Prep-Along: Step #3 Water & Giveaway

by Daisy on 02/04/2014

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In a departure from the marathon paper chase of the first two weeks of the Prep-Along, this week’s assignment is pretty simple:

Step 1: Count the number of people in your household: ____

Step 2: Multiply that number by three (3): ____

Step 3: Store that number of gallons of water.

This Prep-Along is designed for a 72-hour period of crisis, so that comes to 1 gallon of water per person per day.  If you want to prepare for a longer period of time, adjust your figures accordingly.

HOW to store water is a much-debated topic.  This is what the government recommends. In short, commercially prepared bottled water is preferred, but if you choose to use your own containers, there are food-grade containers designed for water storage (think those blue bottles) and methods for sanitizing them and sanitizing the water prior to storage. Look for BPA-free plastic if possible.

This Red Cross document has some pretty in-depth instructions for water storage beginning on page 10.

Keeping with the theme of safe water, we are partnering with the company Camping Survival to give away to one reader two of their cool LifeStraw Portable Water Filters.  It can filter up to 264 gallons up to .2 microns, which sounds pretty OCD to me, but I guess that’s what you want in a water filter ;).

To enter to win, check out their website, pick out your most coveted product and come back and tell us what it is in the comments.

Happy prepping!

Glug glug,





{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

CyndiMac February 5, 2014 at 7:36 pm

I’d love the Guardian Food Storage Deluxe Survival Kit!

Cindy V. February 5, 2014 at 7:56 pm

Sock Monkey hand warmers! Awesome!

Sabine February 5, 2014 at 8:23 pm

I would get the Lifestraw family filter system because you have to have water.

Ann Marie Mones February 5, 2014 at 8:33 pm

2 people in household, x3= 6 gallons of water. We have much more than that stored, and several long term storage containers yet to be filled. The Lifestraw portable filter would be a great addition to my 3 day survival pack.

Angelica February 5, 2014 at 9:18 pm

I’m glad we’re starting with a 72 hour period. 4×3=12 gallons, so that doesn’t deem all that intimidating. I’ve been fascinated by both the WaterBob and the WaterBrick systems. I think for our situation right now, a few WaterBricks would be best. But my must have? One of their hammocks. 🙂 Even if it’s a disaster, I would still love to swing in a hammock.

Paije February 6, 2014 at 8:38 am

Thanks for this series! My husband is really getting enthusiastic about be prepared in case of anything. And, since this is a want-to-have item, I’ll go extravagant with the 1 Year One Person Long Term Food Supply. We could feed our family of 4 for quite awhile on these supplies. But, I would truly love a LifeStraw Portable Water Filter.
Thanks for the abundant articles you post. Love your site!

duane February 6, 2014 at 1:06 pm

something as portable and light as this should be in everyone’s thoughts for water supply.

Raylene February 6, 2014 at 4:42 pm

We have one Lifestraw and need another for our BOB, but ultimately the Lifestraw Family System is on my wish list!

Jess Milakovic February 7, 2014 at 9:09 am

Cat crap anti-fog

Daisy February 7, 2014 at 9:23 am

Jess, when I first saw your comment, I marked it as spam (you wouldn’t believe the stuff we get), then, something told me to do a search on the Camping site, and lo and behold, Cat Crap anti-fog is a thing. HA! So, APPROVED.

Laurs February 7, 2014 at 11:04 am

I would love to have a ‘Crown Berkey 6 Gal. Stainless Steel Water Purifier with Eight Black Berkey Elements’. Just can’t swing it now.
But I would be very happy to use a LifeStraw instead. 🙂

Angie February 7, 2014 at 9:09 pm

a Hammock Bliss sky tent 2. Because I could use it even in case of not an emergency.

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