Mainstay Emergency Drinking Water 4.225 oz (60 Pack)
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- 5 year shelf-life
- No special storage required - can withstand temperatures from (-40°F to 210°F) (-40°C to 99°C
- No oxygen transfer (no chance of bacterial contamination)
- U.S. Coast Guard Approved
- Each case contains 60 (4.224 ounce) packs.
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I drank a pouch so that I could check the taste. The water is from the Oxnard city source. I did not experience any unpleasant taste.
Since this is shipped directly by Amazon, you can get the free "Super Saving Shipping." This make the cost per pouch less than some other merchants since they will charge shipping and water is heavy (about 17-lbs for the 60 pouches). I didn't have any problem with broken pouches that another reviewer complained about.
Yes, this is an expensive way to purchase water. However, for keeping a minimum supply of potable water in an environment with temperature extremes (like inside a car), this is a good idea. You could buy a couple of gallon jugs of water for much less money, but I wouldn't want to try to melt a gallon block of ice in an actual life-threatening emergency. Also, if one pouch develops a leak that is not such big problem compared to a gallon or liter bottle leaking.
The manufacturing recommends 2 pouches per person per day but would be if you weren't exerting yourself at all. I think 15 pouches per person per day (that's almost a half gallon) would be more realistic.
The packaging is durable and can take a lot of abuse like in the bottom of a back pack.
Except for foods like milk and certain organics that obviously decay and putrify, certain freeze dried foods, MRE's and especially emergency water packets like theys have a much longer usable shelf life that the expiration date. Crackers stored in the mid 1960's, as I recall, for Cold War "fallout" shelters, if not exposed to water, are edible, today. Much of the original flavor might have been lost, but they still supply nourishment in an emergency.
I would not hesitate drinking this water 15 or even 20 years from now, if I were surrounded by sewage or chemically tainted water around me. I'd have to pour it into a cup and sniff it befors taking a sip. If there is no smell of decay or poor taste, I'd go ahead and drink it.
Certain canned foods from the turn of the 20th century, that did not swell up or contained chemicals that would react with the metal or the soldered seams , have been analized and found to be completely "eatable" and not harmful by scientist over a century later. Canned foods or even meat and crackers left by both the Scott and the Shackleton Expeditions in the early 1900's have been tested to be not harmful, if consumed.
So, I wouldn't throw them out, if the date is expired.
However, I love the way it is packaged. I love that I can keep some packages in my car without having to worry about whether the temperature in my car gets warm. I love the fact that it has a 5 year shelf life.
I may or may not need to ever use this product but for the price, it is going to give me some peace of mind knowing that I have emergency water
in my car, at my workplace and at home and I have plenty if I have to share it with others. Everyone should have this product especially because bottled water should not be stored in an automobile.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good product to keep in the trunk of the car for emergency. The outside temperature here reach 120 degrees in the summer. I would imagine that inside trunk is probably hotter.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
These water pouches are super great for hiking, camping ( spare water ) or survival, worth every bit the price payed. I have used them on practice survival and they are great. Read morePublished 4 months ago by TheBigGuy
Was saving it but my toddler decided he liked water out of the pouch. Just the right size for him.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
The small size of these pouches will allow me to pack up several in my bail out bag!Published 5 months ago by David
So I haven't actually tried drinking one of the packs because, like another reviewer said, I'm saving them for an emergency. Read morePublished 5 months ago by R Vrataski