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Buy bottled water or purification tablets?

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wherehavealltheflowersgone Sat 14-Nov-15 18:18:51

Hi all
Very new to prepping. So far I've got a wind up torch, wind up radio, pile of sleeping bags and blankets, first aid kit.

Now on to food and water!
As the title says - do you buy bottled water? If so does it ever go off if unopened? Or is it better to use purification tablets?

And food - on amazon they do survival food boxes that last 25+ years. Anyone have a view on these? V expensive though!

Zetetic Sat 14-Nov-15 19:06:39

So for a short term situation (like a power cut) I would buy tins (only your favourite food that you would normally eat). Also pasta, rice, sauces, that type of thing.... Have enough for at least one week in a box (eat and replace when it gets to use by date). Buy large food grade water containers and fill with tap water or the large bottles.

We had a debate about bottled water earlier. There is a use by date but someone on here is still fine after drinking it way past the date. Purification tablets are cheap and store easily so you could have a packet just in case.

I've never tasted the survival box food but they don't look great. However I have used the small pouches (camping / walks) and they are quite tasty and some self heat.

Stratter5 Sat 14-Nov-15 20:52:42

I'd get both. Enough bottled water for say, a week; purification tabs to store.

cozietoesie Sat 14-Nov-15 21:10:56

I'd buy some tins (high nutrition content stuff that can be eaten cold if needed) and rotate them by eating/donating after a while and buying new. I'd also get some bottled water for a short term Trouble and purification tablets for anything longer term.

wherehavealltheflowersgone Sat 14-Nov-15 21:39:51

Thanks all. What's a good amount of water per person per day?

Zetetic Sat 14-Nov-15 21:45:59

Drinking water per day -

www.naturalhydrationcouncil.org.uk/hydration-facts/faqs-on-hydration/

Kacie123 Sun 15-Nov-15 06:45:56

So I'm just beginning to make some bags too (I figure worst case scenario, we have 2 rucksacks we don't use, best case we could leave in an emergency if we had to).

What about these on Amazon, has anyone tried them?

TheSlightlyEmbarrassedPrepper Sun 15-Nov-15 07:23:53

You would need an awful lot of those little pouches. I would stick to normal bottles and rotate them. Plastic bottles aren't ideal, and in my daily life I actively avoid bottled water for both environmental and health reasons but they do have a place in prepping. I have the 5l bottles from the supermarket with the handle on.

I think it is better to have bottled water for the short term and purification tablets for the longer term. If you are using purification tablets other things to consider are filtering and having a container big enough to purify in. My purification tabs do 20l per tablet, so I have a 20l bucket to do it in. I have coffee filters just to filter out debris in the water but obviously not to do any proper filtration. I would really like to get a katadyn pocket filter but it is out of my budget for now.

The katadyn gravity filters are quite reasonably priced.

I am close to a fast running river but it is surrounded by agricultural land so I would need to travel upstream by some distance to get water which hasn't had run-off from the fields.

The freeze dried food is great for short term, and it is quite tasty too. However, these foods were developed for people in the outdoors and needing a lot of energy in a harsh environment. They are very high in fat and calories. While that would be ideal in a short term survival situation, they are not suitable as the main part of your prepping for a longer period of time. Having said that, if I had a huge windfall I would buy huge quantities.

Kacie123 Sun 15-Nov-15 08:28:56

Yes they are a bit small aren't they?

See, I am just weaning myself off the idea of stockpiling amounts of dried food etc because DH thinks I'm mad and we live in a very small second floor flat, so an emergency backpack with some spare water is one thing, freeze-dried stockpiles another.

I've been thinking about it a lot this weekend, and I think in a short term emergency like a power cut we'd either stay at home and eat up the tins for a week; if it were a fire etc we'd end up with families or at a hotel.

In a real "run for the hills" situation, we'd die. Really. We have no resources around us, we can't fish or grow food etc, realistically we don't have time to learn those skills right now and they wouldn't just appear - and in the uber competitive society that would rapidly arise in a long term scenario, we wouldn't exactly be the predator/hunter types. Someone would probably just come and steal our stuff and shoot us. I also don't think we'd be good about keeping to ourselves - we'd have to look out for our families and there's no way to stockpile enough!

Argh! The more I think about it, the more I'm grateful for the society we take for granted every day. It would take forever to rebuild it if it collapses and there are a million ways it could.

Little steps I guess... smile

Stratter5 Sun 15-Nov-15 09:54:00

Don't think like that. Any scenario of that kind is incredibly unlikely to happen, but there will be hints and signs beforehand. Sit down, make a plan for where you could go, and just try to be aware of what goes on.

cozietoesie Sun 15-Nov-15 11:35:54

I think you're knocking yourself too much, Kacie. You're thinking about things and that gives you a real survival edge if it's a long term Trouble. Being prepared gives you a breathing space but in the long term, I see no way round being able to think things through. You're doing that already.

cozietoesie Sun 15-Nov-15 12:07:09

Chemical run-off is a problem, Slightly, although you'll likely know your local terrain, climate and inhabitants and be able to make a judgement on when you can use 'natural' water in a SHTF situation.

In the last analysis, though, it's better to drink it than to die through lack of water. Hopefully, your water stores will tide you over.

FuckTheseSixFishInParticular Sun 15-Nov-15 12:52:18

I think like most things it depends on what you're prepping for. If it's something like frozen pipes on Christmas day (been there, done that), then just bottled water is fine.

If it's the nuclear/zombie apocalypse, then probably both and a water filter.

Kacie123 Sun 15-Nov-15 19:49:40

Heh, sorry - I didn't mean to sound overly defeatist, but I do recognise that in a really big national ongoing crisis, we'd probably be some of those hapless casualties referred to in the movies (not that I'd like this, mind you, but neither DH or I are about to turn into survivalists anytime soon).

However, have ordered a few books off Amazon to have a look at, and a first aid one - I'm assuming some of this stuff could be very useful no matter what (or I can barter it in the new world order at least) smile

cozietoesie Sun 15-Nov-15 20:26:41

Not at all. Many of the people posting here would not survive the first wave of 'whatever-it-was-that-happened' - you just do what you can, that's all.

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