Even when you are not thirsty, to survive in nature, you need to drink water regularly to keep your body hydrated.
It is much easier to find water in cold areas than in warm areas since you just need to melt snow or ice and you will be served!
Where to find water in cold areas?
- On all the places covered with snow which are starting to melt like the coves and the indentations of the coasts.
- In ponds, although these waters are stagnant and brownish, they nevertheless remain drinkable in cold and icy areas.
- In glacial streams, these waters can be milky because of the sediments they carry while flowing but it is enough just to filter them or to let them rest in a container before drinking.
To obtain drinking water, put snow or ice in a container and melt it either by putting it on the fire or simply well exposed to the sun. But you should know that you will have to be patient since it is cold and the ice takes time to melt.
To melt the ice faster, remember to place it on a surface that absorbs the sun’s rays well, such as a flat rock, a tarmac surface or a metal object that you place at an angle above a container.
Precautions to take before eating snow
Contrary to what many people think, eating snow does not hydrate your body, quite the contrary. However, the consumption of snow or ice will not cause any danger to your health provided that you take the following precautions:
- Let the ice melt in your mouth before swallowing it because if you don’t, you risk hurting your throat.
- When you feel feverish and tired, think about eating snow, it will bring some freshness to your body and help you relieve yourself.
- Don’t eat snow when you’re thirsty as it may further dehydrate your body.