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08/01/2018 / By Frances Bloomfield
The compass is one of the most basic yet most essential survival tools there is. Knowing how to use a compass will ensure that you rarely get lost, if at all. If you’re one of those folks who treat a compass like an extension of your being, then more power to you, friend. But if you just so happen to be in the camp that can’t make heads or tails of a compass, don’t worry. Using a compass is easy, and we’re going to show you how. (h/t to BioPrepper.com)
First and foremost, you’re going to need a compass. There is no shortage of compasses on the market so you’ve got a lot to choose from. Not all compasses are made the same, however. Quite a few are more suitable for survival than others. (Related: Basic mistakes of wilderness survival and how to avoid them.)
You’ll know that a particular compass is what you need if it has:
Once you have your compass, it’s time to learn how to properly use it.
And those are the basics of compass reading. Even if you’re equipped with the newest and most sophisticated GPS available, you should still know how to use a compass. Our ancestors managed to traverse across expansive horizons with these little devices, and you may have to do so as well if push comes to shove.
Learn other important and useful survival skills by going to Survival.news today.
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