According to the Rule of Three, you can survive:
Here comes the hard part: deciding whether shelter or water is more important when SHTF. Depending on the environment, the answer could be either one. Both resources are crucial to your survival.
However, to say that water is your first priority is wrong – sometimes. The same can be said for shelter.
You need to maintain a safe body core temperature to ensure survival. When trapped in an environment where hypothermia could be a problem, then shelter may become your number one priority. If you’re prepared to find or build shelter, your priorities may change. (Related: 5 Preps that you need to master to be the ultimate survivor.)
It's possible to survive for several days without water, but severe hypothermia can cause death within hours. Your clothes, outerwear, and literal shelter, or anything that protects you from the elements, belong to the survival category of "shelter."
Take note that preventing exposure to excessive heat is just as important as preventing hypothermia. You should also prioritize shelter over water when exposed to extreme heat.
You should prioritize hydration if you haven't had water to drink in a while. The survival "rule of thumb" of three days without any liquids may seem exaggerated, especially since some people survive much longer without water. However, these cases are exceptions to the rule.
The human body is constantly evaporating and exhaling moisture. Without clean drinking water, you will become dehydrated and your health will deteriorate rapidly.
In a survival scenario, your priority isn't just water, it's clean drinking water. Even if you have access to contaminated water, you will need a way to boil and filter it.
Aside from shelter and water, there are other things that could be considered survival priorities.
Life is unpredictable and your survival priority will depend on the scenario that you're facing. As a prepper, you need to be adaptable so you can overcome whatever hurdle is thrown your way.
Instead of choosing between just water or shelter, take note of these five main categories for your survival:
Covering all five categories however you can will significantly improve your chances of surviving different SHTF scenarios.
Don't wait until disaster strikes before you learn how to purify water or build a shelter.
If you had to choose between water or shelter as a survival priority, shelter would almost always win. But this is only because in worst case scenarios, there is a higher chance of losing your life quicker due to exposure to the elements compared to dehydration.