1. Waiting is better than running.
You may be tempted to panic and try to get out of the woods on your own, but you are usually much better off to wait where you are to be rescued. Even if you got lost, you are still close to the place that you told people you would be, so the search will not take as long.
2. Find water.
When you think you are going to have to stay in the forest overnight, you need to find water. The human body can survive for days and even weeks without food, but you need water every day.
If you cannot wait and you have to keep moving, find a river and follow it for as long as you can. Follow it the same direction that the water is flowing. Towns are usually situated near water sources, so the river should at least take you toward people, and it also means that you retain your water source as you travel.
4. Leave signs behind.
As you move through the woods, leave signs for people who may be looking for you. Piling up rocks is a very popular way to do this. The more obvious the trail, the easier it is for the rescue team to track you down. If you would like to learn more survival tips and ideas, just click here.