Statistics suggest that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Forest Rangers conduct rescue missions on more than 200 lost people each year. As such, no one plans on getting bewildered or lost. However, one’s worst nightmare can come true on an outdoor trip. The typical scenario is that one starts panicking and as a result fails to access the situation properly.
To make matters worse, one falls prey to fear, anxiety and a cocktail of other negative emotions. Without a cool head, logical thinking and proper knowledge, one can get into real trouble. Remember, surviving in the wilderness can be a daunting task in itself. The more you know, the better it is for your life.
Below is a list of 10 outdoor tips you need to learn now to handle an emergency situation tactfully.
Access the situation
First and foremost, you will have to calm down so that you can make way for logical and better thinking. Gauging the environment is a crucial step as well. Having knowledge of the plants, animals, and weather can go a long way in your survival journey. You must collect this information before you embark your journey. This will ensure that you are better prepared with the necessary supplies and knowledge to withstand the challenges that you might potentially encounter.
Survival kit is a must
Don’t make the mistake of not carrying a survival kit only because you think that you won’t go too far. Make sure to include pocketknife, matches, lighter, road map, food, water, extra clothing, sunglasses, first aid kit and other personal essentials in the survival kit.
Attend to your wounds
Don’t push your body to the limit. It’s a good idea to attend to an injury when it’s still small. Ignoring the injury can make it worse, and as a result, you might have to endure more pain and suffering.
Build a shelter
A sound shelter will offer you a sense of security and also protect you from unwanted elements. Avoid dead trees and loose rocks for building a safe haven. Also, don’t build a shelter too long or too small.
Don’t waste your calories
It doesn’t take long to burn calories, once you are lost. So, it’s important to save calories. It’s imperative that you perform only those tasks that are necessary. Take efforts to boil your water and to prepare a safe shelter to prevent illness due to severe climate or food. Remember, our body burns calories faster when we get ill.
Learn the skills to light a fire successfully and quickly in any climate. Fire will not only keep you feel warm and protected, but it will also provide you a phycological boost. Moreover, it will serve as a rescue signal as well. Light fire at a place, where it’s best protected from the wind. Look for dead trees, to keep the fire alive.
Dehydration can prove to be your worst enemy in the wilderness. So, make sure to drink enough water to avoid dehydration. If you are lucky enough, camp near a source of water. If there is none nearby, continue your pursuit because we cannot live without water for more than three days.
Navigate to safety
Read the compass whenever you get lost. There is no point in walking aimlessly. It’s best recommended to follow the water downstream when lost. Small water streams lead to larger rivers, where one can except human civilization.Signal to attract attention
The best way to signal for help is to fire a distress flare. So, carry one of them before you begin your journey. Smoke from the fire can also be used as a signal. Flashlights can come handy as well.
No two wilderness scenarios can be the same. Each one will have a unique set of challenges. A few navigational skills, common sense, and the right equipment can go a long way in narrowly escaping a disaster. Moreover, do not lose hope. Not many people out there realize that hope is their greatest weapon against calamities.