Day 3: Food Storage Christmas (water)


Water is the most necessary item to have stored! You can last without food for much longer then you can last without water. Make sure you stress the importance of water storage as you help people get started. Whichever option you choose, don’t forget to add your Day 3 Tag!


Options that are Free or Under $1

Water in Juice/Pop Jugs

Did you know you can store water in Pop or Juice bottles. This a great little token to give someone to help them get started. Put a ribbon around it and add your Day 3 Tag to make it cute. Make sure you don’t use empty milk jugs – the plastic in milk jugs will deteriorate.


An Option that is $5-$30

Water Filter

While we DEFINITELY recommend STORING water, we have found that it’s a good idea to have a way to clean water in case you run out or to get extra for washing dishes or other things. Check out these inexpensive water filtration bottles or water filtration straws as a possible gift idea.

Water Bricks

A really neat way to store water in tight places or to use for a grab and go kit is the Water Brick. You can stack them and store them inside or outside. Attach a ribbon and your Day 3 Tag and you’ll be all set.


A More Expensive Option

Berkey Water Purifiers

A great way to have access to more clean water is to have a good water filter. Check out these Berkey Water Purifiers at the lowest prices you can find online. They make great gifts and are perfect for every day use as well.

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  • An American Woman

    I rinse out ALL of my water storage bottles (real good-with bleach/water) every 6 months. (Date them on top) with a sticky label. Only-Do a few at a time-just in case your water supple gets turned off! lol One day I was doing this and my water (quit) flowing. No kidding. A guy- a few streets down was digging and you guessed it- he cut into right the line… The repair people were using a back hoe to dig it up so they could repair it. lol Water was out for 5 hours. Thank the good Lord I still had plenty… :-)

  • An American Woman

    I rinse out ALL of my water storage bottles (real good-with bleach/water) every 6 months. (Date them on top) with a sticky label. Only-Do a few at a time-just in case your water supple gets turned off! lol One day I was doing this and my water (quit) flowing. No kidding. A guy- a few streets down was digging and you guessed it- he cut into right the line… The repair people were using a back hoe to dig it up so they could repair it. lol Water was out for 5 hours. Thank the good Lord I still had plenty… :-)

  • Jen Trost

    What's the difference between PETE and HDPE? I have a few blue 7 gallon and 15 gallons containers that say HDPE. Does that work? How often would you recommend refilling them? 6 months? 1 year? If I have city water, no need to add bleach?

  • Jen Trost

    What’s the difference between PETE and HDPE? I have a few blue 7 gallon and 15 gallons containers that say HDPE. Does that work? How often would you recommend refilling them? 6 months? 1 year? If I have city water, no need to add bleach?

    • An American Woman

      Here is what I was able to find about the plastic bottles on the net…
      http://www.sks-bottle.com/340c/HDPE-PlasticBottles.html
      HDPE (high density polyethylene) plastic bottles offer a mildly stiff impact resistant bottle, with a great moisture barrier. The HDPE plastic bottles are available in multiple shapes, and sizes. Theses plastic bottles are also available in natural, white, and amber, and are available with a variety of closure options. Click on any image below for more product information and also to purchase any of the HDPE plastic containers.

      PVC PET HDPE LDPE
      More info can be found at the web site of the other different bottles.

  • Jen Trost

    What's the difference between PETE and HDPE? I have a few blue 7 gallon and 15 gallons containers that say HDPE. Does that work? How often would you recommend refilling them? 6 months? 1 year? If I have city water, no need to add bleach?