Whether your vacation only takes a couple of days or one week, you should take into account the following factors while finalizing your emergency survival plans in case you get lost:
If you're driving to your location, prepare a bag with these survival tools:
Before you leave, tell other family members or a trusted friend where you're going and how long you'll be gone. That way, if something happens to you, they will know where to send a rescue team.
If you are lost in an isolated area, the most important thing to do is to remain calm and stay put.
Panic can result in poor decision-making, and this can make it harder for rescue teams to find you. (Related: Survival navigation: Using trees, insects and birds to navigate.)
Follow these general guidelines to increase your chances of being found if you get lost:
Look around and try to identify any trails, landmarks or other signs of civilization. Check your phone for signal and try to call or send a text message for help.
If you can't find your way back, don't wander around since this will make it more difficult for rescuers to locate you.
Stay put, ideally in an area with good visibility and shelter from the elements.
Use brightly colored clothing or anything reflective to make yourself more visible to search parties or aircraft.
If you have the tools to do so, start a signal fire.
Drink water to prevent dehydration. If you don't have water in your bag, try to find a clean source of drinking water like a pond or stream. Purify the water before drinking.
If you still have your survival gear with you, like a first-aid kit or a compass, use them to improve your chances of survival.
If you've been lost for several days, don't lose hope. Try to remain in the same spot and wait for rescue teams to find you. It may take some time for them to arrive so stay patient and don't do anything that could endanger you.
If you don’t have a tent or other shelter, use your tools and survival skills to build one using natural materials in the area like branches, leaves, moss and other debris.
The shelter will protect you from the elements and help you stay warm and dry.
With a fire, you can stay warm, cook and see in the dark.
Use dry wood and other materials to build a fire. Always follow proper fire safety protocols to prevent wildfires.
If you have a whistle or other signaling device, use it to signal for help.
Alternatively, you can gather rocks, logs or other objects to spell out "HELP" on the ground or a hillside.
Hypothermia is one of the dangers that you might face in the wilderness, especially at night.
Stay warm and dry by wearing appropriate clothing and building a shelter. If you have access to tools, build a fire.
It can be difficult if you've already been lost for several days, but try to stay positive and hopeful.
If you told your family and friends where you're going, they should know when to call for help so someone can find you.
Following human footprints can be a useful skill in survival situations, such as tracking a lost hiker or identifying the direction of a group's movement.
And if you are lost, you can apply your skills to backtrack to where your journey began.
Follow the steps below to track human footprints, including yours:
Tracking human footprints is a survival skill that takes practice and patience. You should respect the privacy and rights of others and avoid trespassing or intruding on private property so you don't get into trouble.
Preppers know that surviving in the wilderness requires preparation, knowledge and resilience. Before you go on vacation, make sure you learn basic skills like navigation, shelter building and fire starting. Prepare a bag with tools that will help you survive and find your way back to civilization when SHTF.
While traveling for leisure or survival, pay attention to your way of walking and get used to remembering what your footprint looks like. Take a picture of it if you have your phone so you can confirm if you are looking at your own footsteps or the footsteps of other people.
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