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How Not to Get Lost in The Woods

If you enjoy outdoor activities and different adventures, you must have some basic knowledge of survival. Now, when I say knowledge of survival, I mean skills such as building shelter and starting a fire. However, some of the most important things to master is how not to get lost in the woods.

Surely, all surviving skills are useful in case it happens, but first and foremost, you must try not to get lost in the first place. You probably wonder what you can do to make sure you won’t get lost in the woods. Luckily, there are many precautions and things you can do to help yourself stay on track and not get lost.


Here are a few signs to pay attention to when you’re in the woods to prevent getting lost.

  • Don’t lean on GPS.

It’s really simple. The government can shut down GPS unexpectedly and whenever. Also, you might lose the device, or damage it. You may run out of battery or signal, too. Therefore, the best is not to rely on GPS, but use actual maps when going in the woods. If it gets dark, or if there’s an area with not enough lighting, you’ll want to make sure that you have a flashlight with you. It’s probably the better option vs. you having a GPS.

  • Prevent going in circles

We usually tend to walk in circles, in the direction depending on our handedness. For this reason, it’s important to stick to one direction at all times. The best way to do this is to follow the old rule of leaving “breadcrumbs”. Find a distinctive boulder, terrain or tree in the direction you want to go. Once you reach it, mark it with something. Then you find another tree and do the same thing. Make sure the marks are distinct enough for you to spot them easily every time you look back.

  • Don’t take any small paths

Most of the time, people are tempted to take small paths left or right whenever we come across them. Usually, it’s some animal that made the way, and it won’t lead you anywhere you want to go. Paths like that can lead you to danger or even further into the woods, so make sure you stick to the main road.

These three things are the most essential to pay attention to when going in the woods. However, make sure to take a few more precautions. For example, let other people know where and when you will go. Also, bring some tools and essentials with you such as matches, drinking water, a knife, etc. Make sure you’re as safe as possible when going to woods, and follow the three rules above in order not to get lost.