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If you happen to have a map with you, find the location on the map and match it with your surrounding area to be sure. If there are others with you, ensure that they know where they are as well; a basic principle you would do well to stick to. Remember who in your group has the map and compass, and should misfortune befall the person who has the map and compass, remember to take it from them. Pay attention to exactly where you are and where you are going.

Don’t rely on other to keep track of the route. Always try to determine the following.

• The closest inhabited areas
• The location of water sources
• Areas that proved proper shelter against the elements

Having this information at hand will allow you to make good decisions in a survival situation.

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