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65 of 72 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2011
I bought this 72 hour water supply as an addition to my "Earthquake/Emergency preparedness kit." The water packages seem to be well constructed and haven't burst under pressure, even when I sat on my bag! I don't think there's enough water for two people, especially if you're on the move, but that's why they're called emergency rations. I recommend you buy 12 packets/person and have a Camelback or some other water container easily accessible and ready to go if the proverbial @#*! ever hits the fan! Good luck!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on July 4, 2012
These packs are excellent for emergency purposes and are in a familiar type package. So I recomend as far as the actual Water Package. I bought three boxes of the 3-day supply. However, the warning I want to advise buyers about is that the 3 day supply come in cardboard boxes filled to the top with these packages without any barrier to protect them from if you attempt to open the box with a knife of any kind, as I did, it would be very easy to cut through several of these packages while opening the box they ship in, so be aware that you should not drive a knife into any of the seems of the taped areas of the shipment box while trying to open the box they come in cause it will be very easy to tear through one or several of the water packs. I almost did, but fortunately suffered no damage. Outside of that this is a must have if you live in Hurricane Territory or are going out into a survival situation (wilderness camping/hiking), or are a prepper of any kind. By the way, the boxes they ship in are ideal for storing them long term since they are very compact and sturdy being about 10 inches long 4 inches wide and 5 inches tall. Would be 5 Stars, but I gave 4 stars cause they should put some label on the box warning of the poissibility of rupturing the packs when opening the box or put some linning on top of the water packs to protect them. Recomend.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2012
Perfect for a Bugout Bag. However it is not the correct amount of water for 3 days, FEMA Recommends 1 gallon per day per person, this is only 1.5Liters. 1 gallon = 3.78 liters. So you would need QTY 2 so 24 packets.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on September 28, 2011
I ordered three of these for our 72 hour emergency kit and came back to order some more for our pets. The pouches remind me of Capri Sun kid drinks. Ordered September 2011 and all pouches expire in 2016. One pack came in one plastic zip lock bag. Very light weight.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2012
Having these packets along with your camelbak and bottles is fine, that's why I bought these packets, for the BOB. But there's a total of 1.5 QUARTS in this purchase. 12 1/8 quart packages are what you buy in this purchase. Even at emergency rationing rates, this isn't one day's worth of water even if you're sedentary. On foot, carrying a bag? As our friends in Joisey (best wishes for you right now in the Sandy aftermath) might say, fuhgeddabatit. Spend one dime more here at Amazon for one of the straw filters, and get 20 gallons worth of water.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2013
These water packets are great but do not stack them together in a bag where you are going to be moving the bag around or carrying because they will puncture each other as the packets are moving around in your bag. The edges of the packets bend and make a point that are just a sharp as a knife. Do not stack these together. other than that they are great!
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76 of 96 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2012
I purchased these water packs for an emergency WTSHTF scenario, i bought the 3 day supply because i wanted to see how they arrived before buying more. i will not be buying more. they arrived in a plastic bag that was leaking water, three packs were empty and the water had leaked out of the plastic bag and gotten the box soggy. they were shipped with potable water tablets and mainstay emergency food bars, all arrived wet from the leaking datrex water packets. i will not purchase water from this company again.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2013
You pay for the convenient packaging really that gives you the ability to have a bit of water with you in small convenient portions. One sachet contains about 125 ml (half a glass), meaning you get approximately 6 glasses or 1.5 quarts of water for a bit below 8 dollars. I think that's a steep price for water and a bit steep for the packaging as well (hence 4 stars, not 5). Also, one person needs about 2 quarts/day (a lot more, like 1 gallon is recommended usually), but that's in normal conditions. Should someone need these in hot summer or in a very dry climate, or was exposed to the elements, this would not be enough even for a single day. However, not enough to fully hydrate somebody does not mean it's not enough for survival. In "good conditions", I can imagine that 0.5 quarts may sustain somebody for a day and 1.5 would be enough for 3 days, though the person would be more or less severely dehydrated depending on conditions. Dehydrated is not dead however, and if I happened to find myself in a situation like that, I'd be extremely happy to have spent 8 bucks on these packets (and possibly kicking myself for not getting a bit more). Personally, I supplement these with another quart of water in a soda bottle in an easily reachable pocket of my bag.
Money-wise, it is much much cheaper to get a few soda bottles and fill them up with tap water and add a few drops of unscented bleach. However it is a lot less of a pain to put many smal sachets in a bag and they seem to be very sturdy and good for many years (unlike the bleach-treated water which you'll have to remember to change regularly).
No matter how much water you put in your bag, it will only be a temporary solution before you can secure access to more water, so the function of these little packets really is to help you get to a water source. Don't try to lug around enough water for a week or you won't be able to put anything else in your backpack. In a bag you need just enough to get you to more water, thus you have to think about ways of getting, storing (your palm will not suffice) and treating whatever water you find to make it safe for drinking. If you are in a very dry area, you'll need more water in your backpack, if you're in a wet one, then you'll find water faster - and will need less in your bag. Don't think however that you can exchange a good water filter for more water packets in your bag or vice versa, you'll need both if suddenly there is no potable water around you. Also, if you want to have water "for home" or "bug-in", this is NOT the product you need. For that purpose think along the lines: 2L soda bottles, large mason jars, 1-5 gallon containers, a barrel or maybe a water-bob, some bleach and gravity-fed filters like a Berkey filter. These water packets are for your bag that you can take with you, but if you think you may need more water, don't lean back satisfied after buying these - you still need a water container (a bottle or cup, you can't reuse these, even a ziploc bag is more useable to get and store more water on the go) and a way to treat water.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2014
I ordered these as a replacement for expired product in emergency backpacks. Living in California I keep water and emergency food in my vehicles in case of earthquake. I don't want to be checking and changing them out every few months, which is why I ordered these 5-year packets instead of simply using water bottles. Unfortunately these were manufactured in 2010! So I did not get the 5-year shelf life I paid for. I'm sending them back! And return shipping is not going to be cheap as the box of four packs of 12 is heavy!
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2011
It is water, but not very tasty water. It is for emergencies, so I understand it doesn't need to be spring water from the Alps, but it tastes like tinfoil and plastic.

It will do what it is designed to do, and you wont be tempted to drink it before any real emergency, so really it is a win-win for you.
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