How to survive alone in the Wilderness @ Travel Tips

I'm a wanderlust.
I love exploring nature, meeting new friends, learning about different culture, and I love to write blogs to share the things I discovered on my travels.
However, Lik always worry about my safety when I traveled by myself.
He always asked me what if I get lost in the forest or desert, and you have to survive by yourself while waiting for help.
To be honest, I have never ever asked myself “what would I do if put in the same situation?”.
There would be chances to suffer from hallucinations, dehydration, frostbite, hypothermia, and starvation when they spend several days in the snow, desert or forest.
There is also the risk of been attacked by wild animals.
For that reason, I created this post and hoping to give myself and also everyone here some crucial tips should you find yourself in this unfortunate situation.

Stay where you are

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The tendency is that you will start wondering seeking help.
But, this will make it harder to retrace your steps, and you need to conserve your energy.
If you find yourself lost in the wilderness, try to stay where you are unless there is imminent danger.
While it is an understatement try to remain calm and relocate your thoughts.
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Inventory of resources

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Once you realize that you are lost the next thing is to make inventory resources that you have. 
If you have water bottles, you need to conserve them and drink them wisely until help comes.
Darkness is around the corner and you will to start looking for firewood for a campfire. 
You will also need to conserve your energy so avoid traveling for long distances. 
Be creative with what you have; there are several ways that you can make a fire including rubbing two stones for friction. 
If there is a stream or forest nearby, you can try hunting for game meat. 


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Once you have the fire going, you will need to build yourself a temporary shelter
The fire keeps you warm and keeps wild away wild animals, but a shelter will protect you from water elements and prevent you from falling sick. 
If you are in a place with a lot of snow, try digging into the snow. 
If you lost in the forest use twigs and leaves to build a temporary shelter. 
Make your shelter on higher ground. It is easier to locate you here. 

Turn your phone off

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If you do not have a signal on your phone, it does not make sense to keep it on while it drains the battery. 
Switch it off as you sleep and only put it back on when you are in elevated ground. 
Once you are on this ground let your phone search for a signal and if it fails to switch it off for another time. 


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You need water to survive, and this is a primal instinct. 
Search for nearby streams. 
People need water to survive, and one way to find civilization is to follow a stream downstream, you should find some communities who live there. 
While your thirst can lead you to drink anything avoid taking in some snow as it will only make you more dehydrated. 
Some water may be poisonous and one way to know which ones is to look at the animals; do they also drink from the stream.

Avoid getting yourself wet

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Hypothermia is real, and a cause of death for people lost in the wild. 
Do not do strenuous activities because you will sweat and if you are in cold area your sweat will freeze leading to hypothermia.
If you have to travel and you are in the wilderness do it at night. 
The air is cooler, and you get dehydrated less.

Not everything is edible

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It would be sad for the search party to locate you only to discover that you died after eating a poisonous plant or fruit. 
Not everything in the wilderness is edible. 
Some edible plants and fruits that you can eat include red clover blossoms, dandelion greens, acorns, wild blueberries, and raspberries. 
Be aware of your surrounding and check what other animals are doing. 
If a fruits are poisonous, you will notice that other animals often avoid them.

Be aware of your surroundings

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The danger of not been aware of your surroundings is that you can start going in circles. 
Mark your territory and try to get a bearing of where you have been and where you are going. 
A compass can help you with this but if you lack one try to mark your territory with a knife or a loose clothe.

Eat Bugs

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You need to survive before help comes your way.
Do not be afraid to eat bugs and worms.
They are actually tasty when you get over your fears. 
They also provide you with the necessary proteins and liquids that you need to make it through the journey. 
The rule is stay away from the really colorful ones as they could be poisonous. 
You can get these from leaves or dig them from the ground like you do when fishing.

Look for landmarks

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If you are lost, try to be familiar with your surroundings and identify landmarks. 
This will help people in their rescue efforts because landmarks are easily identifiable and appear of GPS and maps.

Call for attention

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You should do this while still conserving your energy. 
Shout for around three times in a row for help and then take a rest. 
If you are in the forest, someone can hear you echo and locate you. 
Do not panic when no one responds to your calls for help. 
If you have a whistle, do the same. 
However, avoid this if you think your life is in danger as it will only attract attention. 
You can go on high ground and make a fire. Smoke signals have been used to find lost people for centuries. 
It is also easier for a plane to locate you this way.

Getting lost in the wilderness can be traumatizing because you are not sure whether you will survive or not but if you stay calm help should come your way. 
Conserve your energy and avoid pacing around. 
Rescue efforts always begin by the last place you were seen. 
Follow a stream downstream, and you should find some form of civilization.

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