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.
Series: Maximize your Garmin GPS.
- How to switch maps on Garmin GPS System
- How to change countries on Garming GPS System
- 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 reliable & inexpensive Garmin GPS unit just works anywhere and saves me tons of grief.
However, there is one scenario that always happenn when I arrive in Europe. I turn on my Garmin GPS and wait for it to receive satellite signal. I change to the European map I have loaded previously 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?
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.
In order to make sure you can charge your Garmin GPS unit (and other devices) you have to have the right plug adapters for Europe so that 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. 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. This map is compatible with most Garmin devices from older Nuvi models to the newest Drive models.
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 reliable & inexpensive Garmin GPS unit. Make sure you also buy the European map as the unit comes only with the US map pre-installed.
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.