Forest Navigator

Recently, hunters, fishermen, tourists, and even mushroom pickers are increasingly using the navigator to hike in the forest or go to the pond. The fact that this convenient and functional gadget will not let you get lost is understandable. But after all, it can be noted on it the usual fish stands, and mushroom places, so that next year the basket and the cage do not remain empty.

Travel navigators for hiking in the forest

Navigator Benefits

There are, of course, all kinds of applications for androids, phones, smartphones, tablets and other devices, but, firstly, it’s a little difficult to choose the best option from among them, and even if it works out, they can fail in a long trip. Charges for the phone are not installed on a birch or pine, and at the crucial moment your gadget may simply refuse to work. A good navigator not only keeps the charge much longer, but makes it possible to quickly change the battery and generally put ordinary batteries. In addition, all these applications will not provide such a volume of necessary and useful information as a navigator for hiking in the forest.

Types of Travel Navigators

Separation to the commonplace is understandable, which is good.

  • Simple. Black and white low-functional navigators. Most of them do not even have the ability to download new maps. The maximum that they are capable of is to mark several points and lay a couple of routes on an existing map. It is not recommended to take them on a multi-day walking trip, but it is quite possible to mark mushroom spots around the summer cottage or favorite parking areas for large bream, carp or catfish.
  • Complicated. On these devices, there is literally room for imagination. But this space must be approached if not carefully, then very thought out. Here you will be offered not only a large selection of maps that can be constantly updated, but also an altimeter, compass, barometer and even a pedometer. Not to mention the construction of the route and remembering the already traveled path. Without certain skills, you can get confused.

Depending on what exactly you want from the purchased device and you need to choose. Mark a lake so as not to come from fishing without a catch, or stake out a small birch grove, where there are a lot of stumps - you do not need to overpay several times for this. And if you like to leave the benefits of civilization a couple of times a year and go out to admire unfamiliar forest expanses or picturesque mountains for one and a half to two weeks, then you should shake your wallet and choose an advanced multi-functional navigator for tourism.

Navigator for fishing and hunting

This question has already been highlighted somewhat above, so there is no point in repeating it. But still. Fishing and hunting are different. If you are engaged in these types of outdoor activities close to home, then soon a navigator will not be needed. But if you are setting off for a new body of water or in a completely unfamiliar forest - it is better to worry in advance so that your navigator has a map of this area with all the details and an approximate route to a couple of the nearest settlements.

Android navigation app

And we managed to touch on this issue, but here it’s worth a little decryption. There are a lot of navigation applications. If someone advised you on a certain thing, and you completely trust the adviser, it’s still worth it to drive such a navigator somewhat, after downloading to your android and always before going to the forest. In most cases, additional, but very useful features in the initial version are not available, and they will have to be downloaded and installed separately, not rarely for an additional fee. And most importantly, do not forget to make sure that the battery of the gadget is fully charged before going to the forest.

Navigator for hiking in the forest on android

IPhone Navigator

This option will be better than android. Firstly, because a good application updates online, and you will always know where you are. Secondly, the functionality of such applications is much better, and communication, if the satellite is connected at times better.

Navigator Garmin

The most affordable model of navigators among hunters, tourists, fishermen, mushroom pickers and just hikers. However, cheapness this time does not mean a lack of quality. The device fully meets almost all requests. Small size, which makes it easy to cope with it with one hand without connecting the other. The case is durable, waterproof and not slippery. The joystick is convenient even for working with gloves and has a locking function, which is very convenient in order not to accidentally knock down a route or other indicators. The battery is designed for uninterrupted operation for 20-24 hours. The device is equipped with all sorts of useful functions and additions. In the search for mushrooms, fish or the right path, this is a very good helper.

Travel navigators Garmin

Car navigator in the forest

Absolutely necessary device in the car, arguing with this is absolutely useless. He will definitely show you how to get to the forest and from that moment you can safely turn it off. It’s impossible to navigate the car navigator in the forest. And not only because the car will not go there, it will squeeze in some places. But because he is not programmed for it. It usually downloads a map of streets, squares, lanes and suburban highways. They can tell where it is better to go round the cork. Forests and the surface of the lake on car navigators is indicated by a solid blue or green spot, and for a mushroom picker or a fisherman they are like "white spots".

Car navigator in the forest

How to choose a navigator for hiking

Before you go to a specialized store, and in the store itself, you need to pay attention to some parameters of the selected device.

Physical parameters

The size and weight of the navigator plays an important role if you have a long walk ahead over rough terrain. Of course, he will not pull his hands or shoulders away, but the ideal option would be a device that fits in the palm of your hand and enters the most convenient pocket, from where you can easily get it at any time without slowing down. It should not be reminded that it should be well protected from moisture, dirt, dust and other troubles.


A color display is not only beautiful, but also much more practical in terms of reading and understanding the information displayed. However, there are two rather significant inconveniences. Such a screen eats a lot more energy, which means that you have to worry about additional batteries. On a sunny day, you will have to either look for a shaded corner or cover the screen with your hands, since contrast can play a very unpleasant joke. The disadvantages are not so significant, but anyway, if you plan to use the navigator not in long hiking trips, you can completely do with a black and white display.


For inveterate tourists who have many days of hiking ahead, the question of processor power is not worth it. The more powerful, the better, there is nothing to argue about. Standing in one place and waiting for the navigator to process information on such trips is not only boring, but you can also get out of the schedule.


The same principle applies here as with processor power. The larger the memory, the more maps can be loaded into the navigator. An ideal option would be a device that allows you to use additional media such as micro SD. Well, the minimum amount of memory should be 1 GB.


This is one of the first questions that the seller is asked when choosing a travel navigator. And again, the principle should be: the more the better. A device whose passport states that its charge lasts less than 15 hours should not even be considered. During a long hike, you will have to change the batteries more than once or twice, and drag them with you, and to the city because throwing out charging elements in the forest is harmful to nature, it’s not very pleasant.

Cartographic Features

In addition to the fact that the navigator shows you your location in a certain area, it’s good that it allows you to update the maps loaded into it. This will help to reduce the error of indicators and will enable the user to make the necessary adjustments.

Case and Case

The presence of a cover is desirable. Especially if during the trip the river crossings are planned, during which the ability to wet the luggage increases at times. And the navigator is also not safe from falling from a height or onto an untimely turned up stone. Even a high-quality case of the device itself can not withstand the overloads of a difficult tourist route, so that extra protection does not hurt.

The requirements for the case itself were described above, but it is worth repeating them:

  • Strength.
  • Tightness.
  • The presence of softening and anti-slip elements.

You can safely say that in some conditions you will appreciate your prudence.

It is better to go on a multi-day hiking trip with an experienced guide, or a person who has been to these places more than once and knows some of the signs and features of the terrain that allow you to quickly determine the location of the group and adjust the route in case of deviation from the intended paths.

However, a good tourist navigator can also help out. The main thing when buying is to adhere to the above parameters and requirements and before the trip thoroughly examine all the capabilities of the device, load all the necessary applications and functions into it and do a little exercise in a familiar area. And then your journey will not be overshadowed by an unexpected unfamiliar landscape, which, instead of striking with its beauty, will scare you with the realization that you are lost.

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