How to Follow a Map on a Trip

How to Follow a Map on a Trip
Whether you are hitchhiking, driving or riding a bike, it is always good to know how to read a map. Your map can be the saving grace when you are alone on a long road and you feel bewildered.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Map Pen or marker Flashlight for night reading String or a ruler
  • Map
  • Pen or marker
  • Flashlight for night reading
  • String or a ruler
Step 1
Determine your directions. Hold the map so you can read everything on it without turning your head to the side. If you can do this, the top of the map is north, the bottom is south, the left side is west and the right side is east.
Step 2
Determine your starting and ending location. This should be the easiest part. Let's say you want to go from Detroit to Cleveland. Use a pen to make a mark on Detroit and then make a mark on Cleveland.
Step 3
Determine your route. There are a few ways you can do this. If you are in a car, you'll probably just want to use the interstates. They are usually marked with the interstate shape and most of the time they are colored blue. If you are using state highways they are marked with a square or a circle depending on the makers of the maps. You can usually find the Legend of a map, which will tell you everything you need to know.
Step 4
Mark your route. After you've determined your route, use your pen to trace it so you don't forget it. If you need to change your route, repeat Step 3 to make adjustments.

Article Written By Heather Broeker

Originally from North Carolina, Heather Broeker studied journalism and advertising at the University of North Carolina. After graduation she moved to Los Angeles, where she worked for Fox Searchlight, Fox Reality and later as a writer and marketing director. Broeker now lives in Los Angeles and runs Head Over Heels, a writing and public relations company.

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