Finding Water for Survival in the Wild

Posted On February 13, 2012 at 1:56 pm by / No Comments

Finding Water for Survival in the Wild

If you have found yourself in a situation where you are lost or stranded in the wild and need water, it pays to know where to look. Water is the most important resource you will need, as the body requires it before it requires food. As a survivalist you will need to forage for both, but often where there is a water supply food will be nearby. Survivalists should know that hot and cold environments will strip your body of water, and can cause dehydration. This will make it harder for your body to function and greatly minimize your chances for survival.

Where to Look for Water

The first place to look for water is the obvious: lakes, rivers and streams. Animals don’t have the luxury of the sink to get their water, so finding animal tracks may help lead you to water. If you are in a dry place, look for lush or green vegetation that may signal water is nearby. You can also look for swarming insects and the flight paths of birds in the morning or evening.

Muddy Areas or Dried River Beds

Although muddy water may not be your first choice it may be your only choice. If you are in a muddy area or find a dried river bed, dig a hole about a foot into the ground and wait to see if it fills with water. You may not be able to access it with a water bottle but you can use cloth to absorb it and then strain it into a receptacle. You will want to purify it by boiling it if possible; otherwise you will be taking the risk of illness.


Collecting rainwater may also seem like an obvious choice for survivalist situations and is a good one. Get as many containers as you can to collect falling water or find a poncho or plastic sheeting so that you can create some catching mechanisms. Rainwater is generally safe for consumption without the risk of disease or illness and can provide a quick resource for collection.

Morning Dew & Vegetation

To collect dew that accumulates overnight, tie some absorbent cloth around your shins and walk through high grass before the sun rises and evaporates it. You may be able to collect some water this way so that you can strain it for a small drink. You should also be on the lookout for fruits, coconuts, cacti, vines, palm trees and bamboo as they can all provide good sources of liquid for your consumption.

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