People often ask what the difference is between “regular drinking water” and “emergency drinking water”. The answer? Nothing. That being said, have you ever noticed an expiration date on bottled water? If water doesn’t go bad, why would they need to put a date on it?
Bottled water usually comes in plastic containers, which are made with polyethylene terephthalate (PET), AKA fossil fuels, and can start to deteriorate on or about the expiration date on the bottle. The hotter the weather, the faster those plastics will start to break down. Once compromised, they can start to leach chemicals into the water. Most water bottles have a 1 to 2-year shelf-life. We recommend never drinking the water once the expiration date has passed. Throw them away.
Emergency drinking water is stored in foil sealed pouches which have no plastic. They are Coast Guard approved and have a 5-year shelf life, making them perfect for your emergency packs. (TIP) These freeze well and can also double as a cold pack if needed for swelling.
Water is the most important item for your emergency pack and your pet’s emergency pack. Make sure you have plenty! If you use bottled water make sure you set your calendar and rotate it based on the expiration date.
As for how much should you pack, a general rule of thumb for a healthy pet is 1/2 to 1 oz. of water, per pound of body weight, per day! For more information, we have put together a video or you can download our FREE eBook found on the homepage of our website.
Happy Trails! Team Pet Evac Pak