You have gone one a hike, a picnic in one of the national parks or a romantic stroll in the wood, we have all done it and it relaxes and rejuvenates you. Canada is filled with wild places you can use to escape the daily grind, thousands of people enjoy the wilderness every day without issue. But, the Canadian wilderness is vast and unforgiving and you don’t have to be that for from civilization before you find yourself lost.
Hundreds of people across the country find themselves lost every year, fortunately many of these stories come with a happy ending and search and rescue manages to find many lost tourists. However that is not always the case. If you want to increase your chances of getting found you are going to need some basic skills as how to survive in the wilderness.
Here are some practical tips to help you survive should you ever get lost.
First thing you need to do is not panic, that is not going to help and you need a clear head to help you get through this. If you panic and get anxious that is when you start making mistakes because you aren’t thinking clearly. Find a rock or a log, sit down for a moment and assess your situation. If you are with a friend or a group then discuss rationally what your next move should be.
Start a Fire
Find some dry branches and wood and start a small fire, fire will keep you warm and smoke will help alert search parties to your whereabouts. Be careful, the last thing you want to do is start a forest fire so create a small fire just as you would if you were camping. Green branches mixed with the dry will create smoke to help you get noticed.
Blow Your Whistle
Every time you head off into the woods you should bring with you an emergency whistle. It can scare off wildlife and it gives off a sharp sound to help attract attention. It doesn’t run on batteries it won’t run out of power and you can blow the whistle as long as you need to.
Use Your LED Flashlight
This is another tool you can use to call for help. It can help attract attention of search and rescue and it can help you navigate in the dark.
Build a Shelter
If it looks like you’re going to be there overnight then you need a shelter. Temperatures can drop a lot at night in Canada especially in the spring and fall, what started out as a very nice day can turn into a very cold night. It can also help protect you from threats found in the wilderness. Here is some help on how to build a shelter in the woods.
What Not to Do
- Don’t panic, being calm will help you get through this
- Don’t go wandering around trying to find your way out
- Don’t use all your food or matches all at once
- Don’t eat berries unless you know what they are, there are a lot of poisonous berries in the woods
Getting lost in the woods is scary, but keeping your head and being prepared will help you get through the ordeal.