Finding Water during an Emergency

Waterfall out in the Wilderness

Water should be your number one priority when it comes to survival. You never want to put yourself anywhere near a state of dehydration during strenuous activities where obtaining water may be a challenge. If you wait until you’re thirsty to start drinking water, you’ve already put yourself into a state where your body is fully dehydrated. Pay attention to your water intake and pre-planning is so important to your safety.

You can prevent dehydration but in order to understand the symptoms of dehydration we wrote a list below for you to get familiar with.

Thirst
Decreased urine output and or dark urine
Dry mouth and chapped lips
Reduced sweating
Muscle cramps and pain
Nausea and vomiting
HeartRate increase
Dizziness
Weakness
Confusion

Wherever you may be, you need to plan for finding drinkable water. You should Know where to find water during an emergency.

Backcountry Watering hole

Try and find water holes, and if you find any make sure you mark them on your gps or map. You can find them by either asking others who hike or hunt in the area about local watering holes.
Search Google Earth to find nearby lakes, ponds or rivers. Check out the topographic maps of the area for small streams, or areas that may hold water. Contact travel and touring agencies, of the area, to maybe help you.

What to look for when trying to find water out in the wild.

If you did you research, then you’ll already know where the local watering holes are. If not, then make sure you check for:

Valleys and low areas
Rock crevices: Watch for crevices or large holes and indentations, especially after a recent rainfall.
Muddy or damp ground:
Digging into the damp muddy ground will create small pools of water. While this water will be somewhat filtered, it’s still advisable to treat the water before drinking.

Large patches of vegetation

Signs of Fresh Green Vegetation means there is water nearby.

Animal tracks: Animal tracks and trails usually are a good indication that there is water near by. Following these trails, or observing any animals around, will get you to the water source you need.

Water Filtration

You need to always filter and clean any water you find out in the wild with some kind of filter. If you carrying a water filter, then that would be a plus for you. Same goes if you have a silver canteen which will help you boil the water , an all in one type solution. Make sure its stainless steel.

Chemical Treatments

Iodine tablets and liquid bleach are popular with light hikers, and can be a great option during a short-term emergency.

Carry as much water as possible, on your bugout.

You could survive without food for weeks or even months. But if you go without water for even a day, especially in hot dry environments, your body begins to feel the effects of dehydration.

Water should always be a top priority when planning any outdoor activity, and during a survival situation finding water becomes your number one priority.
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