As we all know, water is life. This is especially true if you’re stranded in the woods, because dehydration comes quickly and without mercy. But if you don’t have a canteen or aren’t near a water source, or you don’t have a means to purify the water you do find, there is a neat trick to collect drinking water you should probably know.

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Dave Canterbury, the founder of the Pathfinder School and Self-Reliance Outfitters, is highly regarded in the wilderness survival world, and in this video he sits down to explain how to use a simple handkerchief or bandana to collect drinking water while you walk around through the woods in the morning.

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According to Dave, simply tie the bandana around your ankle before you begin walking around in the early hours, when dew is still on much of the undergrowth and foliage. Then, when you’re mobile, the handkerchief will absorb much of the dew. Whenever you stop, you can simply wring the cloth out and drink the water that’s been collected. It’s that simple.

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