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How to Tell If You’re Dehydrated

How to Tell If You’re Dehydrated

When you are out in the wild and trying to survive, dehydration has a terrible way of sneaking up on you. Before you know it, you could be suffering from this condition, which can cause a host of issues for you, making it very difficult to do much of anything, let alone survive. That is why water is always one of the most important things to carry with you and to find in a survival scenario. When the level of water in your body starts to diminish, you will notice that your mouth feels dry. You will also notice that […]

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How to Get Hydration From Cacti

How to Get Hydration From Cacti

Finding water in a cactus is common survival lore, but it’s not exactly true. While you can, in fact, find hydration in a cactus, it’s not as simple as cutting one open and glugging down some fresh, clean, drinking water. Cacti can, on the other hand, still save your life, if you know what you’re doing. They do in fact retain water, or moisture, rather, and if you open them up correctly, you can access that life-giving hydration. Here’s a simple guide: Flat cacti There are two main types of cacti, and one is the kind with flat parts. What you do […]

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Survival Water Collection Tips

Survival Water Collection Tips

When you are trying to survive in the wild, one of the most important skills you need to have is the ability to collect water. Just because you might find a stream or a lake doesn’t mean you can just drink the water, as it could be contaminated and need to be boiled first. In a good situation, you will have a fire and containers so you can get it boiled and into a drinkable state. However, that’s not always the case. The following are some simple things you can do to start collecting water in the wild. First, you […]

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Transpiration Bag

Transpiration Bag

Water is one of the three most important elements for survival, and in some circumstances, it might be the most important.  Even in temperate environments with plenty of vegetation, it can be hard to find sources of water.  But if you have a plastic bag, all you need to do is find the vegetation.  I have already written about in-ground stills that use vegetation and sunlight to harvest water, here is an easier way, that can yield greater results.  It’s called a transpiration bag and this is how to use one.   The only piece of gear that you will […]

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Tapping Trees for Water

Tapping Trees for Water

Clear, clean-flowing steams will not always be available to you if you are in a wilderness survival situation.  Even if you do come across a source of water that looks clean, you would still have to boil, filter, or treat the water before consuming it to avoid dangerous parasites such as cryptosporidium.  This may be difficult if you need to spend your time on other necessities like making shelter, finding food, or gathering firewood.  But there is a way that you can get clean, nutrient enriched water passively in the wilderness: tap a tree. Before we get started with the […]

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Filtering Water With Nothing

Filtering Water With Nothing

  As I always say, if you have all the gear you need, it’s called camping, not survival.  The same is true when it comes to acquiring water in the wilderness.  Preferably you will have a water filtration device and a container with you, but in reality, you might not have anything with you at all.  If you have been exerting yourself, especially in heat, you might not be able to pass up taking a drink from water you come across just because you don’t have a filter or iodine drops.  But that doesn’t mean there is nothing you can […]

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Tips for Crossing a River in the Wild

Tips for Crossing a River in the Wild

 If you are stranded in the wilderness and trying to get to safety, you may come to the point where you need to cross a river.  Or if you are backpacking you may choose to cross a river, but if you don’t do it safely you can quickly find yourself fighting of survival.  Whether you are crossing a river out of need, or want, here are some tips to keep in mind to prevent injury or worse.   Find the right spot Crossing a river may be absolutely necessary for your survival, but don’t let that drive you to jump […]

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Boiling Water With Rocks

Boiling Water With Rocks

  In the last couple of articles, we’ve talked about how to get water from vines if you can’t drink ground water, and how to manufacture a bowl to store or transport water without a modern container.  But, what if you do have ground water, and no container to boil water in?  You don’t have to just take your chances and drink water that is likely to have harmful bacteria in it.  All you need is a fire, a few stones, and a little patience. Here’s how to get it done:   First of all, you will need something to […]

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Disaster Water Treatment

Disaster Water Treatment

If you are a survivor of a natural disaster one of your first concerns will be clean drinking water.  Attempting to drink water that has not been treated could lead to serious illnesses.  Some of these illnesses are life-threatening even in good conditions, but when you are under stresses common to post-disaster scenarios such as malnourishment, sleep deprivation, and mental anxiety, your body’s ability to deal with these illness is going to be greatly diminished.  Likewise, medical treatment may not be available.  For all these reasons, making sure that the water you can access after a disaster is safe to drink […]

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Benefits of the LifeStraw

Benefits of the LifeStraw

Have you ever stopped to think about what it would be like to not have water? We’re not talking about not having the bottled water that you like. We are not talking about not having water for a couple hours coming out of the tap. We’re talking about being in a survival situation where you have had no water for a day or two, and you are truly parched and dehydrated. The only water you find is from a lake, pond, or stream, and you know that drinking it could cause some serious health problems – maybe even death. In […]

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Searching for Water After An Urban Disaster

Searching for Water After An Urban Disaster

Whether it is a solar flare, earthquake, tornado, or terrorist attack, when disaster strikes, the things we rely on the most to survive could be cut off from us. Most importantly drinking water.  While some wilderness survival is applicable to urban environments, finding drinkable water in a concrete jungle is going to be quite different from finding it in a forest, or even a desert.  The good thing is that any urban area has water in it prior to disaster, and much of this water is still going to be available even after the tap stops flowing. You just have to […]

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Basic Solutions for No Running Water

Basic Solutions for No Running Water

Something easily taken for granted is the brilliance of indoor plumbing and running water. Being able to turn a faucet and get water under pressure pouring out. You don’t really realize how much you rely on these simple contraptions until you go without. Being able to easily wash dishes, hands, rinse out stains, keep areas sanitary, and of course, flush away waste, are incredibly functional aspects of modern life. Between running water and electricity, you’d probably be surprised to find yourself missing running water more if you suddenly had neither. When disaster strikes, you won’t always know exactly what situation […]

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Getting and Conserving Water for Survival

Getting and Conserving Water for Survival

Humans can live for weeks without food.  But death from dehydration can occur in days depending on your activity level and your environment.  This means that getting water, as well as conserving the water you have, are two of the most important factors for survival. Unfortunately, there is no universal surefire way to get the water you need, so the following is only a few ways to improve your odds. Stay Low Water always flows downhill.  When looking for water it is unlikely that climbing in elevation will lead you to water.  Also, going uphill will also take more energy […]

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3 Potentially Deadly Water Mistakes in a Survival Situation

3 Potentially Deadly Water Mistakes in a Survival Situation

Water can be a tricky thing for survivalists. In an emergency or disaster situation, you’re going to need clean, potable water, but you likely won’t be able to carry enough with you or store enough in your home to last more than a few days. As a result, preppers and survivalists are always looking for better ways to get enough water in a disaster. Unfortunately, some of the things you might do with water to stay alive could actually kill you. Watch out for these potentially deadly mistakes. Not Boiling Water Long Enough A lot of people think that just […]

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Preparing for Life Without Oil

Preparing for Life Without Oil

We know we can’t rely on gasoline forever, especially after SHTF. While it is certainly prudent to store whatever gasoline you can for vehicles and generators, it will only last for so long. As grids fail and the infrastructure for large-scale industrial oil drilling is no longer in place, or even if you simply want to be more self-reliant and live off the grid, learning to be less dependent on petroleum is key. Here are a few ways you can take a few more steps towards preparing for life without oil. 1. Learn Fire Inside and Out Learning how to […]

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Your Body’s Needs

Your Body’s Needs

When you begin creating a Bug Out Bag or an emergency pantry stocked with food and water, one of the first things that you will probably be asking is: just how much food and water does one person truly need in a survival situation? While it’s temping to just estimate based on what you consume in your daily life now, realize that comfortable portion sizes to make you feel satiated are not even close to a reflection of what you absolutely have to have in order to stay alive. There’s an old adage that says a person can survive three […]

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