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Datrex Emergency Survival Water Pouch (Pack of 64), 125ml
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290 of 307 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 2011
They may not claaim it, but as a member of the United States Coast Guard and a survivalist I looked into the emegency water stores that we keep in the event we have to abandon ship in the middle of the ocean. I found out that they store Datrex water pouches, enough for each person to consume 2 liters per day for seven days. I know a lot of the emergency agencies in many states are saying that you need 1 gallon of water per day, but honestly whens the last time you drank a gallon of water per day. If it is hot and you are doing manual labor or running then you may need a gallon of water, but in the event that something happens and you are just sitting around or mild walking then a liter a day will keep you sufficently hydrated to stay alive, if it is hot like here in Texas most of the time then 2 liters is suggested. Keep as much water as possible, but be you should always have ways to purify water on the go as it is much lighter then carrying gallons at a time. To sum it all up: This is an excellent product make sure you check the product to make sure everything is closed up and each packet contains water.
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123 of 130 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2011
It's hard to decide how to rate these pouches. On the one hand they're very, very expensive for what you get. Depending on the price of the day, the 64 x 4.227 oz packets give you just over 2 gallons of water for somewhere around $25-$30. That's pretty steep. You could buy a lot of bottled water for that price or some other very good containers and fill them yourself.

But on the other hand, these are lifeboat rations. You can leave them in your car in a four season climate year around and not have to worry about them. For some reason they'll stay liquid to temps somewhat under freezing (perhaps because they're somewhat pressurized?), and if they do freeze they remain undamaged. In fact, you can freeze them and use them as ice packs/compresses. They remain drinkable for many years, too.

For emergency preparedness at home you're better off with bottled water, and better off still with dedicated water storage drums with chemical treatment. Water is very heavy, so for backpacking you're better off carrying some water and the means to treat the water you find. And for warmer climes (or summer in the northern latitudes) containers of water are a more practical, economical alternative. Just be sure to rotate them.

These water rations really are for lifeboat-style emergency caching. They're great to store in a vehicle where you know they're going to be subjected to extreme temps and frequent rotation isn't gonna happen. For that application they merit five stars. Since they're suboptimal for all other uses, and expensive to boot, I have to dock them one *.
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652 of 741 people found the following review helpful
on March 13, 2011
The Red Cross and numerous disaster preparedness organizations in California, such as the Office of Emergency Services and Department of Emergency Management, recommend one gallon of water per person per day. Since 64 packets contain just over 2 gallons of water, this case will last you for 2 days, or will last a family of two for one day.

The Red Cross recommends that you have at least 3 days of water on hand. The California Office of Emergency Services and Department of Emergency Management recommend that you have 5 days of water on hand. As we have seen during Katrina and in the Japan earthquake, you may need over 15 days of water on hand.

Therefore, a family of two will need up to fifteen cases, and a family of four will need thirty cases.

Safeway sells a gallon sized jug for less than $1.

Therefore, you may want to buy a few of these packets for carrying around, but buy your main emergency water supply from a less expensive source. Even if the packets last for 5 years, it would be more economical to buy regular bottled water from the store every two years. Then you can spend the savings on survival/emergency preparedness gear that is truly helpful, such as a good go pack (one for home and one for car), sleeping bag, cold and wet weather gear, boots, gloves, eye protection, duct tape, two way communications, etc.

Always remember that your water heater will provide between 20 - 40 gallons of fresh, drinkable water in an emergency. That equates to a 20 - 40 day supply for one person, or a 10 - 20 day supply for two people (again, one gallon per person per day).
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2012
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I got this product to keep a few in each car. Also to take with me during hiking or other places. Plus to have in case of an emergency and if I am out of other bottled water that I normally have.

I tested the water for taste and it was fine... I figured I should test it now before I actually need it.

But I went one step further and used my TDS-3 meter on it to check for unexpected contaminants or particles. To my surprise, the meter showed me a reading identical to DISTILLED WATER and significantly better than tape water, water ran through my refrigerator filter, and even than normal bottled spring water! I was definitely not expecting this result! My non-scientific understanding of this implies to me that this is some very good/clean water!

Regarding the shelf life... these packets expires in 5 years. But my plan is to use it up within 2-3 years and replace it with new water at that time. In the event of an emergency, I want all water on hand to have several years left.

I am very happy with my purchase.
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60 of 69 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2010
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These water packs are a great addition to our car and home emergency kits. No worries about plastic getting hot and letting off bad stuff in the water, there is no plastic! They give us peace of mind knowing they are there when we need them and have a 5 year shelf life!
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49 of 59 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2010
The product itself is pretty common. I was disappointed in what showed up though. A once soggy, broke down box that had several broken bags in it. The card board was adhered to a lot of the outer most ones. Poorly packed for shipping. better suited if it were on a pallet with protection. But hey, it's water, what was I gonna do, send it back? The taste test is a slightly chlorinated city water taste but they are fresh dated, nor old or anything, I find they have an easy tendency to leak. Best advise I can give, I tested them in the freezer and no problems after thawing. So if you stack em' with space in mind, freeze em' and then get the food vacuum sealer and you can seal 6-10 per bag and vacuum seal them into more tough containment that doubles for lots of uses. And this way a couple of these packs in your go bag is safer and will store in less room. Plus, I'm only theorizing He
here and want to be clear on that point, but if they are kept frozen till they are needed, isn't that going to extend shelf life? I mean if you have the extra room in the ice box, it's always better to keep the freezer full. They make great ice packs too. I wish for the price that they'd use better judgement with dhippinf though.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2012
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I was so excited to receive this product to use for hiking and willing to spend the relatively high price per ounce for the convenience. However, when the product arrived, the box the packets were in was extremely small without any protective packaging around the edges and had been slightly crushed in one corner. As a result 8 of packets leaked and were ruined (also ruining the box and creating a huge mess). Loosing 12% of my order right off the bat not only increased my price/ounce but also makes me question buying anything else from this seller if I'm not going to get the product in fair condition.
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50 of 61 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2014
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I am an Amazon power user, and this is the first time I'm writing a negative review. Water arrived today. Pouches say they were made in 2010 (4 years ago), and they expire in 2015. What good does a 5 year shelf life do, if the item is already 4 years old when it arrives? Returning these pronto.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2013
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I'll spare you the majority of the boring details about leak detection, but the fastest way is laying these out on sheets of paper and then applying a small amount pressure using the palm of your hand and letting them sit for about 15 minutes. Check the packets and paper for any moisture, then flip the packs over and repeat.

So far, 6 of the packs have leaks. There MAY be more, but that is the amount that I can state with absolute certainty. You might feel that 6 out of 64 could be considered a "small amount" of damage. My opinion, is that I paid for 64 packs undamaged packs. Not 58.

The larger problem with these leaks is that if left in these cardboard shipping boxes (which I think most people might do), this "small amount" of leaking still leads to moisture in a paper box, leading to mold. Obviously, mold is bad. So, I have decided to store these packets in a plastic box, away from light/heat and I would urge you to do the same.

Since Amazon cannot replace the individual packets, I decided to exchange it. I swapped any leaky packs with the replacement box. With a PERMANENT MARKER, I then circled all of the locations where the packets had holes. This was to show Amazon and to prevent OTHER customers from getting my damaged packs.

Thankfully, Amazon Prime has a good return/exchange program!

I hope this review was helpful to somebody... :-)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on September 30, 2011
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They are what they are, but a word of caution: do NOT order this item in conjunction with any other items unless you want to run the risk of your other items getting wet. Amazon just loves to package all items from one order together, which is understandable. However, it's asinine to pack water in the same box as electronics or books. If one of these pouches bursts, as they did in my package, it has the potential to ruin the other items in the package.

I ordered these pouches along with several other items, including a solar charger and a few books. Everything arrived in the same large box. These pouches were inside their own box inside the larger box. When I opened the larger box, I noticed that one corner of the box containing the pouches was soaked through, and their was water on the inside of the larger box. Luckily, the box had been oriented to where the water was essentially channeled away from the other items in the box. But, the potential certainly existed for damage to my other items.

So, purchase these for preparedness sake, but be mindful of the potential for other items in the same order to be damaged or ruined.
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