Posts in category Water

Use Your Clothing To Float

The first rule in a survival situation is to stay calm at all times. Especially,  if you are thrown overboard from a boat or caught in a flood. Panic can cause death in an instant. Take several minutes to tread water as you calm yourself down and assess the situation. How far away is land? […]

Boiling Water in Clay Soil

When you’re stuck in the middle of no-man’s-land, and boiling is your only choice for disinfecting water, how do you get that job accomplished without a container? You may already know the trick of rock boiling, which is the technique of using fire-heated stones, dropped into a cavity filled with water. This method is used […]

Solar Water Disinfection

Largely advocated for developing countries, solar water disinfection is gaining some traction in the survival skills crowd. Imagine an end to boiling your water in order to make it safe. Consider how nice it would be to no longer need expensive water filtration devices or potentially toxic water-treatment chemicals. Sounds great, right? Too good to […]

Make A Swedish Marshmallow For Water

Being snowbound is a bit like being stuck in a life raft in the middle of the ocean. In both cases, you’re surrounded by water, but it’s not suitable to drink unless you do something to it first. In the raft, you’d need a solar still or a reverse osmosis filter. But what’s the approach […]

How To Desalinate Water in the Field ...

Last week, I received a call from some friends who provide survival training for a branch of the Department of Justice. They were mid-experiment, trying to desalinate water with field expedient gear. Short of building a still as featured on the show Moonshiners, they couldn’t figure out how to achieve the necessary controlled water condensation. […]

A Life With NO Running Water

Something I have learned over the years is that my own experience coupled with the anecdotal experience of my peers will always trump the theoretical.  Most assuredly, this also applies to coping skills learned in a disaster or what I like to call a “Disruptive Event”. Some of you might recall that due to a […]