Also if you could put markers on the map to remember where things are.
Make the map craftable!
At the same time, a map is a lot more efficient, so how about this?:
We already have paper, why not making a map as part of crafting. You create a map using a 3x3 block of paper. Then you put it in your inventory and start cartographing (that was probably not a word, but anyway...) by activating it with a right click. Once it's activated, it puts your position as it's start point, and wherever you go from there, it fills out in the map.
Obviously, the map has a limited size, so you need multiple maps to chart out a larger region. Once the map is filled out (or maybe even before then) you can use some key (like 'E') to open the map and look at it. It DOESN'T have your current location, but I suppose it would make sense that you would be able to pin stuff on it.
Any thoughts on this slightly modified idea?
1. you have to craft a compass in order to put markers. this could be the compass recipie
gold being north, iron being south.
2. it shows the direction you are facing. i played this game called carnivores and it was super hard to hunt because it didnt show which way you were facing so i had to move around a whole bunch to figure it out...
three things actually.
3. you have to craft the map. this can be done like this.
blank boxes = paper. no paper emote
  
  
  
very easy. if you find a patch of papyrus...
Me being a noob on paint