Survival situations, including bug out situations, never happen on a planned schedule. Otherwise, you would have plenty of warning to be prepared. Unfortunately, this means that you could find yourself in a situation in which you need to find your way home (or elsewhere) without your trusty map, compass, or GPS handy.
Fortunately, “primitive navigation,” while a less-used art these days, has never completely disappeared.
Simple directional concepts such as east and west are easy enough to work with, so long as the sun is not directly overhead, to give you a general directional guide.
Alternately, as evening comes, you can gain a reference point for navigation by locating and using the North Star, which is the last star in the handle of the Big Dipper constellation in the night sky.
An additional idea suggested by Jim Cobb is
“Most satellite TV systems utilize satellites that sit in geosynchronous orbit above the Earth’s equator. Therefore, most satellite dishes in the United States will face in a southerly direction. Might be southeast, might be directly south, might be southwest, but knowing that much might be just enough to get you moving in the right general direction.”
You can get more ideas for successful primitive navigation here.
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