Camping has changed. No longer is a camping trip simply sitting by a campfire with friends and family. Today’s campers no longer want to just stay by the campsite. Campers want to explore. Getting off of the main path and finding a secluded campsite is now common. Before you gather everybody up for your next camping trip though, remember to be safe.
Portable GPS Units
The “great outdoors” is a large place, and knowing where you are and having a clear set of directions are essential for safety. Getting lost is easy and navigating by the sun’s position or stars is a talent few people have, so owning a portable GPS unit is a must for every camper. GPS units can be used for several different applications including,
- find routes to landmarks
- find a campsite
- provide directions when lost.
With a GPS unit on your next great camping adventure, you will always know where your campsite is.
How a GPS Systems Works and What to Look For in One:
A portable GPS or recreational GPS receives signals from satellites, just as an automobile’s GPS system does. Depending on the number of satellites relaying information at the time, the unit’s accuracy can be up to a few feet of your position.
When looking for a recreational navigation system, remember that there are different types of GPS systems geared for certain sports. Some units are designed for runners, cyclists, or hikers. For campers though, a GPS system designed for hikers has some applications that are both fun and useful:
- uses Google Earth to revisit your hike throughout the day
- shows the total elevation gained or lost
- average daily hiking speed
- time spent stopping as well as time spent moving.
Other Features to Look For:
A navigation system should also be accurate. Without accurate directions, getting lost is still a dangerous possibility. Being able to access any information quickly and easily is important, as well as having plenty of memory storage for routes, way stops, and more. The design (the shape and size) is another important factor when purchasing the unit. Making sure that it is both practical to carry and easy to read are key.
Taking care of the unit is essential to its continual use, and keeping it dry is essential. Some units come with a waterproof case for outdoor use. To help keep it dry, it is recommended to keep the unit in the case when not in use.
Don’t get lost again. Begin your next camping trip with a GPS system and always know where your campsite is.