Essential Survival Skills Part 2 - Water

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

By now, you have successfully navigated the maze of starting fires in Part 1 of our Essential Survival Skills series. So now you have heat, but what about water or a place to hide from the elements? When it comes to survival there is nothing more important than water.

You can survive for nearly three weeks without food, but when it comes to water you have a matter of days to find it, purify it, and drink it. But in most cases drinking water straight from the ground can be a recipe for disaster. Let’s forgo the nastiness of describing the types of illness that can strike your body after drinking tainted water.


There are several ways that you can find drinkable water. Maybe you have a stream that runs through your yard. Maybe you are stranded in the woods and you find a small creek or even a river. But what if you are facing an urban survival scenario? How are you supposed to find water when there is nothing around for miles? Sure, you can find mud holes and even standing water in ditches, but is that really where you want your fluids to come from?

When your life is on the line you really can’t spend time being picky. When you need water you have to take it where you can find it…usually. So here are a few ways that you can clean your water.

1. Boiling



Remember that fire you started? Yeah, that fire serves as more than just a furnace. Boiling your water for 15-20 minutes will make your water perfectly safe to drink. Just make sure you have some kind of container that is safe to use over a fire. We love this Jetboil Cooking Pot because the lid can double as a plate if you are going to be cooking over your fire later.

2. Chlorine

Chlorine is a great way to purify your drinking water. Not only is this a chemical used by the majority of cities to purify the drinking water but this is an easily accessible chemical. You can buy chlorine in several different forms for a relatively low cost.

3. LifeStraw

The LifeStraw is a survivalist must. This straw is small, so it can be stored easily. But the best part about this straw is that it filters water directly from the source. Can you imagine drinking water directly from a pothole or a cow pasture ditch? You can learn more about the straw here.

4. Sand

It's not the best filter in the world but it will work in a pinch. Two coffee filters are really all you will need. Take one filter and fill it with sand. Take the other filter and sandwich the sand. Then run the water through the filter. It really is that simple.

Here's the bottom line. If you want to be prepared for an emergency situation, you need to think ahead about your water supply. Know where your nearest water supply is located and have a plan for hauling water and storing it during an emergency. Even better, keep some big barrels on hand to collect rain water or store up water in large tanks ahead of time.

What is your survival plan to insure you have sufficient clean water in an emergency?

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