If you're ever out camping, or in a survival situation, it's essential to know how to purify water. This is a simple method that anyone could do, and does not require any fancy equipment. All you'll really need is a water canteen, close-knit cloth, another container, and a fire (or camp stove). I recommend collecting water only from flowing sources such as rivers whenever possible. Just do yourself a favor and avoid collecting water near, or downstream from, known animal homes.
What you'll need:
- Water canteen
- Close-knit cloth (like a bandanna)
- Campfire (or a camp stove)
- Once you find an ideal location, scoop the water while holding the cloth by the corners. Then bring the corners of the cloth together to form a bag and strain into a container. This will remove any dirt and other visible particles, though not all unseen elements that could be harmful.
- The easiest way to ensure water purification is to boil it. Take the previously filtered water over a fire or camp stove. If you don't know how to start a fire on your own, here's a good video to watch that'll teach you the basics.
- Bring the water to a rolling boil and let it go a full ten minutes before removing from the heat. Pour the purified water into your water canteen and allow it to cool. It's now completely safe to drink!