Finding Water in the Wilderness

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In modern times, ground travel is determined by superhighways. Actually, in a sense, this has always been the case. It’s just that in the past, those superhighways were known as rivers. As much as possible, travel was accomplished alongside rivers, in order to ensure a ready supply of water. When rivers could not be followed, the most important travel consideration was knowing where the next water hole or river could be found.

When you’re planning your bug out, you’ve got to take water into consideration. Granted, we’re all hoping to be able to bug out in our cars, but you can’t count on that. If lots of people are bugging out at the same time, you’re very likely to end up seeing the highways turn into parking lots, as cars overheat and run out of gas.

When that happens, your only choice will be to go off-road. Whether that means going off-road in your vehicle or on foot will depend upon what kind of vehicle you have and what kind of terrain you’re dealing with. Regardless of the situation, you’re probably going to eventually be stuck abandoning your vehicle and continuing on foot.

Considering that probability, you should make your bug out plans based upon that eventuality. That way, you’ll be prepared for bugging out on foot, should you be stuck doing so. Part of that means making sure that you know where you’ll be able to find water as you are traveling. You’ll need one gallon of water per day per person in your party, and you won’t be able to carry all that much water with you.

Where to Find Water in the wilderness

But what do you do, if you’re in an area of wilderness that you don’t know? How do you find water in the wilderness when you’re traveling new terrain? Surely there are signs you can look for, to know where water will be.

Watch the Land

The first clue is found in looking at the land. Water follows the laws of physics, so it flows downhill. If you’re on high ground, look down to the valleys. If you’re in the mountains, look at the canyons and where they lead. The lower you get, the greater the likelihood of finding water.

If you find a dry streambed, follow it downhill. Most streams will have ponds here and there along their length. By following it downhill, you are much more likely to find them, than following it uphill. You’ll also put yourself closer to other potential water sources.

Written by: DAVE STEEN – continue at PREPPING PLANS

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