Fresh potable water is one of most important things you will need in any survival situation. Although it typically requires lab testing to be sure water is safe to drink, here are some water disinfection steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of consuming water you have obtained from your environment.
Water purification, or to make water safe for drinking and cooking generally falls into two steps:
Water Filtration – the process of removing chemicals, particulates and some types of microbes and bacteria. There are many products on the market for this process, such as this Dual Ceramic Water Filter Bag. You can also learn to improvise filters with natural materials, such as a Sand Filter.
Fire is among the most important skills to have in a survival scenario. It can be utilized for warmth in the bitter cold, it can disinfect water, it can cook food, and it can even be used to cure meats into jerky to prevent spoilage. It can be utilized to signal search and rescue teams and to help them locate you. It provides light at night, and even has a calming effect that is excellent in a stressful environment.
Mikki and I try to do small things each day to be more self-sufficient. Sometimes these things double as a hobby. We have made a small vegetable garden and setup an herb planter in the backyard. We love the feeling of cooking with stuff we grew and harvested ourselves.
Many of us spend much of our time behind the wheel. It is important to keep this in mind when planning for the unexpected, since you should incorporate all of the places you spend your time.
The emergency supplies you keep in your vehicle are important, but so is how you drive, and like so many other skills it should become a practiced habit.
Being continually aware of your immediate surroundings and your present situation is something that could easily save your life. Learning to be observant and to continually assess is something that takes constant practice, but it may be one of the most important aspects to finding your way out of a bad situation, or for avoiding one altogether.
When planning for survival, or when you find yourself in a survival situation, it is important to prioritize your needs. Keeping a level head and focusing on what is most important first can serve as a distraction to keep panic from setting in.