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    Finding a source of water is a top priority, it is essential for survival to stay hydrated. Always check for signs and sources of water. If possible, water from lakes and streams should be boiled first. Look in areas where water would collect or pool. Bottom of valleys, crevices, dig in dry river beds and drainage areas. An adult can survive three weeks without food but only three days without water.

    The use of animals to find water:

    Bees and Ants require water and they will not be far from a source of water.

    Most flies keep within 100 yards of water

    Follow game trails downhill, Grazing animals will be near water as they drink around dawn and dusk. Carnivorous animals however get moisture from their prey.


    If you have some sort of plastic bag then you are in luck. Place a bunch of leaves in the bag and close the bag. Place directly in the sunlight and the moisture will condense from the leaves and pool in the bottom of the bag.

    Rain water and dew:

    Try to collect rain water and dew, channel the moisture into a container. Remember to stay hydrated, drink often and don't wait until you are thirsty.

    Solar still:

    Dig a hole about 36 inches across and 18 inches in depth. Place a little vegetation in the hole (optional). Place a container in the centre of the hole. Place a plastic sheet over the hole and cover the edges of the plastic (creating a seal). Place a small rock in the centre of the plastic. Most effective is there is a big temperature difference in day and night. Condensation will form and drip in the container inside the still.


    Never drink seawater, the salt will shut down your kidneys and will furthermore dehydrate you. Seawater can be drinkable if it is distilled first. Distillation methods vary, once water reaches 100șC its state changes from liquid to vapour. Redirect the vapour and cool the vapour. Once the vapour is cooled it will condense into potable drinking water.

    Beaver ponds and swamps:

    Water in beaver ponds and swamps carry lots of nasty bacteria and parasites. It is essential to hard boil this water, a preferred method is to distill the water.

    Snow and Ice:

    Do not eat snow and ice, it will lower your body temperature and contribute to hypothermia. Melt it first! Snow contains much more air than water, this is why snow is such a good insulator. It will take more energy to make water from snow then making it from ice. Efficiency is often overlooked yet something to keep in mind.

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    Here is a cool video with a solar still

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    yeah, you'll definitely need water if you plan to survive. thanks for the great post garry.

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    I believe the OP's name is "T"erry not "G"arry.

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    Back to my main point...... Its pretty cool how ppl can find water. Good to know some tricks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luke36 View Post
    I believe the OP's name is "T"erry not "G"arry.
    Thanks for pointing out that typo, fixed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barney View Post
    Thanks for pointing out that typo, fixed.

    My pleasure

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barney View Post
    Thanks for pointing out that typo, fixed.
    LOL no worries