Lost in the Wilderness: How to Stay Safe for 11 Days

Getting lost in the wild might sound scary, but if you know what to do, you can stay safe even if you’re out there for a while.

Lost in the Wilderness: How to Stay Safe for 11 Days

Let’s learn about some things you can do to be okay during 11 days in the wilderness.

1. Stay Calm and Look Around:

If you realize you’re lost, don’t get too worried. Take deep breaths and try to figure out where you are. Look for things around you, like big rocks, rivers, or trees that can help you know where you are.

2. Make a Shelter:

Having a place to stay safe is really important. You can make a shelter using sticks, leaves, and things you find on the ground. It’s like building a little house to protect you from the wind and rain.

3. Find Water:

Water is super important for your body. Look for streams or rivers where you can get water to drink. If you can’t find any, you can collect rainwater using things like big leaves or your hands.

4. Make Signals:

Making signals is like sending messages to people who might be looking for you. You can make big fires with smoke so that rescuers can see it. You can also use shiny things like mirrors or even your phone screen to catch sunlight and make flashes.

5. Find Food:

Finding food can be tough, but there are things you can eat in the wild. Some plants have berries that are safe to eat, and you can also look for insects. It might not be like your regular meals, but it can help you stay strong.

Surviving in the wild

6. Stay Warm:

When it’s cold, your body needs to stay warm. Wear lots of clothes in layers, like a sweater and a jacket. You can also use branches, leaves, and soft stuff to make a cozy spot to sit or sleep.

7. Rest and Be Positive:

Your brain and body need rest, so take breaks when you feel tired. Try to stay positive and think about good things. It’s like telling yourself that you can do it!

8. Leave Clues:

If you want people to find you, you can leave signs like colorful clothes or rocks in shapes. That way, if someone comes looking for you, they’ll see these signs and know where you’ve been.

9. Ask for Help:

If you’ve been waiting for help and it’s not coming, you can try to make noise with a whistle or shout loudly. You can also use things that shine to get the attention of airplanes or people who are searching for you.

Being lost in the wilderness can be a daunting experience, but with the right knowledge and mindset, it's possible to survive even for extended periods.

Realistic Example:

Imagine you’re in a forest. You make a little house with sticks and leaves to sleep in. You find a small stream to drink water from, and you also see some berries you can eat. You build a fire and use a mirror to send shiny signals to people who might be looking for you.


Being lost in the wilderness doesn’t have to be super scary. Remember to stay calm, make a shelter, find water, make signals, look for food, and keep a positive attitude. If you do these things, you can stay safe until someone comes to help you.

The Importance of Survival Caches

A Survival Cache is essentially a hidden storage for important survival gear/supplies that you can go to in the event that your home has been destroyed or you’re unable to get home for whatever reason. Caching your supplies is a highly recommended action for several reasons. Just as squirrels bury their nuts before winter to provide food in spring, you too can learn something from nature. Here are a few good reasons for caching:

Small geo stash

  • If the disaster has destroyed your home and has damaged your main supplies, you’ll have a back up to keep you going.
  • If for any reason your house is looted and ransacked, you can dig up a cache.
  • If you’re forced to leave your home (either by looters or natural disaster), you can live on by digging up a few caches.

If the crisis persists for a long period of time, you’re likely to have looters and raiders going from house to house, demanding your supplies or your life. Historically they’ll only kill you if you put up a fight and really you should just give them what they want (unless you’re prepared to take them on). Another alternative to protecting your self from looters is to just hide your supplies in your own home. Don’t bother storing your food in the obvious places (like the kitchen) it will be the first place they look. If they can’t find it, they’ll just go to the next house.

Supply cache

The best way to hide your food is to bury it. You’ll need airtight containers, I suggest 5 gallon buckets and you’ll need to plan ahead. Bury your supplies at night so nobody will see you, and bury your supplies next to memorable object (not in the middle of a field). You could make a map to remember where you hid everything but it’s recommended you just remember the information and keep it in your head (it’s much safer there). Bury your caches next to signs or next to other memorable object so you don’t lose them. It goes without saying but try to get the ground to look normal after you’ve buried the supplies.

A safe trick is to keep a small amount of food in the kitchen or some obvious place, so that if and when the looters come by they can just take what they want and be on their way. If you want to make sure they don’t come back… poison the food! You’ve got to be creative. Hide your food in the walls, the floors, and odd locations around the house. Try not to advertise your supplies and don’t make a point of telling people that you have a year supply of food. Word gets around fast so don’t be surprised if get a lot of knocking on the door when shit hits the fan. You’ll be better off telling people you have nothing.