One of your first priorities in a survival situation will be to remain hydrated. The body cannot last long without water, so you want to ensure you have a water source. You should start looking immediately. Rain water, lakes, streams and rivers all provide water but that does not guarantee safety. These common water sources often contain bacteria that may cause a slew of problems. And, of course, water sources may not be easy to find. You need to preserve as much energy as possible. Trekking miles and miles to find a safe water supply may put you further into danger than necessary. If you are unable to find a water resource, you can make a simple water still with a container, a plastic sheet and your surroundings.
First you will need to dig a hole. It does not need to be deep, but just enough to fit your container in. Place your container in the hole and fill any gaps with foliage or any wet surroundings. You will then place your plastic sheet over the hole and anchor the sides with any debris, such as larger rocks, that you can find around you. You will want to place a smaller rock in the center of the sheet over the container. It needs to be just heavy enough to make a “drain” for the condensation to go into your container. Condensation will happen underneath the plastic sheet that you use. It will then run down to the center filling your container with distilled drinking water.
You may be wondering where you will get the plastic and container. Unfortunately, there is a lot of trash floating around these days. You won’t be hard pressed to find something that will work for either. Most times you will find that you can makeshift something with what you already brought with you. The baggie you brought your snack in, the gel pack that had your energy gel or even your clothing will work wonders in a pinch. Do not get discouraged by the time it takes or the quantity you get. Every bit is going to save your life.