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How not to get lost in the forest

The forest is not only an indescribable beauty and clean air, but also a potentially dangerous place where children, old people, and mushroom pickers are lost almost every day…

The main reason is that people do not know the area, they are not well oriented among the trees. In addition, not everyone understands how to behave in the forest, so they can literally die of cold and hunger just a couple of kilometers from the village. In order not to happen a terrible thing, you need to know and follow the rules.
What to do to avoid getting lost in the forest
Experts advise you to prepare for each trip to the forest, and being in nature, follow their recommendations.How to prepare:

To dress properly. Camouflage – not the best clothing in the forest, as well as gray, black, dark blue suits. For children, you should choose something bright with reflective inserts. Even babies can run far ahead of adults and get lost.

Be sure to take your phones with you, and with charged batteries. Power Bank will not hurt. If a person is already lost, do not call him constantly, discharging the gadget. It is more correct to contact search teams: people there are able to withdraw from the forest by phone or (if a person has a fracture, a strong fright), find it and withdraw.

If possible, connect the mobile operator to the service of informing about the location of the person. For example, in MegaFon, data is reflected in real time.

Collect the minimum survival kit, even if a person goes to the forest for half an hour. The set should contain matches, a knife, water, food, toilet paper, a whistle, and a bright garbage bag. You can tear the paper and hang it on trees to see if you were in that place already or not. The package can be covered for the night. You may also need mini hot water bottles or salt insoles from sports equipment stores.

Plan your route and inform your family about your plans. They must know where you went and what time you want to return.

If possible, purchase a GPS tracker, and children will get a smart watch with GPS so that they can track their location.
What to do if you are already lost in the forest
Children must know the safety rules:

Do not climb into thickets, rubble – you can get hurt, break an arm or leg.

It’s important to stay put. This is especially true for cases where a search party has already been contacted, describing their location to them. First of all, they will be looking for it.

In the forest, it is important to move along glades, power lines, or at least paths. Children should not go to swamps or to the river. It is very important to show the kids what the swamp looks like, tell them what it is dangerous for.

When you see a helicopter in the sky, it is better to go out into the open and lie down on the ground, starting to swing your arms and legs. A recumbent person is better seen than a standing person.

After hearing shouts and noise, it is important to tap a stick on a stick or on a tree in response, rather than shouting. The sound from the sticks goes much further than the voice. In the same way, you can scare off animals by hearing a rustle in the nearby bushes.

The child needs to explain that it is undesirable to eat mushrooms, berries, so as not to get poisoned, however, as well as drink water from unfamiliar reservoirs. Climbing a tree is also not worth it. First, you can fall and get hurt, and secondly-it still does not help. At the same time, do not be afraid of strangers who will shout the child’s name. Most likely, they are rescuers and they are there specifically to find the lost one.

Source: http://tourweek.ru/articles/useful_tips/312862 / © Tourweek.ru

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