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One of the major concerns in Survival is water. One of the drawbacks of storing water in a Survival Pack is containment.
Store purchased bottled water is filled too a point that if the water freezes, it will pop the cap off or even burst the bottle open. Not a good thing to find out when you need it, or find out that your other gear is not only soaked, but moldy and mildewed from the moisture.
U.S. Coast Guard approved sealed drinking water bags is a stable substitute until you can obtain drinkable water in an emergency situation. The bag in the picture has been in my deep freeze for over a month. No leaks. No busted seams due to expansion of the water into ice.
Shelf Life for this type of water is 5 years. MFG date & Exp Date is stamped on the back of the bag. Each bag of this size contains 4.227 Fluid Ounces. Physical weight is 4.5 ounces on my wife's kitchen dietary scales.
I would say that a few of these water bags would be a worthwhile addition to any Survival kit as a support or adjunct, to whatever other type of water program you have planned for.
If frozen, you can put under your outer coat, (never against skin), and allow it to thaw from body heat. This is much like medics that carried plasma under their coats in WWII to prevent freezing.
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As long as we are talking about freezing as most of you know I visit a hunting shack in Northern Minnesota that is owned by mice (I'm being sarcastic) but I leave canned goods of all types there all winter. They freeze and thaw many times during the fall/winter/spring cycle.
I have never had one burst despite having some cans with failly high water content such as green beans and those small white potato, sliced or whole, didn't matter.
When you open a can that has been frozen you can tell by the consistency, the water is usually on the top. It looks bad but it will cook up fine.
So don't worry about canned goods freezing...course only WildBill and I probably need to be concerned. But just in case it was a nuclear winter from a meteor hit whatever.
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I have these for my "on hand" water in my pack.
Datrex water sachet.
They can be frozen. I have about 6 in the freezer that have been there for 2 years. I use 3 for freezer packs in my lunch box and have for the same time without a leak. I drank one I use as a freezer pack a few months ago and it was fine.