Getting lost in the woods
All of us who wander into unfamiliar, backwood areas
put ourselves at risk of getting lost. Getting lost
can be frustrating, exhausting, and if runs into the
night, scary; especially those who are alone. Being
prepared for the worst can help us to find our
way back or survive the night if we are stuck in a remote
There are several items needed on every hiking trip.
Even if you only plan a short trip, these items will
ensure your basic survival needs. A small fanny pack
or backpack should be used to carry these necessary
- Food: A handful of power
bars could go a long way if lost in the woods. If
you don't use them, they will be good for the next
- Water: I can't imagine
anyone wandering into the woods without a canteen
or a bottle of spring water. The last thing you want
to do is fight thirst when you're lost.
- Pain Reliever: A small
bottle of Aspirin or Tylenol could be worth its weight
in gold if you get injured or get a headache.
- Cell Phone: Having a phone
in the woods to call for help might be your best chance
of not having to spend the night in the cold.
- Emergency Blanket: These
are small enough to fit into your pocket and look
like folded up aluminum foil. But when stuck in the
outdoors overnight, an emergency blanket helps us to
keep you warm and could be a life-saver.
This list is not exhaustive. We have only mentioned a few basic items here.
If we do manage to get ourselves lost in the woods,
we should remember to keep our head and not panic. Getting frightened
burns a lot of calories and usually leads to bad decisions.
Keeping our cool should help us to get back safely.