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Global Positioning System

“If you know where you are, you’re not lost.”  And knowing where you are is extremely important in any sort of crisis situation especially if your survival depends on it.  Global Positioning System (GPS) units are able to show you where you are and can also help you navigate to where you want to go.  The ones I am recommending to you below are small, light weight, not that expensive, and can be operated with just one hand.

Garmin eTrex H Handheld GPS Navigator

The Garmin eTrex H is a good quality, affordable battery powered GPS (with a four-level gray LCD display) which can locate your position quickly and help you find your way.  It only weighs 5.3 ounces, and its dimensions are 1.2″ by 2″ by 4.4″ which allow you to hold it in the palm of your hand.  The operating buttons are located on the side of the GPS so you can operate it with just one hand.  It is also waterproof and has a one year warranty.  Its memory allows you to store up to 500 waypoints and also allows you to backtrack back to your original starting point.  It runs on 2 AA batteries which allow up to 17 hours of operation.  This GPS was awarded a 4.1 out of 5 stars rating by Amazon customers.  Note: Initial satellite locating by the GPS can take up to 3 hours but is a one-time occurrence.

Garmin eTrex Venture HC GPS Receiver

The Garmin eTrex Venture is a good quality affordable battery powered GPS with a 256-level color display.  It is light weight (5.4 ounces) – it can easily be held and operated with one hand, its dimensions are 1.2″ by 2″ by 4.4″, and its waterproof.  It has 24 megabytes of internal memory so you can load waypoints and your routes.  It has a very, very basic and limited built-in basemap, but is USB compatible for high-speed map downloads.  It operates on two AA batteries which provide power to the GPS for up to 14 hours.  This GPS has a 1 year warranty and was awarded 3.9 out of 5 stars by Amazon customers.  Most of the criticism of this GPS concerned its extremely basic built-in basemap and its limitations.

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