I recently read an article about The Secret to Carrying 72 Hours of Water that talked about the options that we need to consider when it comes to having 72 hours worth of water on us in a bug out situation.
When you create a bug out bag, you are making sure that you have enough food and water and general items to get you through at least 3 days worth. Personally, I have a BONCH (bug out never coming home) bag that is a mix between a bug out bag and an INCH (I’m never coming home) bag so my bag can help get me through more than just 3 days worth.
In saying that, it’s still difficult to carry 3 days worth of water.
For me, I’m not only packing supplies for myself but also for my child and for my 2 dogs. So now I’m having to carry a lot more water not just for me, but for my child and dogs, too. My dogs can’t carry 3 days worth of water on their backs and neither can my toddler.
So there’s a lot to consider here when it comes to bugging out.
1. Types of containers. I personally like to have a water bladder in my bug out bag. It’s easy to fill, easy to access and holds quite a bit of water. My daughter loves to drink from the water bladder. I’m even considering getting a child size water bladder to have her carry because she loves it so much. However, with her only being 20 months old (at the time of writing this blog post), she may still be a bit young for that. Though she does like to wear a backpack, she also likes to just take it off when she’s bored or tired.
Anyway, a water bladder is a great option.
There are of course regular water bottles. I would suggest getting a water bottle with a filter already in it. There’s the MUV water bottle, LifeStraw water bottle and even the Seychelle water bottle with filters already inside of them which is convenient.
Water bottles can be bulky, though.
You may also want to consider the bagged water. Though be careful with the bagged water because I did an endurance test on it once and the bags can break when under pressure. There’s not a whole lot of water inside each bagged water, either. But it is a consideration.
I also really like the collapsible canteens. They roll up tight and are lightweight to pack away and when you want to drink out of them, just pull them out and fill them up. You can even use them with a lot of water straws like the Survivor Filter.
2. Region. Do you live in a region that gets extremely hot? You’ll be drinking a lot more water during hot seasons. That means carrying more than you might expect to drink on a normal day. Does your area have a lot of water around? You may want to consider just stopping every so often and purifying some water along the way, instead of carrying all of it.
3. Can you use a vehicle or another wheeled item? If you bug out in your vehicle, then the logical solution is to simply carry more gallons of water in your vehicle and use that. However, if you do have to grab your gear and abandon the vehicle for whatever reason, how will you then take the water? Maybe you have a cart/wagon/stroller that can help carry water? Sometimes it doesn’t absolutely have to go on your back.
4. Types of water purification. Because I carry a bladder, one of the best ways for me to purify water is with some sort of pump like the Survivor Filter Pro or the MUV Backcountry Pump. If you want quick water along the way without stopping for too long, you could also get a straw like the LifeStraw, MUV Filter or Survivor Filter.
If you’re planning to make camp somewhere, you could get a gravity filter like the LifeStraw Mission.
These are all just suggestions and ideas to get you thinking about what is going to be best for you and your needs. Try out a variety of options and see what is going to work best.
Here are some videos below that talk more about water for bugging out:
Conquer tomorrow, by preparing today.