When prepping for the outdoors or a survival situation, having access to clean drinking water is critical. But what do you do when you don’t have access to clean water sources? Fortunately, there are several ways to filter water in the wild to make it safe for drinking.

  1. Boiling: One of the simplest and most effective ways to purify water in the wild is to boil it. Bring the water to a rolling boil for at least one minute to kill any bacteria, viruses, or parasites that may be present.

  2. Filtration: You can use a water filter or purifier to remove contaminants from water. Look for a filter that removes bacteria, viruses, and protozoa, and consider using a pre-filter to remove larger debris.

  3. Chemical treatment: Chemical treatments like iodine or chlorine can also be used to purify water. Follow the instructions on the package and be sure to wait the recommended time before drinking the treated water.

  4. Solar still: A solar still can be used to purify water in areas where there is no water source or where the available water is contaminated. A solar still uses the sun’s energy to evaporate water, which then condenses and drips into a collection container.

  5. Charcoal filtration: You can make a simple charcoal filter to remove impurities from water. Fill a container with layers of sand, charcoal, and gravel, and then pour water through the top. The charcoal will help to remove contaminants from the water.

  6. Natural filtration: In some cases, you can use natural materials to filter water. For example, you can make a simple filter using moss, grass, and sand. Layer these materials in a container and pour water through the top.

When filtering water in the wild, it’s important to remember that not all methods are equally effective. Boiling and filtration are generally the most reliable methods, but they may not be possible in all situations. Be sure to have multiple methods available and consider carrying a water filter or purifier in your prepping gear.