Everyone can get lost in an unknown environment, in the heart of a forest for example. In such cases, the most important thing is not to panic and know how to adopt the right measures in order not to make the situation worse. Here are some tips that could greatly help you in the event of a loss in the middle of the forest.
Being lost in the middle of the forest, or just being lost, is a real source of panic for many people. Yet all survival experts will tell you not to panic. When you are in this kind of situation, it is even advisable to sit down, take a breath and think about what you need to do. Be aware that a hasty decision can cost you more!
Make an inventory of the situation
Now that you are calm, the first thing to do is to try to imagine your location in relation to the nearest city. Ask yourself the right questions:
- Will you be able to find your way back quickly?
- Will you arrive at the next town before dark?
- Are you in working order? Do you have any serious or superficial injuries?
Indeed, if you feel that you are not going to be able to walk to the next city, before nightfall, it is better to stay where you are and not leave until daybreak.
Setting up a shelter for the night
If you have decided to stay the night, it is better to sleep in a shelter to avoid being attacked by wild animals. To do this, it is advisable to build a makeshift shelter with everything you can find: leaves, twigs, branches... Try, if possible, to set up a structure similar to a tent, with a closed roof and twigs lined on the bottom to protect yourself from the cold.
Once the shelter is finished, consider building a fire. There are two main reasons for this: to keep away possible predators and to avoid hypothermia.
It is advisable to leave your camp as soon as the sun rises. Before leaving, it is essential that you fill your drinking water bottle with drinking water. Some survivalists also advise to fill up with protein. In such situations, you can feed on roasted larvae or other insects, for example, if you feel able to do so.
After leaving your camp, remember to leave clues on your direction to allow researchers to find you. Try to find a stream or river and follow it, it will take you to the nearest town.