Pioneer Preps: Rain Catches

In a survival situation whether you are being nomadic or setting up a new homestead a key factor to your prosperity is going to be your access to water. Every time I go out on a Bug Out trip or just your run of the mill camping trip I like to find my nearest water source. Sometimes it might be far away from your camp and hauling water can be tough at roughly 9lbs a gallon. Fortunately there are times when we are blessed that the water comes to us. Rain might slow down camp activates or threaten your fire but its water delivered right to your doorstep. Arguably very clean water as well. My thoughts is to take advantage of this and to do so you will need some rain catches.

By Grimm, a contributing author to SHTFBlog & Survival Cache

Collecting rain is a fairly simple activity. It has been done since biblical times. If you have a plastic grocery bag you can collect some rain water but to do it well you are going to want to optimize your surface area and be able to store your liquid gold. Nearly every survivalist, bushcrafter or camper has some sort of rain fly. It doesn’t matter if it’s a simple tarp or something specially made to go over your shelter. This is free rain collecting real estate. Not only will it not absorb the rain but it is already part of your shelter so you are not adding any weight. Now all you need is a way to collect it.

Related: Why Capture Rain Water

Being able to funnel all the rain into a container is the key. In very arid regions not a drop should be wasted. Funnel is the operative word because this is exactly what I decided to use to make my rain catches. By modifying some funnels I found on Amazon I was able to collect the rain into containers very easily. These funnels have threads on them so one can attach plastic bottles or even garden hoses to them. No loss of water will happen from bottles tipping over. Another bonus is most littered bottles found out in the woods will attach so even though you might only carry one container you could find more and start your water storage.

Light, inexpensive, versatile, and small. Check out the video to see how easily you can make your very own rain catches at home.

Check Out My Video On Rain Catches

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  • Roger Jensen June 6, 2019, 9:20 pm

    I have done something similar to this. Using the cut-off tops of plastic ‘sports’ bottle, i.e. pop-top squeeze bottles, unscrew the pop-top and place the corner of a plastic grocery bag into the cut off opening down in thru the male-end of the screw-on connection. Then, trim off the corner of the bag protruding from screw-on connection and fold about one inch of plastic bag back up over the threads of the male-end. Screw the pop-top back on, ready to go. I have used a metal-mesh screen (like the type used in kitchen sink drains) to catch debris, since it’s not attached, it cleans out very quickly. This setup will catch more water quicker but is harder to control/maintain in a hard rain. However, the idea of being able to attach directly to a plastic bottle is a great one so I’m going to try it! Thank you for the ideal! GLAHP!

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