FINDING WATER IN THE WILDERNESS
While food is important when lost or stranded in the wilderness, water is even more necessary. Below we are showing a method to obtain water.
All plants take water from the soil and transpire it into the air, much like you sweat. You can trap this water by taping a clear plastic bag over a branch or cluster of branches having green leaves. Tie the bag closed around the branch or branches and tie the other end of the bag down to be able to catch the droplets of water. Keep the leaves out of the collected water to avoid bacteria.
You can set up several of these in less than an hour. Production depends on the plant and sub-soil moisture. In one test, a single bag on one branch produced about a gallon per day for three days.
CAUTION: Avoid plants that are toxic or poisonous.
(c) Copyright 1994 by Miriam Kramer
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Links to Survival Information
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What should I put into my survival kit? Wilderness Survival Kit
Learn to cook in the wilderness without pots: Wilderness Cooking
Learn several ways to build a fire without matches: Fire Starting
Learn how to make a solar still: Solar Still
Learn how to get water from vegetation: Vegetation Bag
See all the Wilderness Survival Information: Wilderness Survival Site Map