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Bushcraft or BS: Collecting Rain in Water Bottles

This is a great tip. It’s a pretty simple concept, collect water in empty water bottles. What makes this special is slitting and fanning out the sides of the bottle to maximize the surface area. Check it out:

Ok, let’s go over the pros and cons:

Pro: It’s easy to set up. All you need is a knife, some plastic bottles found almost anywhere, and a place to bury the tops. It also doesn’t take very long to make one (about 2 minutes per bottle).

Con: If you’re set-up is in a storm, they could blow away easily. I’d say how you bury/anchor them should be determined by what kind of storm you are dealing with (common sense).

Pro: They collect a substantial amount of water in a short amount of time. That mean this is not just a parlor trick, but an actual life saving method.

While this is an exceedingly simple tip (you could think this up on your own), in a stressful situation, it can be difficult to problem solve. Now that you’ve seen this tip, you are pretty much guaranteed to remember it if you ever do find yourself in a survival situation.

What do you think? Is this something you’re going to tuck away in your arsenal? Let me know in the comments if you liked this and what other hacks you’d like to see us put to the test.

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2 thoughts on “Bushcraft or BS: Collecting Rain in Water Bottles”

  1. really liked the demo on the knife i just purchased but i hope this demo comes with the knife because it is a gift. and The main reason I purchase these knives is because of the wonderful video’s you have sent so far. keep up the great work.
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  2. Collecting rain water is a good idea for urban survival. (since there aren’t a lot of streams in the city). One thing to add is a large chunk filter. Use that bucket of sand to catch the water, have the bucket tilted a few degrees to one side for overflow. Have a hole in the bottom to let the filtered water through, and if you line your bottles up, when the top one is full then the ones underneath fill. I am sure you have seen the champagne glass towers so the principle should be familiar. A good article and a good idea.