Surviving in the wilderness can be incredibly difficult.
If you’re not prepared, an unexpected problem could be life-threatening.
Here’s one survival trick that can save you from serious infection if you’re out in the wilderness.
According to the Survival Rule of Three, you can survive three minutes without breathable air, three hours without shelter in extreme conditions, three days without water, and three weeks without food.
With regard to water, it’s easy to take it for granted.
However, unforeseen problems can occur and you might find your water supply depleted.
If that’s the case, you’ll need to use alternative sources for potable water.
Fresh rainwater can quell your needs, but that isn’t something you can plan for in many climates.
If you’re in an area near a body of water, you’ll need to be able to use it as a resource.
However, drinking from a stream could be dangerous.
Untreated water can contain parasitic organisms such as cryptosporidium, which will cause serious gastrointestinal illness.
That’s why you need to boil water before drinking it or using it on open wounds.
One effective method for boiling water is using rocks.
If you build a campfire, you can use the flames to boil rocks and quickly purify the water.
First, rinse off the rocks to remove any dirt, ash, or soot.
Once you’ve done that, heat the rocks in fire for about 10-15 minutes so they reach an appropriate temperature.
Next, place the rocks in the vessel where you’ve collected your water.
If you don’t have a vessel on hand, you can use a knife to carve out a wooden vessel.
Place the rocks in the water and let them boil for around one minute.
Be sure never to reheat rocks immediately after they’ve been submerged in water.
The rapid change in temperature can cause the rocks to explode.
After this process is complete, the water should be safe for drinking.
It wouldn’t be a bad idea to filter the water through something, such as thin fabric, to capture any loose sediments.
Try not to boil too much water at once.
Smaller quantities (1-2 cups at a time) work best because they ensure that the rocks will be able to boil them.
This trick will come in handy if you’re living off the grid, if your water supply is suddenly jeopardized, or if you find yourself unexpectedly stranded for an extended amount of time.
While stream water may seem harmless, don’t risk it.
Gastrointestinal illness is no joke, especially when your first-aid options are limited.
Symptoms include diarrhea, fever, dehydration, and possibly death if not treated properly.
Take the precaution and boil the water so you’re not putting yourself at risk.
Hopefully, your journey into the wilderness doesn’t come down to boiling rocks, but it’s good to have as much survival knowledge as possible, because you never know what can happen.
The survivalists who struggle the most are the ones who overwhelmingly prioritize supplies over skills.