PSK water storage: Better than a condom!

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  1. Roamer

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    Dunno if this idea has come up already, but I found a nifty solution for a compact water storage container to use in small survival kits. Behold, the doggie poo bag!

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    I've used these things a million times to clean up after my dogs and it just struck me that they would make a great water carrier. The photo shows a deployed bag on the right holding a quart of water -- with room for an additional quart. On the left is the same sort of bag folded up as small as a book of matches.

    One of these would easily fit in your wallet. Fill with water, tie the handles and you can carry this while hiking without spillage. Untie and you can pour out the water easily. They're cheap, available anyplace that sells pet supplies, and available in a variety of fun colors.

    Condoms are common in PSK kits because they are compact and durable. But if you've ever tried to use one for water storage, you know their limitations: Difficult to handle, hard to drink from and nearly impossible to reuse.

    These doggie doo-doo bags can be punctured. They're similar in strength to plastic grocery bags. So keep them off the ground and away from thorns and brush.
     
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    good idea :) I’ve noticed that some use a heavier mil plastic than others; the ones I pick up at the trailhead are definitely more robust than the ones my wife buys that come in a roll
     
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    Good idea.
     
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    I have three or four in my PSK for that reason, try to find the heavier ones.
     
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    Not to mention the hilarity of watching someone trying to drink from a condom lol
     
  6. Roamer

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    Yes -- I tried it once just to see how doable it was. Not only did I feel incredibly stupid but it's near impossible without spilling water everywhere...!
     
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    I’ve seen it done once, in college hiking with a friend of the female persuasion. It was hilarious and awkward all at the same time... you can imagine the awkward humor around me bringing a nalgene and her bringing... protection as a water bottle.
     
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    Crockpot liners are also a possibility.

    I hate the idea of condoms as emergency water storage containers. Try dipping a condom in a stream and see how much water you get. Now figure out how to treat your two ounces of water.
     
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    Try the magnums next time rofl. There is a filter that apparently works that is a little bigger than the ones that connect to the water bottles. I can’t remember the name of it unfortunately.
     
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    Yikes ! I'm not drinking anything that comes out of a condom !
    I keep a couple of plastic bread bags in my PSK for water collection and storage. Can also be used for gathering wild berries. They fold up small. And you get one free every time you buy a loaf of bread. And the best part is your not drinking from a condom or a dogie doo-doo bag.
     
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    Gerber breast milk bags. Sterile ~6oz., strong, compact strong seal . They also can be used to cover a sucking chest wound cover or to Transport a knocked out tooth or amputated digit.
     
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    I used to use the gerber breast milks bags, now I use the 1 liter Whirl Paks so I don't have to worry about dividing up a purification tablet. They are _exactly_ the length of the survival "tin" I use (tobacco / SAS tin sized) so I just roll them up and can fit two in there without folding or creasing.
     
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    Yeah, I've got the WhirlPak bags in my kits.

    In a pinch, all of these would be great.
     
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    I've found the Whirl-Pak bags to be very good, sturdy and easy to use. But although I've used them just to test them out, I always have a real water bottle. That works better than any improvised carrier.
     
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    I also use the whirl pak bags. They work great.
     
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    +1 on the usefulness of a bread bag or two.
    They make good mixing bowls in camp. I make bannock in a bag, then seal the opening and cut a small hole in the corner. Just squeeze the batter into your pan like frosting.
    And they're free.
     
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    I like True Liberty brand oven bags.

     
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    what's wrong with just a plain freezer bag? I carry quart and gallon bags in my HPG Kit bag...
     
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    have you tired them

    I find the ones I can get leak

    these are the UK MOD kit version, you can get them from kitmonster.co.uk

    water-bags-2-LRG.jpg
     
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    yes I've tried them. they work fine for collecting water but not transporting easily though I could carry them in my hands if needed.

    they are a last ditch solution. they take up no space, weigh next to nothing and I carry them along with a small bottle of Potable Aqua Water Tablets in my Kitbag. I suppose I could do better but the idea is survival/PSK, not primary supply.

    in a daybag I carry a 32floz Sawyer Squeezable Water Pouch along with their Mini Filter. the whole system weighs 4oz and lets me fill my water bottle and keep the pouch full of water that I can drink directly through the filter.
     
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    I think the brand is important, too. I've used a gallon zip top bag that leaked, though it still did the trick. Not sure what brand it was. I've switched to ziplock freezer bags and haven't had a leak since.
     
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