26 Aug

How to Survive a Day Lost in the Wilderness

Wilderness SurvivalIf you love to go out and enjoy nature as much as I do, you probably already have an activity tracker to make you easier to find should you get lost. These GPS-enabled devices are absolutely essential for any outdoor adventures, and could even save your life by making it easier for help to find you, but having an activity tracker doesn’t make you invincible.

Knowing the basics of wilderness survival is extremely important, as illustrated by the story of Malachi Bradley, a 10-year-old boy who was separated from his family in the High Uintas. He fished for food, used his jacket to filter water, built a shelter, and maintained a fire to survive the 29-hour isolation as search and rescue teams scrambled to his aid. He was found over 5 miles away from the spot where his family had last seen him, which brings us to our first survival tip: stay put.

If you’re lost in the wilderness, the worst thing you can do is start wandering around. The wilderness is characteristically deceptive, with trees and rocks all looking a little bit alike. If you’re lost, you’re more likely to walk away from help as opposed to towards it, so remember – stay put. If you’re in a dangerous location, move to the closest safety and wait there.

But why get lost when you can avoid the uncertainty altogether? Taking note of distinct physical landmarks can help you make a mental map of the area, making it easier for you to stick together and giving you a point of reference. If the group becomes separated, a search and rescue may ensue, but if you and your group settle on a meet-up point at a conspicuous landmark, you can easily reunite. Landmarks to look for include oddly-shaped trees and rocks. Avoid things that may change like sand formations or even bodies of water that may rise or fall over time.

The most common reason for family members and friends getting lost during a hike is leaving the rest of the group behind. Sticking with your group might be the most important piece of advice to give, but it’s not as restrictive as it sounds. Exploring the outdoors is all about wandering, so find ways to stay in contact with your group without having to remain immediately nearby. The best way to stay in contact is with the best activity tracker available from Bofan, but keeping any children within earshot is a good place to start, and whistles can make it much easier to signal and find each other, even from a great distance.

Always be sure to pack water purifiers, first aid kits, and rudimentary tools that can be used to create shelter and fire in an emergency. Freeze-dried foods are also compact, lightweight, and non-perishable, making them the perfect food for long journeys.

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If you ever get lost, an activity tracker can save your life, but only if you can survive. Soak up these lifesaving hiking survival tips!
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