Whether you're prepping for your next hunting or camping trip, or making your move off-grid, having a dependable source of drinkable water is a survival necessity. The average person will survive only a week at best without clean water, so it's smart to plan ahead and pick a filtration system that best suits your needs.
Important things to consider are:
o How many people will need water, and for how long?
o Filter longevity and availability of replacements
o Durability -- How long can you count on clean water from the device?
For a weekend camping or hunting trip, or just to update your family's bug-out bag, easy to pack water purification tablets, like Coghlan's Drinking Water Germicidal Tablets, are an easy and effective way to ensure clean drinking water for a large group. Small and compact, each bottle contains 50 tablets, with only two tablets needed per quart of water. Most experts recommend a gallon of drinking water per person per day, so one bottle of tablets will create six and a quarter gallons, enough for two people for three days, with a little left over. And don't forget to factor in your four-legged companions as well.
Another light and compact option would be the LifeStraw Personal Water Filter. This filter will purify up to 264 gallons of water, and has a shelf life of five years, making it perfect for storing in your cabin, bug out bag, or with your emergency supplies. Having one for every member of your family ¬will go a long way towards ensuring your water security in a survival situation.
If you're looking for a longer lasting solution, then a water purification system is your best bet. Berkey Water Filtration Systems are some of the very best available, and can be expanded to meet any need, from a camping trip for a week to outfitting your cabin in the woods for a long-term solution. C
Survival situations, whether short term or long term, are stressful enough without the constant worry of a source of clean drinking water. Don't take chances -- be prepared: make a plan, evaluate your needs, and be sure you have the proper system to cover your situation. Every item we carry at MyPatriotSupply.com has been personally used and tested by us, and we stand behind their quality and durability. Remember, freedom comes from attaining a certain level of self-reliance, and at My Patriot Supply.com, we're honored to be a part of your preparedness plans. See you next week!
Climate -- Temperature, humidity levels and altitude are additional factors that can determine how long you can survive without water. Hot and humid conditions can make you sweat more, which causes fluid loss and requires that you take in additional fluids to keep your body functions working normally. In addition, being higher than 8,200 feet often stimulates more frequent urination and faster breathing, which uses up more of your body water.
Age, Body Fat and Gender -- How long you can survive without water also depends on how much total body water content you have. Total body water varies by age, gender and even body fat. Men's bodies are composed of about 60 percent water, and women's bodies are composed of about 50 percent. Babies' bodies are composed of about 77 percent water, and the elderly have between 46 to 52 percent. The more body fat you have decreases the percentage of fluid you have. Fat free mass, such as lean muscle, has roughly 70 to 75 percent water, but fat tissue contains between 10 and 40 percent water. The less body water you have, the less time you can survive without clean drinking water.
General Health Status -- Illness, such as fever, diarrhea and vomiting, can cause you to lose additional fluids. In addition, taking certain medications -- especially diuretics -- can also increase fluid loss. On the other hand, engaging in a great deal of physical activity or exercise, even walking long distances because of a natural disaster, can increase the amount of water you need to survive.
Symptoms of Dehydration -- Here's what signs to watch out for:
* Dark Urine -- Urine is generally pale yellow to clear when you have sufficient water intake. Dark color or strong smell indicates that you need to drink more water.
* Dry Skin -- Your skin is your body's largest organ and it requires its share of water.
* Thirst -- Thirst is the most obvious sign that you're already dehydrated.
* Hunger -- Most people mistake feelings of hunger as a need to eat more, where in fact, they may be dehydrated.
* Fatigue -- Water is a source of energy and gives you a boost in energy.