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Week #1: Water to Carry

Water is to essential life. You cannot survive without water. For that reason, water should be the first thing you add to your 72 hour supplies. But there is one problem: water is heavy! The recommended 3 gallons per person (for a 3 day period) weighs 25 pounds (8.33 gallons per pound)!

water storage



You will not be able to carry 25 pounds of water plus all your other supplies. Instead, I recommend packing just enough drinking water for the first day. So this week, add 1/2 gallon of water per person to your pack.  (The other 1/2 gallon of water that is recommended by FEMA is for cleaning etc).

This purpose of this 1/2 gallon is to get you through until you can find an alternate water source.  Next week, we will talk about how to make that alternate source safe to drink.

Ideas / Options:

Consider the following as you decide which will work best for your family.

  • Water BottlesBuild a robust, personalized 72 hour kit one week at a time over 26 weeks
  • Water Boxes
  • Water Pouches

What We Have Done In Our Family:

I like the ease of rotating and purchasing water bottles. We have eight 16.9

ounce bottles and 3 water boxes in each of our large adult kits. We also have 3 water boxes in each of our 6 year old boy’s kits.

How About You?

Leave me a comment and tell what type of water you will be adding to your kit supplies


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