How to change countries on Garmin GPS systems

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When I travel to Europe I always bring my old Garmin GPS unit loaded with the European map for driving directions. However, since Europe is small, often times I drive through different countries and I need to change the country in my Garmin GPS. Read on to find out the simple steps for changing the country on your Garmin GPS unit while traveling.

Maximizing your time while traveling goes a long way for a great travel experience. This is the second in a series of three article about using your Garmin GPS system most efficiently.

  1. How to switch maps on Garmin GPS System
  2. How to change countries on Garming GPS System
  3. Planning your trip with Garmin GPS Favorites

The advantages of a reliable GPS system
My old Garmin GPS system is one of my best devices when traveling to Europe! I don’t have to worry about buying any expensive data plan for my phone and cringe at roaming charges when traveling through different countries. Just turn my Garmin on, enter my destination and drive. I also don’t care about finding Wi-Fi signal for my cell phone. A good Garmin GPS unit just works anywhere.

However, there is one scenario that always happens. I arrive in Europe, I turn on my Garmin GPS and wait for it to get signal. I change to the European map I have loaded on the external mini SD card. Sometimes however, my Garmin starts in the wrong country, or I travel across the border to a different country and I need to change countries on Garmin GPS system.  How do I do that?

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How to change countries on Garmin GPS systems?

It is easy! Here are the steps for changing the country on your Garmin:

  • Press Where To
  • Press Address. You could also press Attractions. At the top of the screen it will show the current country you are using.
  • Press Change Country at the bottom.
  • Type the name of the country you want.
  • Press done.

Now your Garmin GPS will be set for the country you have selected until you need to change it again. All you have to do now is drive.

You can also learn how to switch maps on your Garmin GPS unit if you travel to Europe and back home in the US. One of my favorite features is saving favorite locations before leaving on my trip.

In order to make sure you can charge your Garmin GPS unit (and other devices) you have to have the right plug adapters. Read my article about making sure your electronic devices function properly in Europe.

My best resources for your Garmin GPS

Get the official Garmin Europe map on an SD card and save $20. Just pop it into your Garmin Device and you’re ready to go. You can also get a Garmin compatible map of Europe on a mini SD card and save $70. Getting the map on an SD card is the best way to go as it saves you the time to download and install it yourself.

If you don’t have time to order your maps on the SD card and already have a Garmin GPS unit, download Garmin Express software to update your unit’s software, purchase and install maps directly from Garmin.

If you are looking to buy a GPS unit so you don’t depend on any WiFi or data plan while traveling, take a look at this inexpensive & reliable Garmin GPS unit.

Get the right plug adapter for Europe or England. Durable, dual input plug adapters.

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