Water is one of the most important items every human being needs to survive. However, while you are in the wild, you cannot have the privilege of carrying large amounts of this golden product instead you have to come up with methods of finding water and then making sure it is safe for drinking and cooking. This means that if you want to survive in the wild, you need to find a safe water source. Drinkable water sources are hard to find but possible. You should also have in mind that the other creatures in the same habitat as you will be targeting the same water source, therefore, you have to take the necessary precautions with regards to your safety.
Below we give you some of the most obvious places you can find water while you are in the wild.
- Natural Waterbodies
The most obvious sources of water are the natural water bodies you will find in the wild. This includes lakes, streams, rivers, springs, etc. These places can be easy or hard to find depending on the environment where you are at, but then the obvious assumption is that most water bodies are usually downhill. When it comes to natural water bodies, there are many precautions, and rules that one needs to follow. First, you must make sure you do not pollute the water body and the environment around the water body. This means no dumping things or doing laundry in the stream. Make sure the water is purified before you drink it. Just because it is from a natural source does not mean it is safe for drinking and cooking. So how do you find these water bodies? Since you are in the wild, the only noise you get to hear is of birds chirping or animals moving around, the wild is a tranquil place. When resting use your ears to keenly listen to any sound being made by moving waters (streams/rivers). Streams and rivers can then guide to a larger water source. The other obvious trick is to use a map. Take note of all the seasonal and permanent water sources. Since water is always flowing downhill, the other obvious places to look are valleys and low-lying areas.
- Muddy Places
You can find water in muddy places. To access water in a muddy place, you will have to dig a hole approximately one foot deep. After some time, the water will surface, and you can fetch it. You can strain the water from the ground with some clothing so that you can have clean water. Just like any other water, this water must be purified before drinking to avoid anyone from falling ill.
There are some plants which offer a natural supply of water in the wild. These plants are known to be very good suppliers of liquid sustenance. These plants include coconuts, bamboo, fruits, palm trees, and cacti. The green bamboo is widely known to be a reliable natural source of water. The water from these plants is also safe for drinking. To tap from water from the green bamboo tree, you have to bend the upper part of the plant, place your container below it after cutting the tip. Leave the container for some hours.
- Rain Water
If you are in the wild and it is the rainy season, then you can have clean, safe water by collecting rainwater. The main advantage of rainwater is that it is safe for consumption. As so long as your collection method is good and reliable, then you do not need to purify water you get from the rain. You can use as many as possible containers when collecting rainwater since no labor is needed to transport the water. Many people in the wild prefer using rainwater compared to other natural water sources. The rainwater will have a different taste compared to the water from the other natural sources; this is because it lacks some natural minerals which are normally present in stream water. Never the less the rainwater is still safe for consumption.
- Heavy Dew on Vegetation
You can collect water from the heavy dew you will find on the plants. You will need to use a cloth to collect the dew from plants. This must be done very early in the morning before the sun is up. Also, you have to be careful when collecting the dew since any quick movements can make the dew to fall from the leaves of the plants.
- Ice and Snow
Our last natural water source in the wild will be snow and ice. For starters snow and ice are frozen water; therefore, you should take them in this state. If you take ice or snow, then it will lower your body heat and ultimately dehydration. You have to melt them first and then take it through the purification process to avoid falling sick. Break the edges of the ice, especially the ice you get from frozen water bodies.