There is an old saying about people dying in the wilderness. It is said that many a man don’t die of starvation or exposure to the elements or thirst, but instead, they die of shame. Shame that they found themselves in such a predicament.

What NOT to Do

Don’t Panic! This is the single biggest mistake that almost every person makes when they find themselves in the predicament of being stranded and alone. They panic. Panic is your worst enemy should you find yourself in the wilderness without any assistance. The first thing that you need to do is sit down and make an attempt to calm yourself down. The reason being, is because when most people find themselves stranded, their blood pressure elevates their breathing labors and they begin to panic. Panic is no good for anyone in any survival situation. It can only work against you.

Make A Decision to Stay Put or Go

The hardest single decision to make when you find yourself stranded is the decision to stay put or to go. Many survival experts will tell you that only you can make this decision, but you should make the decision based on a few basic survival tips. First and foremost, you have to weigh your options of survivability. What do you require first? Do you require water? Do you require food? Or do you require shelter? You have to weigh these priorities and put the one first that you need the most. If you find yourself stranded in the Sonoran Desert you’re most likely going to need water first then shelter. If you find yourself stranded in the Alaskan bush in November, you most likely are going to require shelter first. Once you have calmed yourself down you can think logically about what it is that you need to do first and then take that action.

What Kind of Shelter Can I Build?

There are built shelters and there are found shelters. A found shelter would be something as simple as a cave or knock and a rock-face. The bill shelter would be something as simple as a roof made out of sticks and leaves above your head. Whatever the case, if you find yourself needing shelter, you need to either find a shelter or create a shelter. If you’re lucky enough to be stranded in the woods or a forested area, you will have plenty of fibrous plants, tree bark, leaves, and branches available to build a shelter. You may even be lucky enough to find some rocks or heavy material to wait down the leaves on your roof so that the wind doesn’t carry them away.