How to Make a Field Expedient Water Bottle from a Condom
For all my disaster kits — whether it’s a Bug-Out Bag, Get-Home Bag, or Emergency Car Kit — I make sure they cover the 5 Pillars of Survival: Personal Health & Security, Shelter, Water, Fire, and Food.
Even with my EDC (Every-Day Carry) gear — despite the premium on weight and space — I make no exception.
However, this wasn’t always the case.
As I was initially putting together my EDC kit, I always left out the water component. It just wasn’t always practical for me to carry a water bottle or any other container for that matter. And even though I carried water disinfection tablets from time-to-time, I was still dependent upon finding a suitable container (to hold the water I found) that I could drop the tablets into.
It wasn’t until my friend told me about a condom water bottle that I was finally able to satisfy this requirement. Now a condom is just another part of my daily EDC gear (don’t laugh).
Here’s how to make one:
How to make a condom water bottle
|Step 1: Take the condom out of its packet and unravel (be sure the lubed side is on the outside).
|Step 2: To fill the condom you can hold the opening under running water until it expands and fills, or if you only have a non-running body of water available you can stick a couple fingers in the opening and quickly drag the condom through the water to fill it that way (as demonstrated in the photo below):
|Step 3: Now with the condom full of water, you can drop your disinfection tablets into the opening, tie it off, and let it sit for the required time. Once complete, just pinch off (with your fingernails) or bite off a small hole and drink from the stream (I know, I know, it looks gross).
|(optional) Step 4: Given it’s lack of durability, if you need to travel with the water-filled condom it’s a good idea to tie it off and place it in a sock. The sock provides excellent protection against sharp sticks, brush or anything else that would scrape against or poke your “water bottle”:
A note on disinfection
One question you might ask is “how many tablets do I need to disinfect the water?”
For the tablets I use (Katadyn Micropur Forte MF 1T) the directions indicate 1 tablet per liter (around a quart).
So how much water does a condom hold?
An unexpanded condom (filled without running water) will hold around 1 cup. A condom filled in a strong stream of running water will expand much more and hold around 4 cups (1 quart):
So given the amounts above and the instructions for the tablets, you’ll want to either divide the tablet into fourths (using 1/4 for the smaller amount of water) or for the 1 quart size, use the whole tablet.
Try it out and add it to your kit!