It is always good to know the direction you are heading – whether you are hiking, on a road trip or lost somewhere (in the woods, at sea, etc.)
Directional bearings give you a sense of where you are headed, even if it is only in a general sense.
In a survival situation, they allow you to fixate on landmarks as well as ensure that you are headed generally towards safety.
The last thing you want to do is spend hours walking in the wrong direction, particularly if you are lost in a wilderness setting.
Not only is it a waste of time, in some cases, it can make your rescue much less likely and in the worst case, remove any realistic chance you have to get to safety.
That means you need to know how to read a compass and you have to have the right type of compass to read!
On the next page, we cover compass basics.