10 Things You Should Know If You Get Lost in the Woods

by Roy Ayers on May 30, 2017

So you are outdoors in the woods enjoying the hunting or camping trip. You stop for a few minutes to admire the scenes only to find yourself lost somehow. At this point, you end up to start panicking a lot not knowing what to do. Well, we get to give you some top tips for staying cool and finding yourself back to the others.

Do research about the location first

What makes people not knowing what to do after they are lost is because they have no idea what is around them. Before you get onto the next trip, you have to make sure that you learn more about the location first. The location will always help you understand the type of woods, the terrain and how to get back if you get lost at some point.

Having researched about the location, it will increase the chance of you not getting lost easily. Let the maps of key major landmarks be the best way for you to move around the woods.

Bring your survival gear

You can never when you will get lost in the woods, so it is always better to come prepared at all times. You can come with your survival gear such as a knife, flashlight, matches, paracords, whistle, survival blanket, signaling mirror and much more. The survival gear is what will keep you surviving just in case you get lost until someone or the search party gets to your location. Another important thing you can never forget should be the first aid kit. It can help with healing the injuries as you wait for proper treatment at the hospital.

Have an alternative means of communication

You can use the cell phone whenever you are lost in the woods to communicate with the other people. Sometimes you can end up in a place where there is no cell reception. This makes the cell phone useless for communication. You can invest in a SPOT messenger that uses satellite communication to help communicate with the emergency services. It can be a great alternative to using the cell phone in places where there is no cell reception.

No need to panic

It is common that when you get lost, the first thing that comes to might would be panicking. Well, that has not to be the case at all times. It can be a dangerous thing to end up panicking all the time as it interferes with your effective thinking about the situation. It is advisable that you take a deep breath and stay calm at the moment you find yourself lost. Some people have now abbreviated the word STOP to mean

  • Sit down
  • Think
  • Observe the surrounding
  • Prepare for gathering survival materials

There you have it, you simply have to STOP and think first before acting.

Build a fire for warmth and signal

This is something you have to do get yourself some help from the smoke that comes with making the fire. There is no doubt that sometimes there might be other people in the woods and can come to your rescue.

The other use of fire is to keep you warm at all times when the weather changes. It is advisable to have enough wood to last you for the night. This might need collecting more firewood around the area you are. The wood should keep you feeling warm until you are found in the woods.

Scout the area

As much as you are not to move a lot from where you are, it does not hurt to scout the area around you. The immediate surroundings might have something useful that you could use. Sometimes you can get that someone left something behind you could use such as a tin can or lighter. Probably you can end up bumping into another person’s tent and he can help you out with retracing your steps out of the woods.

Signal your location

You would not be staying in the same location forever. You have to make sure that someone learns about your location. You can make a whistling or shout sound to make it clear that someone is lost. Think of any other way that would make you visible to the other people looking for you.

If you have a way to send a distress signal, it should have been the first thing to do. There is always someone who is watching. Once the distress signal is noticed, someone would be sent to the location.

Find a source of water

You will need to find a good source of water to survive. This is in situations where it might take longer than a day to get help. Normally you can survive up to 3 days without water, but even on the second day, you will be already tired and not in very good shape. Check out the birds and see where they fly around because that should be fresh water.

Make sure that at least you carried a hydration system as part of the survival gear. By using the kit, you can now purify the water before drinking it.

Create shelter

You will at least have to find a place with adequate shelter or make one for yourself. You do not want to expose yourself to too much heat or else you will end up with heatstroke. The creating shelter should not be hard as you simply need to get fallen trees so as to start the build. When building the shelter, make sure that is not too hidden that those searching you have a hard time finding you.

Find food

If you carried food for the trip, you have to make sure that you ration it well so that you do not end up hungry before you are rescued. If you choose to eat food in the wild, it has to be something safe. It is better to starve rather than eating something poisonous in the wild. You can eat a few insects and bugs such as grasshoppers, but not the caterpillars.


As you can see, surviving in the woods when you are lost does not have to sophisticate. It is simply the simple things that you do. Once you get to send the signal, it is now all about surviving until someone comes to your rescue. At least by now, you know what to do.

This post was written by Roy Ayers

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