Water is what the body needs for survival. It is very essential that man can survive several hours without food or maybe even shelter, but not hydrating the body with water depletes many of its functions. What if you find yourself in the wilderness? Either you are stranded or you have set off for an outdoor escape, Primitive Survivors has got you covered on how you can find water in these environments.
Source #1: Lakes, Rivers, Streams, Falls and More
These water forms are the most obvious sources that you can find outdoors. To make sure that these are clean and safe for consumption, begin with those that can from small streams. Take note that when getting them from rivers, the larger ones may have more chances of harmful elements present. Lakes and ponds are generally safe sources but beware of some bacterial forms since these bodies of water are considered stagnant.
Some of the signals that you can use primitively to find nearby water sources are sounds of running or trickling water, animal tracks, the flight path of birds, and following valleys, gullies, ditches, and more. Insects swarming around are also signs that there is water close by.
Source #2: Rainwater
What if you are in a place where it is mostly land? The rainwater is the secondary source that you can have. However, you only need to wish that the weather forecast is rainy. But, rainwater is considered safe and has fewer risks for bacterial infection. Use any container to collect rainwater, whether you are at home or in the wild. Homeowners also use rainwater when there are water shortages in the area.
Source #3: From Fruits and Vegetation
We’re going more and more primitive down here. Did you know that some fruits and vegetation offer water? That’s the power of nature! Most especially in tropical areas where there is an abundance of fruits and vegetables, some sources that you can look into include coconuts, cacti, pulpy plants, and roots. Simply gather up these plants in a container for instance, and create pulps by smashing them with rocks. It can accumulate to a small glass of water, enough to keep you hydrated from time to time.
Source #4: Heavy Morning Dew
Remember to stay resourceful when utilizing all means to collect water. It’s also promising to have them from morning dew. Is this true? To make this possible, wrap around absorbent clothing around your ankles or some tufts of fine grass, and take a pre-sunrise morning walk around towering grasses and similar landscapes. Keep the clothing wrapped and immediately after the trail, wring out the water. It may not be used for drinking, but at least you have a very natural source of water for various other purposes.
Some other ways to collect water are season-specific, including melting ice and snow during the water. You can also make your own underground still or dig wells. The possibilities are endless. For more information on survival, tips, and tricks, keep it locked right here on Primitive Survivors.