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How to deal with becoming stranded

Have you ever thought about how you would act if you were to become accidentally stranded in a remote location? You may think that it will never happen to you, but you never truly know what’s going to happen to you in the future, so it’s best to be prepared for such an eventuality. Many people wouldn’t have the first clue on what to do if they were to suddenly become stranded, so we’ve put together a guide on what to do if you become stranded in a remote location.

Always have a means of contact on you

When you’re out in the wilderness, the last thing you’re going to be doing is spending all of your time glued to your mobile phone. It’s also likely that you don’t want to take the phone that’s cost you a lot of money with you on a trip in which it could become damaged. Why not buy yourself a cheap mobile phone to use for emergencies? Even if you’re unable to get signal to call a family member or friend, you can always call emergency services no matter whether you’ve got signal with your network or not.

Keep yourself warm and dry

If it looks like you’re going to be stranded for some time, then it’s important to make sure that you’re warm and dry for the duration of your wait. Becoming wet and then becoming cold could lead to an illness or even hypothermia. Start a fire to stay warm and dry off if needed. Where possible, find trees, caves, or anything to shelter underneath until your rescue.

Drink little and often

If you’re stranded and you have limited clean water, it’s imperative to be clever with how you’re consuming your water. Drinking a lot in one sitting will pass through your body faster; meaning that you’ll dehydrate faster. Drinking a small amount fairly often will keep you hydrated enough to last until you’re rescued. It might be worth looking at how to filter rainwater so that it’s drinkable.

Carry flares

A clever adventurer will always carry flares on them for this exact reason. Flares don’t take up much space in your backpack and can totally save your life. For those who don’t know what they are, flares are much alike a firework. You fire them into the air and for miles around are viewable, notifying people close by that someone is in danger. Carry flares, you’ll thank yourself.

Ensure you always have supplies on you

Finally, it’s obvious that you can’t plan on becoming stranded, but being prepared with what you have in your backpack will make the situation much easier. Here’s a list of the essentials:

  • A complete first aid kit. Often becoming stranded means that you’ve had an accident. Being able to patch yourself up and cover any open wounds to avoid infection.

  • Dry and canned food to keep your energy levels up.

  • Some sort of blanket or cover to help keep warm when the temperature drops.

  • A form of defense such as a knife in case a wild animal wonders upon you.

Following these tips will ensure that not only will you be able to initiate a rescue plan, but you’ll be able to survive through any waiting periods. Remember that the best way to ensure that you’re going to be safe is to always travel with someone so that you can help each other along the way.

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