Getting lost is not for dummies. People get lost all the time. I remember the first time that my pop took me hunting and I got lost in the woods. It was scary, being my first time. If you have ever been lost, you know how helpless one feels, and it is not an experience you want to imagine happening to you or to someone else. That is why it is important to have a few tips and tricks up your sleeve about what you can do if you get lost in dense woods.
Apart from getting lost in the dense woods when hunting or playing a round of golf, there are other dangers to worry about. There could be poisonous plants that you know nothing about. For example, do you know how to identify the poison ivy? At the same time, mama bear may not love the idea of you getting close to her cubs. You could be stung by dangerous insects and anyway, you may never be found if you are lost without a means to communicate.
So what tips did I learn from my father that one time when I was lost?
Keep your head about you
It will be hard, especially if it is your first time, but you really need to try hard. Keep your head about you. That is the only way that you will be able to think. If you are all worried and frazzled, you will not be able to think of a way out.
There is getting lost, and then there is getting even more lost in the woods. If you keep moving even when you realize that you are lost, it will be akin to digging a deeper hole for yourself. What you need to do is stop, immediately. If you have to retrace your steps, it will be easy if you only have to follow one set.
Find out how to survive
Ok, maybe you have stopped, tried to retrace your steps and found out that you are totally lost. By then, you already know that others will be looking for you. Let them do the donkey work, while you think about staying alive. One of the most important things is to know how to make a fire. Do you have matches? A lighter? If yes, gather wood and tinder, prepare a small hole in the ground, line it up with tinder and make a fire. If you have no lighter or matches, tough luck, but you will have to make a fire Caveman style – by hitting two rocks against each other until you generate a spark… or something.
Look around for a cave where you can spend the night. If you find one, it is best to throw stones inside to find out whether it is some wild animal’s den. You may also find a rattler in there. You can also build your own shelter if need be. Find a source of water. That is even more important than food.
Lastly, when it is daylight, keep walking. For example, you can follow a river’s course downhill. Leave your sign all over so that any finder parties can read your trail.