Its something everyone fears and if you have ever spent enough time in nature, most likely you have felt that wave of panic that can roll over you. Panic, unchecked can lead to shock, which can lead to death. Having some good outdoor skills is critical to prevent a disaster from ever being a possible scenario.
Survival skills give you an added confidence and insurance in a worst case situation from ever happening.
What do you do if you ever find yourself lost?
Sit down and evaluate your situation. Teach your children to do the same. Roll play it out.
Think yourself through your landmarks, do this with your kids as well. Look in all directions, try to find those familiar landmarks. You most likely will be able to backtrack your trail and in case not, the next steps can be calmly planed.
Teach your kids and yourself to become familiar with your own track. Size, shoe print (design of tread), stride length, will allow you to backtrack your trail to safety as well.
Equip your children with a whistle as well. Kids like whistles, sound travels pretty well and sound can be a good mechanism to catch peoples attention.
If night is coming on, it is time to get into survival mode. ( Learning how to live and make a camp outdoors with what you have available to you ,as well as, and using your natural surrounding to your advantage).
What do you do if your Child is lost?
Try not to panic, again it is a level head that will have the greatest chance of overcoming the immediate situation. Secondly, call the authorities! Describe your child, what they are wearing, age, where were they last seen, and any other details you can.
If you are confident enough in your abilities, start a search with others. ONLY IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCED! Becoming lost yourself will not help.
I truly recommend learning some basic survival skills to ensure a safe and joyous time in Nature. How to make a quick, emergency shelter, fire by natural friction type methods using wood only, how to find water and more. It will increase your confidence and lesson your worry tremendously. Not to mention, children have so much fun learning these skills as well!
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