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Desert Runner

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Here in Colorado I got the HydroBlu 4 gallon Jerry. Its hand pumped and filtered. Heres a link of a writeup I did. I can always find water here, so this fits the bill and I never run out. For our upcoming Moab trip, I will bring an extra 5 gallons. Discount if you use the link, I really dont care if you buy one or not but they are really cool.

I have 6 potable water cans, all military. 3 USA tan specter, and 3 British black containers. They are all HD construction vs the commercial offerings. I also have a old-non potable US GI steel can for fire safety use, if needed. I purchased the 6 for Y2K all those years ago when everyone was not sure what would happen when the clock struck 12. Living in the desert SW, it just made sense to be minimally prepared. Begging the neighbors for permission to DIP out of their pool was a last option, had that been necessary. There is also the states back country requirements of so many gallons of water to be carried for fire prevention along with a shovel and axe, when fire season is in effect. Depending on the state, there are fines that can be leveled. I purchased the high-end Swiss made backpacker water purifier, because i wanted something more than a Sawyer Straw.
 

TSnider

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I have 6 potable water cans, all military. 3 USA tan specter, and 3 British black containers. They are all HD construction vs the commercial offerings. I also have a old-non potable US GI steel can for fire safety use, if needed. I purchased the 6 for Y2K all those years ago when everyone was not sure what would happen when the clock struck 12. Living in the desert SW, it just made sense to be minimally prepared. Begging the neighbors for permission to DIP out of their pool was a last option, had that been necessary. There is also the states back country requirements of so many gallons of water to be carried for fire prevention along with a shovel and axe, when fire season is in effect. Depending on the state, there are fines that can be leveled. I purchased the high-end Swiss made backpacker water purifier, because i wanted something more than a Sawyer Straw.
The straws wont cut it for sure! I have several brands and types of water filters for back country hunting, and I always carry a spare if I am relying on filtration. Gravity bags, UV lights, pumps, etc.
 
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CSG

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I mostly carry water for hydration and sanitation (bottle showers, etc.), not cleaning. I use disposable plates when I can't eat out of a bag or cook pot. I use disposable cups for adult beverages. What I wash is limited to rinsing my coffee mug, pot or pan (although most of the time I just heated water or cooked eggs), and my utensils.
 

toxicity_27

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Mostly use paper plates that can be burned, save all utensils and dishes to be washed at most often once a day (usually after breakfast). I use the grill, and the fire as often as I can so as to save on dishes.
 
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The other Sean

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Another thing I thought of is how you cook your meals. For breakfast, I like to cook my bacon in the cast iron skillet, then crack my eggs in to it. Clean up is a splash of water heated up and scraped around and a quick wipe with a paper towel. If I dump the eggs and bacon in to some tortillas (as I mentioned above) I'm not dirtying any plates or utensils.
 
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2boverlanding

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Here in British Columbia we are never that far from some source of water. I carry two 20 litre (5 gallon) water jugs with me. Once one is empty we will find a water supply and use our life straw filter to refill the empty jug. Up till recently i freeze 2 litre (2quart) water bottles to use in the coolers. This helps keep the cooler drier and acts as a backup supply of water.
 
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JaimyMac630

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Here’s what I’ve been using recently...I go through about 2 gallons of water per weekend to wash dishes, hands and add some boiling water from the jetboil or leave in the sun for a quick shower. 5EC7354F-63D2-49B9-AAF1-A4917470A842.jpeg