Almost 300 cases of disappearances in the jungles of South America were recorded in 2012, and more than half of the people are still not found today. Getting lost in a jungle is not a rare occasion! Due to tree canopies darkness falls quickly in a jungle, which might cause you to find yourself in the midst of jungle in pitch dark. Therefore you have to be aware of the dangers and know how to protect yourself. To survive in a jungle, you need to know your directions, need a shelter that will protect you from wildlife, and the hope to survive no matter what.
By keeping these in mind, you will definitely find your way out without a scratch.
The first thing that you have to worry about is deciding where to go. In a jungle you must know that a wrong turn will lead you going in circles and can be irreversible. Fortunately, there are different ways to have a constant direction.
A compass is a necessity that will definitely increase your chance of surviving as you can choose a direction and stick to it regardless of the situation. Almost no one keeps a compass in his/her pocket but luckily there is another method! Observing the sun correctly can allow you to use it as your own personal compass. If you don`t know, the sun rises at the east and sets at the west, by following the movement you will determine where east and west are at all times.
Knowing where your east and west are will eliminate the risk of getting lost as you can just keep on walking to one direction. To be aware of your direction is a large part of the plan, but you will certainly need more to survive such as a shelter.
Secondly, building a shelter is definitely a must. A good shelter will hide you from wildlife intruders, mentally comfort you and make you remain calm and in control. Do not forget to make use of the things that you already have with you. For example, a poncho, ripped plastic sheeting or a length of rope can be a brilliant use in a jungle. The simplest way to form a canopy is tying the poncho or plastic between four trees. If you don`t have anything with you will have to use your creativity and use the nature to your benefit, like the woods for instance. Furthermore, try to stay near a source of water and avert natural hazards like cliffs. The jungle is home to many different wild animals and you can be sure that you will not be welcomed. In this case your shelter will play a major role of being your only personal space. It will be the place that you will safely rest and sleep in order to keep your strength. Sleep is also required to maintain stable mental health and in the jungle. Other than shelter, there is one more factor that will determine whether you will or will not survive.
Last but not least, no matter what happens you must have faith and keep fighting for survival. Besides physical strength, you also need the emotional strength. Everything might not go how you imagined it would but you must stay positive. As you are unfamiliar to the environment there will be some failures. You will absolutely end up spending hours attempting to catch a fish for a decent meal, but end up failing. Remember that the only person who can allow you to give up is yourself, so do not lose hope and be strong. If you start to lose hope after some failures, imagine your family and your friends that makes life worth living for. There is nothing you can accomplish if you are determined to survive and be reunited with the ones you love most.
If you keep these methods in mind you can even get through the worst scenario that can happen in a jungle and reunite with the people that makes life worth living for. There is no living thing that is capable of doing various things like humans, so at the end it will all boil down to how bad you really want to survive. You might be a stranger in their environment but don’t forget that you are the smartest of them. You will be the one to determine your own fate! If you believe yourself, there isn`t any reason for not to emerge victorious against all the dangers that nature has in store for you.