he skills of navigation involve knowing where you are, where you want to go, and how to get there. Various tools help this process. A map, compass, and watch are basic; an altimeter and a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver are useful extras. However, no tool substitutes for map-reading skills

Laminate your map / keep it dry in a clear plastic bag. Keep your map handy so you can refer to it frequently, particularly when moving through unfamiliar or untracked areas.

  • Maps are used for many different purposes so they differ in size, scale, and the type of information shown. Some show only specific features such as roads and towns; others such as topographical maps provide more detailed information.
  • Use a pencil to write on a map or plot a bearing on it. On laminated maps, you need a pen that will write on the lamination.