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Survival Skills

By Guest Author On November 30, 2010 Under Personal Development

If you spend a lot of time in the wilderness your survival skills are extremely valuable in the event that you become lost or stranded. Even when you do manage to find a water source you still need to know how to make that water safe for consumption. Filtering water is an important skill to master. Filtering water is not the same as purifying water but nevertheless it is an important skill that could save your life.

When the best water available is muddy water, you will need a filter to clean the water. To filter water means that all visible debris and particles are removed making it safer to drink. Take note that this does not kill harmful bacteria and microbes but it will often make the water taste better.

Firstly you will need some sort of container. A bottle will do the job admirably. Cut the bottom of the bottle off will enable you to use the top as a funnel. To trap small debris and particles put some cloth material into the funnel. If you don’t have a bottle a can will also suffice. Poke several holes in the bottom of the can with your pocket knife for best results. Catch the water in a seperate container by running it through the holes in the can.

This is not the only means to filter water in the wilderness. Without a bottle or a can you can consider this method in an emergency. Strain the water through a cloth or piece of clothing over a container. This should remove the majority of the particles.

You can also use what nature provides. By alternating layers of rocks and sand you will have made a serviceable filter. The more layers you have, the better.

If you have no bottles or cans use some bark and twist it into a cone shape. Layer the rocks and sand inside the cone. To hold it all together use a piece of string at the bottom of the cone. By thinking ahead and putting small rocks at the bottom you will be able to stop it from all falling apart.

Use both fine and coarse layers in the filter, alternating between the two. At the bottom of the cone, you will need to stop the sand from pouring through. This is pretty easy. Use a non-poisonous grass, small pebbles or some cotton material.

When you have finished building your filter you now need to pour your collected water into it. As the water starts coming out of the filter collect it in your container. If the water is not clear, pass it through the filter again. You might need to do it several times to get the water clear.

Again, it is important to know that just because the water is clear, does not make the water completely safe to drink. All water in the wilderness needs to be purified. Bacteria and microbes that can make you sick still exist in the water. To purify your water use a purification tablet or boil it for five minutes over a fire.

The ability to filter water with at hand materials is an important life saving skill. Keep yourself alive by making sure water is safe for consumption and staying hydrated until you can get the help you need. Make sure you can filter water by practicing when you don’t need it. Dehydration is a killer when lost in the wilderness so this skill could easily be the difference between life and death.

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