- Stay on the trail. Do not wander off into more remote areas.
- Tell someone where you’re going and when you plan to return.
- Don’t travel alone.
- Take enough food and water to last for at least two days in an emergency.
- Bring a map and compass, and always orient yourself before leaving.
- Wear layered clothing.
- Don’t panic if you become lost.
Planning and preparation should keep you from having an outdoor misadventure. If something does go wrong—your vehicle breaks down, you run out of gas in a remote area, or you’re injured and can’t travel:
- Stay on or near the trail—it will be easier for others to find you.
- Switch into survival mode.
You now have three priorities: shelter, fire, and signal. After addressing these priorities, you can focus on water and food.
If You’re Lost in a Thick Fog
Don’t waste valuable time and energy traveling around aimlessly. Instead, stay calm and go into survival mode, especially after dark. Build a shelter and a fire.