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Water Storage

Water Storage

Water storage should be a top priority on your preps list! No matter what the crisis may be water will be a necessity. If you don’t have a source of clean water you will need to store it. You can use jars, bottles, buckets, and barrels for your water storage. If you have creeks, rivers ponds you will need filters for your water. If you have a good well and the power fails you will need a way to pump the water.

Water Storage Basics

You will need a minimum of one gallon of water per day for each member of your family or group. So a family of 4 would need 1,460 gallons of water for one year. That is a lot of water and at 8.34 pounds per gallon a lot of weight 12,176.4 pounds. Use our water calculation chart to find your water storage needs.

You can’t store that amount of water in your attic. You are going to need a good foundation or outdoor storage. Basements are great for storing water almost all have a solid foundation and are cool during summer months.

Outdoor water storage can be done above or below ground. The tanks in the photo below are used to store water pumped from our well. We use it for irrigation however in an emergency it is potable.

water storage

Here are some links for above and below ground Water Storage Tanks

National Tank Outlet

Well PumpsEmergency Manual Well Pump, Pumps and Filtration,Emergency Manual Well Pump for Deep or Shallow Wells, water storage

If you are using a well and your pump quits these Manual Well Pumps could come in handy.



Other Water Storage Options

Water Boxes

Storage Barrels

Water Buckets

Storage Tanks

A word about water filtration

If you are planning to use water from a source like lakes, rivers, or ponds you will need water filtration systems.

So for that reason, we have included some here.


LifeStraw is the award-winning personal water filter, designed to provide you with safe, clean drinking water when you need it. The ideal water filter for hiking & camping, travel, emergency preparedness & survival, LifeStraw makes most contaminated or suspect water safe to drink.


LifeStraw Family1.0

LifeStraw Family 1.0LifeStraw Family, the award-winning and internationally recognized water filter & purifier, is now available in North America. The LifeStraw Family is a point-of-use microbiological water purifier capable of removing viruses, bacteria, and protozoa (parasites) to protect against waterborne diseases. It filters up to 18,000 liters of water, enough to supply clean drinking water for a family of five for up to three years


See all the LifeStraw filters 

                                 Big Berkey

Water StorageThe versatile Big Berkey® system is the ideal water filtration system for use at home with small or medium sized families, travel, outdoor activities or during unexpected emergencies.  Includes one set of Black Berkey Elements. Free Shipping in the USA, but we cannot ship to California or Iowa.

Includes 2 Black Berkey Elements

Serves 1 – 4 People

Holds approx 2.25 Gallons

in conclusion here are some additional links you might find useful

All Things Emergency Prepared 

PennState Extension


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 Bannock Camping Meals – Smoked Beans & Rice

Bannock Camping Meals – Smoked Beans & Rice Bannock Camping Meals - Smoked Beans & Rice

During my recent backpacking trip, I took along the following Bannock Camping Meals from Legacy Foods. Bannock Camping Meals – Smoked Beans & Rice, Beef Stroganoff and, Peach & Berry Cobbler. I also had the No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls and Spicy Southwest Stew, unfortunately, I didn’t get to try them.  Maybe next trip.

For this review, we will be discussing the  Bannock Camping Meals Smoked Beans & Rice.

Preparing Bannock Camping Meals – Smoked Beans & Rice

Bannock Camping Meals can be prepared and eaten right out of the pouch although not my preferred method. I have done it, however, I prefer to prepare the product in my camp pot its just easier that way. We had some fine seasoning and powder that stayed in the bottom of the pouch and didn’t properly mix with the other contents and liquid. So rather than the pouch, I recommend that you use a cooking pot or a bowl to prepare these meals.

How’s it, Taste Bannock Camping Meals - Smoked Beans & Rice

I know what your thinking but you would be wrong.  Just because it’s freeze-dried doesn’t mean it will taste like cardboard. NOPE, you will be pleasantly surprised at how good they really are.  Overall I think they are pretty tasty and will be trying them again on other trips.


 Bannock Camping Meals – Smoked Beans & Rice

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