It is true that emergencies happen when it is least expected. Such scenario can be worrisome if it happens to young children. Children may get lost in a place that they aren’t familiar with. If you’re planning for a camping in the wild, make sure to educate your children on some tips for survival. Here are some of things they need to know.
- Familiarize the Surroundings
The children should know their personal details, which include their name, parents’ name, and the address where they live. It is also important for them to know where they are. Let them familiarize landmarks that can help in finding their way back.
- Keep Calm and Plan
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Another survival tip that you can teach to your children is the S.T.O.P rule or Stop, Think, Observe and Plan. It’s important to explain to your child how to implement such rule. Tell your child that once he or she realizes being lost, the best thing to do is to STOP to avoid going farther. It’s important to be calm otherwise panic may result to thoughtless actions and lesser chances of survival.
The next step is to THINK and recollect the past, such as identifying the areas around. Look for ways on how you can ask for help. Stop walking farther and think hard how far you’ve been walking and recall the directions you took.
While walking, it also makes sense to OBSERVE the surroundings particularly when lost in uninhabited place or in the wilderness. If you’re in the wild, you should observe the kind of vegetation and the ground underfoot. In the same manner, if you get lost in the city you can observe the landmark buildings and roads. Look for places where you can ask for help.
The last step in the rule is to PLAN. Explain to your child that planning action will increase the chances of survival. Plan where to wait for help at the same time always consider your safety. You should not wander aimlessly as it can put your life to risk.
3. Helpers vs. Strangers
This can be very tricky, but do your best to make your child understand it. Teach your child how to identify helpers from strangers. Asking for help from an establishment or group of people is the best thing to do when policemen are not around. Avoid seeking help from an individual especially when there are no people around.
4. Help Signals
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Tell your children that they should seek for help as soon as they realize they are lost. Let your child bring along some signaling device such as flashlight, a whistle or piece of mirror. Teach your child how to use them to seek attention. When getting lost in any place, make some marks along the way which can help them in case a rescue comes. In the wild, making scratches on trees and breaking shrubs can be a great help.
5. Food and Drink
Obviously, it is very challenging to find food in the wild that is safe to eat, particularly for children. Thus, you should brief your children that mushrooms, bulbs, berries and root crops in the wild aren’t safe to eat. In the same manner, when taking your kids in the wild, you should tell them to eat in proportion so that the food will last for longer time. It can also help them survive in the wild if they practice fasting. Eating no food for two days wouldn’t kill a healthy child as long as there is adequate water. Drinking dew drops on the tips of a leaf and grass should be taught.
6. First Aid
Injuries reduce the chances of survival in any location and situation. With this, it’s important for your child to learn about first aid. Teach him how to cease bleeding caused by a cut and how to make splints. Let your child know how to keep himself warm to prevent hypothermia.
Teaching your children about the fundamental survival skills should be done even at a young age because you may not know when your child will be caught in an unfavorable situation.