Evacuation Kit – Part 2 – Water

One of the most important things you can have on your Evacuation Kit checklist is water.

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Water is essential and necessary to survive.  For your evacuation kit, the rule-of-thumb for each kit:

1 gallon of water/day = 3 gallons total.

That is the amount needed for water and sanitation.  More may need to be taken into account:

Children, nursing mothers and sick people

A medical emergency is involved

Weather climate – in very hot temperatures, water needs can DOUBLE.

3 gallons of water = 384 ounces.

Keep in mind, also that water can be heavy!  3 gallons of water = approximately 25 pounds.

Here are some suggestions that you would have to decide is the best way for you and your family.  

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Available at your local grocery store

Typical-Sized Water Bottles – 23 bottles

A normal-sized bottle of water is 16.9 ounces.

* Easier to maneuver in your kit than gallon-sized containers
* Shelf-life approximately 2 years
* Inexpensive option
* Easy to rotate
* Easily available – local grocery stores

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Water Boxes

A box of Aqua Water is 8.45 ounces.

* Pastureized & sterilized
* 5 year shelf life
* Easier to pack – can fit in small openings/places
* Approx. .059 cents a box


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 Water Pouches 

A pouch of water is 4.2 ounces.

* 5 year shelf life
*Easy to pack
*approx. .023 cents a pouch



It is recommended you purchase food grade water storage containers from surplus or camping supplies stores to use for water storage.

Before filling with water, thoroughly clean the containers with dishwashing soap and water and rinse completely so there is no residual soap.

If you chose to use your own storage containers, choose two-liter plastic soft drink bottles – not plastic jugs or cardboard containers that have had milk or fruit juice in them. Milk protein and fruit sugars cannot be adequately removed from these containers and provide an environment for bacterial growth when water is stored in them. Cardboard containers also leak easily and are not designed for long-term storage of liquids. Also, do not use glass containers, because they can break and are heavy.


Follow these steps for storing water in plastic soda bottles.

Thoroughly clean the bottles with dishwashing soap and water, and rinse completely so there is no residual soap.

Sanitize the bottles by adding a solution of 1 teaspoon of non-scented liquid household chlorine bleach to a quart of water. Mix the sanitizing solution in the bottle so that it touches all surfaces. After sanitizing the bottle, thoroughly rinse out the sanitizing solution with clean water.

Fill the bottle to the top with regular tap water. If the tap water has been commercially treated from a water utility with chlorine, you do not need to add anything else to the water to keep it clean. If the water you are using comes from a well or water source that is not treated with chlorine, add two drops of non-scented liquid household chlorine bleach to the water. Let the water stand for 30 minutes before using.

A slight chlorine odor should be noticeable in the water, if not, add another dose of bleach and allow the water to stand another 15 minutes.

Tightly close the container using the original cap. Be careful not to contaminate the cap by touching the inside of it with your finger. Place a date on the outside of the container so you can know when you filled it. Store in cool, dark place.

Water can also be treated with water purification tablets that can be purchased at most sporting goods stores.

Water that has not been commercially bottled should be replaced every six months.

What we are doing:

We are a family of four:  Two adults and two teenagers.  For our evacuation kits, we have all water bottles in our kits.  Each one of us has our own rolling suitcase that includes all our items, including our waters.

Outside our evacuation kits, we each have our own commercially bottled 5-gallon jugs of water that I am constantly rotating.

How are you doing with your water?  Please leave a comment below!


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