- Bottled water
- Boxed water
- Water purification tablets
- Filtration straw
You need 2 liters of water per day
What about water
Experts suggest having enough water on hand in your emergency kit to last 72 hours, or somewhere in the neighborhood of 6 liters. Here are our top choices for your emergency supply of water. We're not worrying about bathing or cooking. We just want to make sure you have enough water to drink.
Water is life
Our bodies tend to have several weeks worth of reserve energy from food stores, but lack of fluid causes problems with kidney function within a few days. The maximum time an individual can go without water seems to be a week — an estimate that would certainly be shorter in difficult conditions, like broiling heat.
You should have a supply of drinking water on hand so you can stay alive, and 2 liters a day will do it. Keeping a big bottle of water next to your GoBag is a great option and you can just grab it and go. People worry that bottled water won't keep, but properly sealed it should last at least a year, or longer. Just as you need to check your medicines once a year, swapping out water is a minimal worry. So our first recommendation, although we hate plastic bottles, is buy a store-bought bottle of water and put it next to your GoBag. Make sure you keep a bottle of water in the car along with your Car GoBag.
Where we live we can't get liquid shipped to us, so we buy water in a sealed bottle locally and put it next to our GoBags. We also have a bottle of water treatment tablets which would help us have pure water for almost a week for 2. The Datrex pouches are highly rated. A box of 12 is good for one person, two boxes of 12 is a better value than a box of 18, and they offer a box of 66 for a family. They promise to stay fresh for 5 years. Finally, the LifeStraw gives you 1,000 liters without chemicals, so it's another option to consider.
Whatever you choose, stay hydrated.
Better than bottled and keeps for 2 years:
Boxed Water 500mL 12 Pack
Better than bottled water. Our boxes are made of paper from sustainable well-managed forests.
Purified water via an 8-step process includes reverse osmosis, carbon filtration, and UV light treatment.
100% recyclable and 100% BPA free.
We put one of these in each of our GoBags:
Water Treatment (50 Tabs)
Why we like these tablets: You have to have water, but your sources of water might be sketchy. These are easy to use, and one bottle will treat 25 quarts (23 liters) so this definitely has you covered for more than 72 hours. Add to questionable water and in 30 minutes you've got water ready to drink.
These are highly rated:
12 – 125 ml Water Pouches (1.5 liters)
Emergency purified water for immediate use; lightweight and extremely compact(12)-125 ml sachets
Loss potential minimized due to individual sachets and ideal for storage
Easy to dispense from a premeasured sachet; superior packaging materials for optimum durability in your survival kit
One more cool item:
LifeStraw Water Filter
Award-winning LifeStraw water filter is a must-carry tool for hiking, camping, travel, and emergencies; no disaster kit is complete without it
Filters up to 1000 liters of contaminated water without iodine, chlorine, or other chemicals; does not require batteries and has no moving parts
Removes minimum 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria, 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites, and filters to 0.2 microns; surpasses EPA filter standards
Now keep your energy up!
Read our article about food here: You don't need "emergency" food
About our methodology
We spent hours reviewing materials from FEMA (the US Federal Emergency Management Agency), the Red Cross, the Humane Society as well as a host of other government and non-governmental organizations to put together the checklist of necessary items. We then spent many more hours reviewing products. We look for quality, completeness without overkill, high customer ratings, and price. We read the customer reviews and note their experience. And of course, these are the items we personally bought.