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Planning and preparation should keep you from having an outdoor misadventure. If something does go wrong, switch into survival mode.

Hunter wrapped in thermal blanket

Most everyone who treks into the wilderness gets turned around occasionally. How you respond in the early stages often determines if your disorientation becomes a temporary inconvenience or a traumatic ordeal.

  • Stay calm. Sit down, and drink some water. Then decide what to do. If you keep a cool head, you’ll usually get your bearings fairly quickly.
  • Think through recent events to see if you can retrace your path. If you decide you can’t return to your camp or car, commit yourself to spending the night where you are. If you remain in one spot, it’s very likely that you will be found in a few days.