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While the white-hot debate, when it comes to water in survival, is about filters, there is a lot to be said about container as well. What type of container are you carrying your water around in?
Many people are in favor of the plastic Nalgene water bottle for their personal use. While there are some benefits to this type of bottle, you are also going to find that plastic is just not best for survival. It’s not even the best for hiking.
What you should really look into is a single-walled steel bottle that is as close to 32oz in capacity, as possible. This will assure that you have the most effective tool that money can buy. You see, a plastic water bottle is just that, it cannot be anything else.
A single-walled steel bottle, on the other hand, can do all sorts of things for you.
What exactly? Well, let’s talk about it.
In a single-walled steel bottle, you can boil over 30oz of water at a time and that will give you water for much longer than just boiling it a cup at a time in your steel or titanium cup. This can be a great way to refill your water bladder with safe drinking water if you don’t have a filter.
Since you have the ability to boil water you can steep or simmer herbs, roots, and bark in that water to create a variety of medicines to help you out if you find yourself in a bad state.
Make Char Cloth
It’s always helpful to think about the next fire while you have a fire. One of the best ways to do that is to make char cloth. Charcloth gives you the ability to catch the tiniest spark and turn that into fire.
Water purification tabs for sanitizing water are designed to work on 32oz of water. So a water bottle that is that size just makes sense!