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How to Navigate and Find Your Way Back Without a Map or Compass

Imagine that you’re stuck in the wilderness – how would you find your way?

The textbook answer is to use a map and a compass. If you have those, and know how to use them, you’re all set! But let’s say you didn’t bring those (I’m sure you will next time though, right?), what would you do?


Smartphones and GPS systems are unreliable. What if the battery is flat or you can’t get a signal?

We’ve previously covered how to navigate using the stars, which will help you to find your way in the dark. In the video below you can pick up a few more tips on how to predict your direction without technology.

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Remember that knowledge and experience are the two most important tools you have for survival. Make sure you know basic navigation and survival training.

A good resource for that is our very own site:, but if you’re looking for a guide that will help your survive anything anywhere (and also fits in your backpack), the SAS Survival Handbook is your new best friend.

>> Read more reviews and pick up the book here (there's a reason why it's the number 1 best selling survival book on Amazon)

For your next trip, we’ve covered how to use a map and compass here at Readytribe. It’s an essential skill!

Featured photo by David, CC. Contextual photo by ‘mikou07kougou’, CC

Written by Jeffrey Webb

I’ve been a consultant in the oil industry for most of my professional life. Since retiring a few years back, I’ve been spending my time traveling the world with my wife. I have always had a passion for travel and living abroad— maybe from working in oil fields all over the world? I guess it’s hard to settle down and do nothing after all these years.

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