Water is extremely important to survival. Since the body is comprised of about 75%of water, it is no doubt that we need water regularly. Did you know that humans can survive for weeks without food but only a few days without adequate water? Even in cold climates, water can be crucial to survival.
Everyone knows the importance of water during the heat of summer. Still, water is equally important in cold weather, as well. You lose water by sweating during strenuous activity, and breathing is another way you lose valuable fluids. Dehydration promotes chilling and the risk of frostbite or hypothermia.
Finding a source of safe drinking water should be a priority for you if you ever become stranded in the wilderness. Don’t wait until the first signs of dehydration set in before you start looking for water to drink. Finding water takes time and energy, so start early.
As in any survival situation, always look for surface water first. It is possible to find water in streams, lakes, and rivers. Still, more than likely, your drinking water supply is bound to be in the frozen form of snow or ice in the cold months of winter or Arctic climates.
It may seem obvious to just scoop up some snow and eat it like ice cream to replenish your lost fluids. This is not a good idea. Never place snow or ice in your mouth. Doing this can harm the inside of your mouth. Also, the cold temperature of the ice or snow will only make it harder. Gather clean snow or ice to begin making water from ice or snow. If possible, use ice instead of snow. Ice provides more valuable water than snow. Also, ice melts faster than snow.
When melting snow or ice, be certain you have enough fuel wood. It takes a long time to melt snow or ice into drinking water.
Don’t place a bunch of snow into your melting pot. The fire will not produce water in this way. It is best to put just a small portion of snow or ice in the pot. Once this melts, add just a bit more snow or ice to be dissolved it into water. Add just enough until it floats freely in the water. Continue the process.
Another method to try is using a piece of clothing as a sack for the snow. Tie the sleeves of a T-shirt and fill it with snow or ice. Suspend the load over a container that is next to your fire. The water will filter through The shirt and into the container.
Water is essential for survival even in cold winter climates. Gather drinking water by melting snow and ice slowly. Keeping yourself hydrated will allow the best chances of survival. Drinking enough water to replenish lost fluids can help to prevent frostbite and hypothermia. Remember that melting ice and snow takes a considerable time, so plan ahead for your drinking needs in a winter climate survival situation.