As a child I used to read about solar stills made by digging a hole in the desert and covering it with clear plastic, I was an adult by the time I actually visited a desert environment, but I was very disappointed with the results.
However, by placing a plastic bag over the leaves of a living plant, you can extract clean, drinkable water from plant leaves. This survival tip is very easy to do.
I was able to collect much more water condensed from leaves than I could from the typical solar still dug into the ground. Additionally, this method too far less work and effort.
Condense Drinkable Water From Plant Leaves
- Several Large clear plastic bags
- String or cord
- Live, non-poisonous vegetation with green deciduous leaves
- Tie a clear plastic bag on the end of a plant or small tree branch. The bag should be sealed very tightly over the branch so water cannot escape.
- Water vapor will collect and condense in the bag.
- Wait until evening for maximum condensation before removing the bag.
- Switch the bag to another branch and repeat.
Gathering water condensed from leaves is much easier than other condensation methods, but as with any method it takes a lot of stills to get enough water.