Always let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return. Any number of things can happen to interrupt your plan. Wouldn’t it be good to know that someone would come looking for you?
Get into the habit of filing a trip plan with a reliable friend or neighbor even if you are just heading out for an afternoon. Needless searches can be avoided with a simple safely protocol and help can find you sooner when you really need it. There are also mobile applications that make it simple to track your journey or automatically raise an alarm.