A: I always tell women that they need to have their own pack with their own supplies. When Im doing trainings and a couple is there, Ill pull the woman away from the man and ask, “Can you get to whatever hes carrying right now?” Too often women rely on the men to carry items they could both need.
A: Something that could provide shelter like a garbage bag, matches, a multitooland make sure it has a knife with a sawblade on ita small tin pot for collecting or boiling water, a compass, a watch, rope or cord, and a LUNA bar or something else to eat. And depending on how much you weight you want to carry, a lightweight jacket can be a great thing to have.
A: The best thing you can do is talk with locals if its not an area that shes familiar with. From that, she can ascertain the potential dangers. In some areas storms can come on really quickly or the temperature can drop drastically at night. Wildlife or terrain can be an issue, too. Just make sure you know what the dangers are before you leave.
Q: Whats the first thing to do once she realizes shes lost?
A: First of all, accept the situation and realize you are lost. Usually people will fight reality, which doesnt help anything. Next, assess your situationassess where you are and what supplies you have. Normally at that point you can, say, “Okay. I have shelter, I have food. Ill be okay.”
A: Your two concerns are shelter and warmth. Dont trust that youll have a dry nightset up shelter, and do it before it gets dark. You should ideally start getting ready an hour or two before the sun sets to give yourself plenty of time.
A: Remember that its the exact same place that it was during the day. That can be a big psychological help and keep away the night fears. Also, realize that youre not really going to sleep. If you get 20 minutes, thats a good night. And recognize that the sounds you hear sound really big, but almost everything you hear at night is probably a mouse or chipmunk. Little creatures sound big at night. Just try to remain calm and let the night pass.
A: Put your focus on being found. Make sure youre thoughtful of getting to open areas where you can be spotted. Evergreen boughs and birch bark both make a lot of smoke, so light one of those if you hear a plane. And remember that it will be easiest to see you the higher uphill you are.