In some areas you can find water by following the sound of a flowing stream or river. If your location is dry, here are some additional suggestions to locate water:
- Grazing animals usually head to water near dawn and dusk. Following them can often lead you to water.
- Look for an abundance of flies and mosquitoes. They tend to stay within approximately 400 feet of water.
- Dew sitting on grass in a field is an excellent source of water. Collect this by trailing a T-shirt or thin piece of cloth through the grass as you walk.
- Avoid drinking stagnant water. It is usually not suitable to drink even if you boil it.
- In the desert you can often find water by digging into a dry creek bed.
- Once you find a source of water, bring it to a boil if possible. Even the cleanest of mountain streams can have microbes and parasites in the water. If boiling is not an option, search out water from a flowing stream or dew on grass or leaves.
- You can make a water filter by layering bark, stones, sand, and charcoal and running the water through this before drinking.
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