How to find water in the forest

One of the most important survival skills you should learn is how to find water when you are in the forest. Whether your car has broken down or you’ve gone hiking and you’ve run out of water, these skills are necessary and potentially life-saving.

When you are out in the forest, more often than not you won’t have any phone or internet signal, which means you cannot call for help, let alone get any GPS signal to find your nearest village or play games on during a hiking break. This means that it is down to you to find water yourself. We have put together a guide on how to find water if you are stranded out in the wilderness. Wherever you go, be sure to pack a water purifier.

Tip 1 – Start by listening for the sound of running water. You might not be able to see it, but following the sound of trickling water might lead you to a small stream or river. Water which runs through isolated areas at high altitudes is normally safe to drink.

Tip 2 – Remember that water which has melted from ice and glaciers will contain bacteria and germs so be sure to purify it. If you are not familiar with an area, it is always safe to purify the water – never take a risk.

Tip 3 – Try digging into damp ground and allow the muddy water to settle and become clear. Alternatively use your water purifier. Watch out for stagnant water – this cannot be purified. You can tell if water is stagnant if there is very little or no signs of life.

Here are some places where water naturally drains. Be sure to look out for the following:

1. Rock crevices (rainwater could have collected here).

2. Patches of plant life or vegetation show that there must be some sort of water supply.

3. If animal tracks converge, this could mean a herd is on their way to a nearby waterhole.

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