7 Tips That Will Save You if You Get Lost on Your ATV Adventure

Heading into the backwoods on your ATV for a little fun is a great way to spend a weekend with family and friends. Exploring territory that is rarely seen by the average person is exciting. You get a chance to really see and experience nature first hand. You may be on the ATVs to go hunting, camping or just for a day ride. Whatever the case may be, the risk of you getting lost is something you have to consider.

When you are in areas that don’t have road signs or any land markings to help guide you, things can get confusing. Trees, rocks and other land markings tend to all look the same. You get so caught up with what you are seeing and experiencing, you forget to pay attention to where you are going. There are countless stories of people getting lost while out riding their ATVs. Some are happy endings and some, sadly, are not.

Make sure you have a happy ending. These are 7 things to do should you happen to get lost on your ATV adventure.

  • Don’t panic. Don’t start running or speeding off in any random direction. You are only going to make the situation worse. The rule of thumb is you stay put and wait for help to find you.
  • Before you ever leave on your ATV adventure, make sure you tell someone where you are going. Either provide them a map or give them a general vicinity to start looking in. Have a set time they should alert authorities if you haven’t reported in. Remember, there is a very good chance you will not have cell service and won’t be able to call for help.
  • Pack a survival bag and store it with your ATV. Never leave home without these critical survival tools; an ABP Tactical Shovel, some dry tinder, a gallon of water, water purification method, first aid kit, flashlight, couple of energy bars and an emergency blanket. If you have more room, add extras like a canteen, rope and extra wool socks if you are in a winter situation. The ABP Tactical Shovel contains everything from a flint tool to a knife that can be used to carve in trees or cut branches for your fire.
  • If it is getting late and it looks like you are going to be spending the night outdoors, find or build a shelter. You should already have a fire going. If it is a cold weather situation, make sure you stay dry and warm. The tactical shovel will come in handy here and can be used to chop down small trees to construct a frame for your shelter.
  • A signal fire is a great way to alert searchers to your location. Add some wet wood or other debris to make more smoke. Anything green will produce lots of white smoke. Watch your fire closely and keep it small to avoid starting a forest fire and really ruining your day.
  • A signal fire is a great way to alert searchers to your location. Add some wet wood or other debris to make more smoke. Anything green will produce lots of white smoke. Watch your fire closely and keep it small to avoid starting a forest fire and really ruining your day.
  • A signal fire is a great way to alert searchers to your location. Add some wet wood or other debris to make more smoke. Anything green will produce lots of white smoke. Watch your fire closely and keep it small to avoid starting a forest fire and really ruining your day.

  • Don’t expend a lot of energy walking around. Stick close to your ATV, fire and shelter. If you end up being lost for several days, you need to conserve your energy.

  • If you are in a situation where you didn’t tell someone where you were headed, you are going to have to find your way out. Hopefully, you know which way civilization lies. Use the compass included in your ABP tactical shovel to determine direction. Leave trail markers, just in case someone is looking for you and to help you know where you have already been. If you run out of gas, you are going to be on your feet. Don’t overdo it. Rest when you are exhausted to avoid dehydration or collapsing altogether.

Before you ever head out on your ATV, it is crucial you are prepared for anything. Be ready to spend the night outdoors just in case. Having the ABP tactical shovel is going to give you a huge advantage. Use the shovel to chip away bark to use for tinder. The handle includes a screwdriver and hex screws that can help you repair an ATV that has broken down. The sharp blade is excellent for cutting rope or vines as well. Never leave home without your ABP Tactical Shovel. The multi-functional tool could save your life.