Last month I participated in a discussion group about Emergency Kits. The three kits reviewed were the 72-hour Kit, the Get Home Bag, and the School Kit. I will add information about these kits to the Plan to Be Prepared page, hopefully soon.
In the meantime, I want to touch briefly upon one of the important elements of our Emergency Kits: Water.
I don’t intend to cover this topic fully as there are many, many articles about it on just about every Preparedness-related blog on the Internet. As basic information, though, our Emergency Kits need to have a minimum of one gallon of water per person, per day. This amount is for drinking purposes only. If water is needed for food prep, that needs to be calculated separately. Don’t go crazy though, water weighs just over 8 pounds/gallon – portability becomes a real issue with that kind of load!
Personally, I like THIS article for the useful and comprehensive information it provides about Water in our Kits. It was written before the introduction of the Life Straw, though, so I do recommend that a Life Straw should also be part of your 72-hour Kit and your Get Home Bag.
There is one topic, though, that comes up often when discussing water for our Emergency Kits that causes concern, especially among those who are just starting to get prepared. That is: Is It Safe To Store Bottled Water in the Hot Car?
I’ve been reviewing articles for the past couple of weeks about this question and I think THIS ARTICLE and THIS ARTICLE provide sound information to help dispel the fears that most Internet sources stir up. Now, I know that, if you’ve made up your mind that keeping bottled water in the car is bad, nothing will dissuade you from that opinion. Nevertheless, I am providing an alternative viewpoint for those who may be interested.
That said, personally, I do not like the taste bottled water gets when it has been sitting in the car for a long time. That’s just me whining about my first-world problems, though. Rotating the bottled water out of your car every couple of weeks helps with that problem.
Here’s how I handle Water in my Emergency Kits: bottled water for my 72-hour kit, pouches for my Get Home Bag (for carry-ability and I only need to rotate them at my six month reboot), plus I bring a bottle or two of water as part of my Every Day Carry kit (EDC). Again, that’s just how my Emergency Water plan has evolved. Everyone else needs to find out what works for them.
So, back to the question, “Is It Safe To Store Bottled Water in the Hot Car?” Regardless of safety concerns/nasty taste/whatever with bottled water stored in the car, I like how one blogger gets to what’s really relevant: even if heated plastic bottles of water are full of leached chemicals, when you are in “a situation” and you need water, dehydration is a bigger concern than drinking plastic-contaminated water for a few days.
HOW DO YOU HANDLE WATER STORAGE IN YOUR EMERGENCY KITS?