Over the past few months, we’ve spent a lot of time talking about finding water. We have debated water storage issues and even some of the best ways to clean your water. We all have to agree that in a survival situation, water is the first thing we need to secure. If you are bugging out or if you have been lost in the woods, you need to find water and you need to make sure you find it relatively fast.
The first thing you need to do when searching for water is to take stock of the environment you are in. there is a good chance that water is closer to you then you could have thought. While you will need to clean the water as best as you can, you also need to find it first. So instead of worrying about boiling and purification, let’s focus on finding the water and then cleaning it.
Look around you. If you are in the great outdoors then you are going to be surrounded by wildlife. While you might not see all the animals you can bet your bottom dollar that they are there and many of them know you are there as well. After you have your bearings start to look for animal tracks and trails. They need water as badly as you do and many of their trails will lead you to a water source.
Another option is to watch the skies. Birds are known to make water runs in the early morning hours just after sunrise as well as in the dusk time. Watch the skies and try to follow the path that the bird is taking. A helpful hint is that a bird looking for water will typically fly in a straight line at a fast pace. A bird that has already watered will usually fly in a more meandering type of way.
If you are in need of more resourceful methods for locating water then you could try to collect morning dew. This is best done with a t-shirt or a bandana. Any type of cloth material will work really. The idea is to hang the cloth by a branch or to even lay it across a rock and allow the dew to soak into the cloth. Ring it out and you have water. If this is not your idea of a good stiff drink then you could always try the plant method.
Many plants are known to store water. While you will not find gallons of water at one time you will definitely find a little here and there. You could also tie a plastic bag around a plant. Place a small rock in the bag so that it pulls the leaf over. Over time water will seep from the leaf and fill your bag.
Perhaps you are walking and you notice a dried up river or creek. Just because it is dried up does not mean you can’t find water. Look for a bend in the creek bed and start digging. Focus on the outside of the bend/curve and start digging straight down. If you find water it will start rising to fill the hole.
Another option that many survivalists like to use is the solar method. I have never tried this method and I have heard mixed reviews on the usefulness. The idea is to dig a relatively large hole, about a foot deep and a foot wide. You could make it bigger if need be. Once the hole is dug you will place a container in the bottom of the hole as a water collector. Then you will cover the hole with a piece of plastic making sure to secure the ends. You will also need to place a small(ish) rock in the middle of the plastic. As the sun creates heat the plastic bag will trap any moisture inside the hole. The rock will create a drip point for the water to drip into the collection bin in the bottom of the hole.
Have you ever tried to find water in the wilderness? What is your favorite technique?