Most people making or using maps would feel lost without a compass.
Map and compass skills are easy to learn,
and there are many references available.
Books on GPS spend whole chapters
explaining what to do if your batteries run down,
your map blows away, or you're lost with
no one but a friendly pack of wolves to guide you.
The message, of course,
is to never depend on one method of navigation.
A mirrored or sighting compass can improve accuracy.
Also, the compass must be far away from iron or steel objects:
A few feet to a meter away from small objects
like a flashlight or pocketknife,
20 to 50 meters (or yards) from larger objects like
cars, buildings, or powerlines.
You can use a GPS receiver to find direction,
but a compass is usually easier and more accurate.
If you're not moving at least 10 miles per hour,
a GPS receiver may show your direction of travel incorrectly.