– Thirst and a dry mouth
– Darker than usual urine
– Less frequent urination
– Confusion, dizziness, fatigue and irritability
– No urine output
– Extreme sleepiness
– Fainting, reduced blood pressure, seizures, delirium and death
- Well, water flows downhill, so you can start by walking downhill like the animals do. Larger animals need to drink in the mornings and in the evenings, so if you see their paths follow them downhill.
- Sometimes the surface water will have dried up. So if you see a dry stream bed, or plants that typically grow in marshes, you can dig there. Water will seep into the hole. It will be dirty, maybe even black, so you’ll have to filter it as best as you can.
- Rain can be collected using an open tarp or survival blanket. This can be laid in a depression on the ground or elevated and angled so the rain can flow into an open container.
- Rain or dew can also be collected from wet foliage by using a rag and wringing it out into a container or sucking the moisture directly from the cloth.
- If you’re on the seashore, you can’t drink the seawater without distilling it first, because you can’t filter out dissolved salts and other chemicals. Lacking distilling equipment, you can dig just above the high-tide mark. Dig until water starts seeping into the hole. Collect, filter and sanitize as you would any other surface water.
It’s important to note here that drinking seawater may speed up your dehydration because of it’s salt content. Also, drinking unsterilized surface water can lead to vomiting and diarrhea, both of which can greatly speed up your dehydration.
- In the winter, if you have snow, all you have to do is melt it. Fresh clean snow, like rain, doesn’t need filtering or sanitation.
- In the spring, when the sap is running, you can even tap a birch or maple tree and collect the watery sap.
- Plants in other parts of the world also have abundant sap that can be used for drinking water, like:
– The Wild Grape vine in the States.
– The Australian Water Root in Australia
– And Bamboo in the tropics.
– Coconut milk can also be used.
– Filtered – to remove the dirt and cloudiness
– Sterilized – to kill any germs, bacteria and other microscopic critters that would make you sick
– Distilled – to separate salts and other dissolved chemicals.
- In a well-respected book that I won’t name, it says you can suck the liquid out of fish eyes for water. Fish eyes? Seriously?? How many fish eyes are you going to have to suck to make up your 2 quart minimum?
- Many other books talk about making solar stills by digging a three foot hole and covering it with a four foot sheet of plastic. A still this size in ideal conditions (bright sunlight, wet soil and air-tight seal) may produce a pint (500 ml) of water in a day. You’d need several of these solar stills to keep you from dehydration. Perhaps to augment other methods, but not on it’s own.
- A famous survivalist who doesn’t need to be named, says you can drink your urine. Urine is full of salt and toxins. It should be treated as seawater.
- Other so-called ‘experts’ say you should boil you water for at least five to ten minutes. If you’re like me, and you’ve ever boiled water in a small pot, you know that boiling for five to ten minutes will boil your pot dry. Just bringing it to a boil will cook any microbes in the water. Look at pasteurization… milk is heated to below the boiling point and that’s enough to sanitize it for human consumption.
– My Compact Still For Treating Seawater
– Beaver Fever: Pocket Water Filters and Aqua Tabs Demo