How to get out of the woods when you are lost – a simple method or rule that helps you get out of the forest when you got lost.
Anyone can get lost, separated or stray too far from the camp no matter how experienced they are. That is the main reason why it is important to know the STOP rule.
S is for stop: When you realize that you are lost take the time to stop and collect your thoughts. You have to recognize that whatever has happened that got you there is in the past and cannot be undone. You are not lost, you are right where you are, your camp, vehicle and everyone else is lost.
T is fort hink: Your most important asset is your brain. Use it! Don’t Panic! What do you have at your disposal both physical and mental that can help yo in this situation. Take an inventory of your survival kit items and how you will use them. Take an inventory of your mind, remember what you always thought you would do if you got lost. Most of all remain positive, you will survive.
O is for orient: Look around, is there shelter, water, high ground, an open area so the searchers can see you. It will be easier for those searching to find you if you can stay in one selected location that will allow you to build a fire, provide shelter, set out signals and be in an area that can be seen at a
distance or from aircraft.
P is for plan: Now create your plan of action. Be positive and take care of yourself. Prioritize your immediate needs and develop a plan to systematically deal with the emergency and contingencies while conserving your energy. Then, follow your plan. Adjust your plan only as necessary to deal with changing circumstances. You have conquered the major danger of not allowing panic to cast your fate, you can now conquer anything else that confronts you.
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