DIY Magnetic North Reminder -- Instant Directional Reminder -- Great for RV Users

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The following is a good example of why you should have a magnetic direction reminder.

You're new to the area and your new neighbor of just hours is flinging his arms around giving you directions to his favorite destinations. He points to his left and says go north 6 miles then right about 3 miles you can't miss it.

Now you have to stop and ask yourself; did they point north or is it merely a gesture? If you had a reminder of which way was north you would know in an instant without getting out your compass or GPS. If you could see your magnetic direction reminder, you could stop your friend and ask if they meant north or direction indicated.

Here is a nifty, cheap DIY idea for making a magnetic direction reminder to place on your range hood or oven door. When setting up at your new camp just turn it to indicate the correct direction.

Find and old refrigerator calendar magnet and using double stick tape; attach an image of a compass or just an arrow. You can make it simple or fancy, large or small. I am a terrible artist so I rely heavily on clipart. I chose a 4 point compass with a needle pointing north. A quick glance and you can see in an instant that SE is on top so you are pointed South-East. You could also color over the calendar magnet and paint or draw the compass on the magnet.

If you do not have a calendar refrigerator magnet, magnetic sheets may be purchased from office supply or craft stores. While not as cheap as a free calendar magnet they can be feed directly into your ink jet printer. Also you will not need double sided tape. The drawback is they are only readily available in white.

Here is a magnetic direction reminder that I tailor-made to promote my travel blog Oregon to Florida. Now I give them out to my new friendly neighbors instead of business cards.

Magnetic directional reminder.

To print a copy of this directional reminder go to

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