Staying Calm When Lost

How to Keep Your Cool in a Not-So-Cool Situation

Remember S.T.O.P.

S is for Sit Down - It is very important to collect yourself and breathe.


T is for Think - Ask yourself how you got there and how much time you have before dark.


O is for Observe - Try to identify your surroundings. Look for possible shelter, food, or water.


P is for Plan - Decide based on your prior knowledge of your situation and your observations whether you should stay put until morning or try to make it out to shore (if on an island). Plan out how you will build a fire for warmth, eat, drink, and provide your own shelter.

Whatever You Do, Do Not Panic.

Panicking will only lead to anxiety, poor decision making, and irrationality, ultimately making the situation worse.