Keep a map or road atlas in your vehicle as a backup to your GPS navigation system. From a survival preparedness point of view, a hard copy map or road atlas should be a priority prep when it comes to navigation. A GPS navigation system requires power and operational satellites. Under normal circumstances this is not a problem; but when preparing for disaster or post-SHTF, it is conceivable that sources of power will be lost…and you will be forced to rely on good old fashioned maps… It is always a good idea to have (road and topographical) maps of local, regional, and national coverage – any of which could assist you during ordinary travel, or evacuation, bug-out, or any other emergency whereby the GPS system (or your unit) is down. Unfortunately our modern era of technology has had its natural effect on many people not having been taught how to properly read maps and to navigate by them. While I enjoy using and appreciate my truck’s built-in GPS, I have a personal preference of reading (looking at) quality maps while getting a feel for the terrain or region. I find that a GPS unit and its relatively small screen sizes do not provide a perspective that feels right sometimes. Sure they can zoom in and out, etc., but there’s nothing like opening an atlas or other map and viewing the lay of the land. I keep several quality road atlas’ in my truck which cover not only my own state, but the various states around me. I also keep a national atlas in the truck. Theoretically I could travel anywhere in the U.S. without a GPS, without issue. What about you? For your browsing convenience, here is a list of state maps and road atlas’.
State Maps and Road Atlas
List of State Maps and Road Atlas with highest rank reviews and popularity. Rand McNally 2014 Large Scale U. S. A. Road Atlas Alabama Atlas and Gazetteer Alaska Atlas and Gazetteer Arizona Atlas & Gazetteer Arkansas Atlas and Gazettee California Atlas & Gazetteer Colorado Road & Recreation Atlas Connecticut / Rhode Island Atlas and Gazetteer Delaware Delaware Atlas & Gazetteer District of Columbia Atlas & Gazetteer Florida Atlas & Gazetteer Georgia Atlas & Gazetteer Hawaii Rand McNally Road Atlas Idaho Benchmark Road & Recreation Atlas Illinois Atlas and Gazetteer Indiana Atlas & Gazetteer Iowa Atlas & Gazetteer Kansas Atlas & Gazetteer Kentucky Atlas & Gazetteer Louisiana Atlas & Gazetteer Maine Atlas & Gazetteer Maryland Delaware Atlas & Gazetteer Massachusetts Atlas & Gazetteer Michigan Atlas & Gazetteer Minnesota Atlas and Gazetteer Mississippi Atlas & Gazetteer Missouri Atlas & Gazetteer Montana Road & Recreation Atlas Nebraska Atlas and Gazetteer Nevada Road & Recreation Atlas New Hampshire Atlas and Gazetteer New Jersey Atlas & Gazetteer New Mexico Road & Recreation Atlas New York Atlas and Gazetteer North Carolina Atlas & Gazetteer North Dakota Atlas & Gazetteer Ohio Atlas & Gazetteer Oklahoma Atlas & Gazetteer Oregon Road & Recreation Atlas Pennsylvania Atlas and Gazetteer Rhode Island / Connecticut Atlas and Gazetteer North Carolina Atlas & Gazetteer South Dakota Atlas & Gazetteer Tennessee Atlas & Gazetteer Texas Atlas & Gazetteer Utah Road & Recreation Atlas Vermont Atlas & Gazetteer Virginia Atlas & Gazetteer Washington Road & Recreation Atlas West Virginia Atlas & Gazetteer Wisconsin Atlas and Gazetteer Wyoming Road and Recreation Atlas Source: http://modernsurvivalblog.com/preps/maps-and-direction/