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Nine Tips on water

Every drop could count

Water is an essential ingredient for survival but frankly it is often a very limited resource. It is vital to ensure you manage your water smartly and efficiently. Space and weight are also big factors in the amount of water you can carry and can restrict your travel plans. Where your travels take you, availability of clean, drinkable water, length of trip and population of the areas (amongst other things) all greatly affect how much water you should carry for your trip.

Here are nine tips on smart water use:

  1. If water is tight, showers should be the first thing to go. They are not essential and often use up large quantities of water. Instead take along a few packets of wet wipes and opt for a wet wipe bath. They are far from perfect, but do the job.
  2. Restrict washing up the dishes to once a day if you can. So load up on plates, bowls and cutlery. Every drop counts.
  3. You can imagine how easy a bowl of porridge would be to clean after a day of sitting on the bench... not very. Instead of rinsing... get that packet of wet wipes out and quickly wipe dishes clean when you are finished with them. When it comes time to wash up, it will be quicker and easier and the water won't be horrid by the end of it either.
  4. Take some sort of water filter or water tablets to make water safe to drink. If you have to pick up dodgy water it may save you from getting sick.
  5. Be aware of where you may be able to pick up water along the way and make sure you carry hoses (that are long enough) and any other equipment (like tap fittings) you may need to get the water.
  6. Sometimes you can't substitute a hand wash with running water but most of the time you can. Try using hand sanitiser and/or baby wipes to wash your hands with.
  7. Don't waste water for unnecessary things such as clothes washing unless you have access to more water (like a bore or town tap). Even if you think you have plenty, you never know what the future holds and how many drops you will be needing.
  8. Monitor your water use and ensure you are keeping on track with its use. If you are being too heavy handed, cut back somehow before it is too late and keep it in mind for next time.
  9. Carry a few old 1.5L drink bottles of just plain tap water under your seat that you can hand out if you come across someone in need.

Ensure you always carry enough spare water for an emergency. This means that you carry more than you intend to use! You may have car troubles in the middle of nowhere that will require you to put water in the radiator, or get stuck and need water for a few extra days than originally planned. Never waste your water! Always view it for the precious commodity it is... no matter where you are.

Jessica Toll