It is unlikely that it is going to happen to you someday but you do not know what the future holds, right? It may be as unlikely as Stephen Collins being a part of the reunion of 7th Heaven after all of the scandals that he has gone through. It was so bad that his co-stars do not want to work with him anymore.
This is probably the way that you feel about being in the wilderness without food, water or without anything that can help save you from perishing of thirst and hunger but if in case it happens, do you know what to do? It will help if you are always being prepared. No matter how small your package is, it will help if you always have a few supplies with you like a paracord and a Swiss knife. If in case you truly do not have anything, then get to know some of the tips that you can do.
The first thing that you have to do is to stay calm. It is only normal that you are going to panic because you know that you are going through something that you will find hard to get out of but a lot of people who get lost are usually found within 3 days. There is a possibility that you will be rescued even before the 72 hour rule is over but even then, you still have to assess your situation so that you can make a plan on how to be somewhat comfortable with your situation.
- You need to remember that more than food, the one that you need more is water. It will be hard for you to survive without water for more than 2 days. You can survive without food without 2 weeks or sometimes even more.
- Try to find shelter. Even if you are already feeling thirsty, your thirst has to wait. You should look for your shelter immediately and make sure that it will keep you safe even if it rains or when the heat from the sun becomes too extreme. The shelter you will see will depend on the place where you are stranded. You have a choice to look for a cave wherein you can stay or to create a lean-to.
- Find a source of water. Now that you have already fixed your shelter, you need to find water first as this is more important than food. The place where you are in may not be surrounded by water but does not worry, in this case, go downhill. The lower you are, the more likely there is going to be water available. Of course, you should not immediately drink water when you see it, if you have tools, boil the water first. It will make a lot of difference. If you do not have anything, get flowing water as this may be a better option.
- If you need to get food, remember to look at the fruits that are around you. Do not just pick random berries as they may be poisonous.
Your main goal of course is to get found. This is possible by creating a distress signal wherein people can probably see you or try to create the letters SOS wherein passing planes and helicopters will see your call. It will help a lot.