My Top 10 Backpacking Tips – Tip #2 (Bring a Handheld GPS Device or Compass)

Now that you’ve decided the location where you are going backpacking and you’ve made sure you have a site reserved and permission to navigate the territory, we recommend you follow Tip #2.

Tip #2 – Bring a Handheld GPS Device and/or a Compass

Garmin Rino 120 GPS/GMRS/FRS Handheld GPS

Garmin Rino 120 GPS/GMRS/FRS Handheld GPS

Study maps of the campground and the surrounding area before you go on your big backpacking trip.  Select routes you would like to explore.  Determine if you’re going to navigate the territory by just hiking or whether you will also be canoeing, biking, climbing,or four wheeling.  If you’re new to the area or traveling with kids, don’t try to go too far.  Remember, less-popular camp grounds usually mean you’ll see fewer people and have an easier time finding a campsite.  When choosing a route, consider your ability, and length of time you’ll be out.  Don’t over extend yourself and others; especially if you or any of your family and friends with you is new to backpacking.

One great way to learn the lay of the land is to get a Garmin Rino 120 GPS/GMRS/FRS.  One of the things I like to do and that you might want to try is visiting the campground well in advance of your planned trip.  Scout the area and make decisions in advance about which areas you will be navigating 1st, 2nd and 3rd.  It’s funny how you see different things and think differently when your not rushed and excited.

Bring a camera and take pictures of the area in advance so you can refer back to them and share them with others later.  And don’t forget to bring your Garmin Rino 120 GPS/GMRS/FRS handheld GPS with you. If you can’t afford to buy a handheld GPS device, always bring a compass.


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