Water for Your Bug Out Bag

October 3, 2014 by | 1 Comment

Since your bug out bag is designed to keep you alive, you’ll need both water and a means to acquire more.

Due to its weight (about 8.5 pounds per gallon) you won’t be able to carry a lot of water, so it’s critical to have a method to purify water. I recommend several methods so that you can quickly purify small amounts of water on the move, but also purify larger amounts of water while stationary, such as at a campsite.

Below are three methods of carrying/producing clean drinking water for your bug out bag.

Steel Water Bottles

I used to carry Nalgene water bottles but recently switched to steel, both because they contain no chemicals that can leach into your water and because you can boil water directly in the bottle. Look for wide mouth bottles that are not painted. (Since the paint will come off when heated anyway.)

Kleen Canteen

Hydration Bladder

Although I’m not a huge fan of drinking from a plastic container, I still use a hydration bladder because it’s easy to stay hydrated on the go. There are several brands, but CamelBak is the best in my experience. I’ve tried others and they all fell apart fairly quickly.


Filters and Chemical Purifying Agents

There’s a pretty good chance that you’ll run out of water before you reach your destination, so you should pack a water filter as well as a  chemical means to purify water, such as bleach, iodine, or water purification tablets.

MSR MiniWorks Ex Water Filter

Melanie Swick (a.k.a. Survival Chick) grew up wanting to be a rocket scientist, but when she realized she that required way too much math, she took to her second dream—spending time in the wilderness. Today, when she's not hiking, camping, or hunting, she's blogging about it. You can connect with Melanie on Facebook.

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  • Tarnsy says:

    Life straws are a good call as well. Though you’ve mentioned their like in another blog post it seems relevant here.

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