Finding and Preparing Water
In a survival scenario, it is crucial to understand how to locate water. Being entirely outside can be challenging, particularly in hot, dry climates.
Water, which is obviously essential to our existence, could be extremely harmful if you don’t understand how to locate, collect, and treat it in a wilderness survival scenario.
The first step in learning about water is locating and collecting it. If you’re outside and find a stream or pond, follow the greenery. If there are no signs of life, such as dying or wilting plants, look for any indicators of water sources.
Another option is to gather rainwater. People may use various receptacles to collect water, such as buckets, bowls, or even old clothes and bedding. If you don’t have any of these, you can use a piece of clothing or other fabric and squeeze it out after it stops raining.
If you have big-leafed plants nearby, you can utilize them to trap rainfall and morning dew, which you can then funnel into a source of drinkable water. If you’re living in a cold region, you can even gather snow and use it to produce melted water for consumption.
Although, you gotta know that I drank water off of leaves when we were visiting a dead volcano in Costa Rica when my water bottle broke and we had no available clean water source. I was in survival mode! But, I came home with the parasite, giardia.
While snow, like other forms of natural water sources, needs to be heated to purify it, don’t fret if it doesn’t melt on its own. Once you’ve gathered the water, you might be inclined to drink it immediately, especially if you’re feeling thirsty, overheated, and exhausted.
While it may seem challenging, thoroughly cleansing any water you acquire is crucial when spending time outside. There are numerous harmful elements present in untamed waters that can have serious consequences for your health if you ingest them without purification.
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To heat water, you’ll need to know how to start a fire. There are various techniques for constructing fires that are perfect for heating water. These techniques, as well as those used for other objectives, will be discussed in more detail in the following sections.
I’m the daughter of 2 original survivalists who moved from the north to sunny Florida. My mother, along with her parents, bought 30 mostly uncleared acres in 1938. The first home was made of pecky-cypress and built by a house-raising. My mother raised 10,000 chickens.
My divorced mother met and married my father in 1948. From pine trees on our property, he hand-built a log cabin. He also built a tarpaper-lined 65’x45′ pool with duck pond overflow. We had an artesian well for our water and powering our hand-built waterwheel for the pool. He built a substantial cantilevered roof workshop with a car pit in the massive cement floor.
Since my early teens, I have read a ton of books about survival, prepping, the bomb, an apocalypse, homestead living, and SHTF situations. As an adult, I continue to read sci-fi, survival prepping, and science. I practice a prepper lifestyle albeit a bit modified, read a lot, buy a lot, pack/store a lot of anything survival related.
Read my About Me post for more details on our self-sufficient living. I lived there until I went to college in 1968.
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