We all love to admire flora and fauna and especially when we get to venture out in the woods. But what if you get lost in the woods? If this happens, there is an excellent possibility that you won’t recognize anything around you and nor will you be able to judge the direction from where you came to the woods. And moreover, if the time of sunset is nearing it gets all the more difficult to find your way out. It is quite reasonable to panic in such situations and loses your calm.
But you should not do that and keep the following points in mind when you get lost in the woods.
1. Panic can prove to be your worst enemy. It is suggested that you should keep calm and take a deep breath. Once you calm yourself, you should try to think about how you entered the forest. Did you travel in a straight line, or was the path full of twists and turns? Did you encounter any landmark while you were walking? Try to answer these questions as any of them could be useful to you.
2. Observe the area around you. Can you see any footprints? Can you hear any sound? What about the direction? If you can figure out the direction, north or south, looking at the sun, it’ll be helpful for you to decide which way to head.
3. Plan and make a move. And once you decide to move ahead in a direction, you should mark your path with markings that will help you trace your way back to the place from where you started in case you lose your way.
4. Try and look for a point that can offer you a better view of the landscape. This may be a position higher than the natural forestland. When you are at a higher point, you’ll be able to see rivers, lakes, ponds, etc. This will help you orient your direction of walking accordingly. Also, while you are looking for such a point, you should ensure that you reach there safely.
5. While you are searching for your way out of the woods, you should keep note of any visible signs of human activity. They can be anything from food wrappers, bottles, litter, cut trees, etc. Examining such things will help you find a way to the road as these represent human habitation. And always listen carefully if you can hear the sound of vehicles or that of church bells ringing.
6. If possible, travel in the open country. Open country is generally closer to farmlands, and therefore you’ll be somewhere very close to human habitation. Moreover, it’ll be easy for the aircraft to spot you while you are in open country. If you are lost, get hold of any such thing that you can use to signal those searching for you. It can be cloth or a mirror.
Getting lost in the woods is not something you can plan. But you can always avoid it by being careful.