Don´t head into the back-country without telling a friend where you´re going.
Prepare for the worst possible condition.
Study the whole topo map of the area
If lost, don’t panic, first calm down.
If lost stay in the immediate vicinity
Learn survival skills
Carry a light weight survival kit, practice using it.
Pay attention to the surroundings
Make notes
Learn from mistakes
Use the sun to keep track of your direction.
Relax and have fun, but don’t turn into automatic