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How to Find Drinking Water in the Wilderness

If you should ever find yourself stranded in the wilderness, it is important that you find water. Water is essential to survival and finding water quickly will ensure that you are able to focus on getting yourself rescued or finding your way back to where you came from.

First, take a few minutes to stand quietly and listen for the sound of water. This can be hard to do when you are panicked, so take a few deep breaths and try to really focus on listening for water. If you can hear water, you know that there is probably a stream, brook, or even a river nearby. Listening carefully and moving yourself closer to the water source is a great way to ensure you have water. Running water is also going to be the best option that you have when it comes to choosing your water source, because the movement makes it more difficult for algae and bacteria to start growing in the riverbed.

Second, start to look for animal tracks. When you notice that there are several animal tracks within the same proximity and they are headed in the same direction, you may be close to water. A single set of animal tracks may not be so indicative of a water source. Following these tracks and searching for the water as you follow the tracks can be a great way to figure out where the water is.

Third, make your way downhill. Even if you do not know where you are going, you will find that water moves into valleys. Searching for pools of rain, streams, or any other water source that is being pulled down the mountain is a great way to set yourself up for success when it comes to finding water.

Finally, if you find an area with exceptionally muddy or damp soil, you may want to dig into the soil. You may find that there is an underground water source that is providing that soil with the extra water. Use your hands to make sure you can scoop the dirt out of the hole and set it to the side.

Hopefully you will never find yourself trapped in the wilderness, but if you do, make sure that you get yourself some water!

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