Check out these melting snow for survival tips that may save your life. You’ve been trying to ration your drinking water for several days now, but in the next day or two, your family will be left with nothing. Yikes! This can be an alarming situation because you and your party will only last for a few days without water.
Yet if this situation takes place in the wintertime, it’s not as bad as it seems. Survivalists will tell you that snow can be used as a liquid drinking beverage when your water supply has run out.
Melting Snow for Survival
Once you’ve run out of drinking water, you’ll have to rely on the snow around you to stay hydrated. I’d strongly encourage you not to suck on the snow or ice that’s around you. Do you know a few of the best ways to melt the snow?
That’s okay if you don’t because I’m more than happy to share with you a few different ways of doing so. Here are a number of tips for melting snow, especially for survival purposes.
Boiling is probably the most effective way to melt snow, and everyone should take the time to learn this basic survival skill. This method also helps to kill any bacteria that may be present in the snow.
As long as you have a fire and a cooking pot, there’s really no reason why anyone should become dehydrated as long as there’s snow available.
Though it would be nice if you had a camping stove available, it’s not necessary. A fire pit would also do the trick.
To start out, place a small amount of snow in the pot while it’s nestled over the fire. Then begin to add more as it starts to melt, but make sure that you don’t add too much snow such that it melts over the top or causes the pot to sink into the fire itself.
You don’t want your water overflowing everywhere. Another thing to remember is to keep the lid on your pot as your snow is boiling. That way it’s able to maintain heat and the snow will melt faster for you. I have these pans with a lid, they would work great: Farberware 4-Quart
Use Warm Heat that’s Nearby
You may think that a pillowcase is something that you should only use to cover your pillow, but it can also function as a filter too. All you need to do is fill it up with snow and then tie it to a low hanging branch that’s close to your fire. Just make sure that you don’t place the pillowcase directly over your fire.
Then place a pot or large bowl below the pillowcase in order to catch the water. In as little as 30 minutes you should have up to a quart of drinking water available.
Some survivalists prefer to use a mosquito head net to help drain out the water, but be careful not to put it too close to the fire if this is what you decide to use. The head net is made of nylon and it will melt fairly easily.
If you happen to have a flask of hot water and an extra container with you, melting snow for drinking purposes will be easy peasy. To get started, put a handful of snow into your empty water bottle or insulated container and follow up behind it with a splash of hot water. Do this repeatedly until the container is filled to the top. In case you missed this post, How To Use A Kelly Kettle
Rely on Solar Heat
Though this method takes a little longer than the previous two, it’s still quite effective. Even if it’s a cold winter day, as long as you have plenty of sunshine, it should work. Start out by filling up a trash bag with snow and then place it in a spot that’s nice and toasty with direct sunlight.
Allow it to sit there as you go about your tasks for the day and when you come back, you’ll be surprised how much drinking water you have.
Now you might be thinking that a trash bag filled with water isn’t necessarily the easiest thing to lug around. And I agree with you. If you want to try something that’s light and portable, you could also use clear sandwich baggies or larger Ziploc bags that will be much more convenient.
When you don’t have a campfire at your disposal, that’s okay. Relying on solar heat is already a passive method for melting snow, but there’s also another you could try. This is something that you could do when you’re out on a hike or when you’re going about other business while you’re outdoors.
Start out with a small amount of water in the bottom of your water bottle. This helps to aid the snow with the melting process more quickly. Then go ahead and add a little bit of snow, allowing it to slosh around as you’re walking.
After going a little bit further, add some more snow to your water bottle. Repeat this process until you’ve reached the desired amount of liquid in your water bottle.
Avoid Sucking on Snow and Ice
When you’re facing a critical survival situation, you certainly don’t want to find yourself sucking on snow or ice to stay hydrated, because you’re actually doing the opposite. Doing so can actually reduce your core body temperature, which can be a very dangerous thing when you’re having to spend several cold winter nights outdoors.
Hyperthermia is the last thing that you need to be dealing with at the moment. Believe it or not, sucking on snow and ice can also have a dehydrating effect on your body. This is why you should always boil or melt snow beforehand.
As you’re gathering your snow to melt for your drinking purposes, be sure that you’re collecting clean and fresh snow. You don’t want to be using snow that’s stained or discolored for obvious reasons.
For some of these melting tips that you can use out in the wilderness, it will require you to be a bit more patient because it may take a while, but as long as there’s snow, you’ll be fine. Let me know if you have other ideas we can share with my readers. May God Bless this world, Linda.
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