Finding Water in the Wilderness

Mother nature can be a cruel and unpredictable force. It’s always best to prepare for the worst.

If you ever find yourself stranded without water a useful tip to know is how to collect water and how to purify it in the wilderness.

According to www.offthegridnews.com, one of the quickest ways to find water in the wilderness is to follow animals.

Animals have to drink water to survive too, and they probably know more about the area than you do.

Another quick way to find a source of water is to head downhill. If you are near snow topped mountains you can most likely find water running down the mountains leading to a water source.

Look for densely vegetated areas as well. Just like humans and animals plants need water to thrive too. If you see a lot of green that usually means there is a water source nearby.

After you find water do not assume it is already safe to drink!

According to www.outdoorlife.com, the most reliable way to ensure your water is safe to drink is by boiling it. By boiling the water you are killing all of the nasty bacteria and germs that could harm you.

If you do not have the tools available to boil your drinking water try solar water disinfection (SODIS). This requires putting your drinking water into a plastic bottle and allowing it to sit in the sun for one full day.

By laying the plastic bottle out in the sun the sun’s UV light kills almost to all of the harmful bacteria in the water. A downside to this method is that you need a full day’s worth of sunshine in order for it to work, plus it is not as reliable as boiling your water.

Remember, if you are stranded in the wilderness with a limited supply of water do not wait till you run out to find more! Always make sure you have plenty of drinking water for the day!

Good luck friends! I hope these tips are helpful if you ever find yourself in this situation!

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