When you make a list of the most essential items you need to survive, the list can be short. The reality is that as much as we have in our houses and in our lives on a daily basis that we think we can’t do without, the things that we really cannot do without is very short. That said, as few of them as there are, water is surely at or near the very top of the list.
Daily water intake is very important to good health under normal conditions. It’s estimated that the human body needs about two quarts of water each day to function properly. Factor in conditions that are more stressful and take a significant toll on the body, and the need for water becomes even greater.
Keeping large supplies of drinking water on hand for emergencies is a good idea, but depending on the nature of your emergency situation, you might also have to access other resources of water that will need to be purified; protracted sorts of survival situations may last longer than what you have on hand in reserve will cover, and so it is imperative that you familiarize yourself with some basic methods of water purification.
A great way to purify water is with water purification tablets. The principal purifying ingredient in these tablets is iodine, which attacks the microorganisms in the water. After about 30 minutes, the water is safe to drink. Getting water purification tablets is easy; a quick Google search for them will return a lot of useful results.
Similar to tablets is something called tincture of iodine. 2% iodine tincture is a common antiseptic, and is a great way to purify water. It generally comes in a small bottle with a dropper application; about 5 drops per quart of water should do the trick (as with the tablets, let the water sit for about 30 minutes before drinking it).
Lastly, there is the old standby of boiling water. If you have a way to construct a fire or have another heat source that will allow you to do this, it will work fine. To purify, you will want to boil the water at least a minute before drinking it if you’re at sea level, and for an additional minute for every 1,000 feet above sea level at which you’re located.
The ability to hydrate at all times is essential. As the human body is made up of 90 percent water, the ingestion of plenty of water is necessary for it to maintain its efficiency. Having a good reserve supply of drinking water on-hand is a no-brainer, but it is also smart to know how you can purify water that is not already potable (drinkable). That said, as with all survival preparations, take the time in advance to get your supplies in order; water purification tablets and other means of purifying water are very useful, but cannot do you any good in an emergency if they’re still sitting on a survival supply company’s warehouse shelves.
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