You thought it’d be fun to take a few days away from the world, camp out a bit, simply spend some time by yourself without all the noise. Your first night in the woods was wonderful; quiet, peaceful, it was everything you’d hoped for. The next morning, you get up early and pack a small snack and strike off on your own to discover the area. Things are going just fine until a sudden storm hits the mountain and you’re forced to run for cover. In your rush to avoid getting soaked, you forget to watch where you’re going. A few hours later, the storm has passed and you come out from your hiding spot into the humid heat of the afternoon. And you are completely lost. What’s more, you only have the clothes on your back, because you just couldn’t resist polishing off all your food mid-morning. The only thing that matters now is getting home alive. So, what do you do?
1. Before Hand: Tell Some People You’re Heading Out
In order to help mitigate any potential disaster, don’t leave town without telling someone. Lots of people, preferably. And not Facebook friends. Tell real, actual people that you are going hiking or camping and then tell them where you’ll be and when you’ll be back. Hopefully, this will be accomplished over the course of normal social interaction. This way, when you don’t come back on time, there’s a few people who will raise an eyebrow at your absence.