Water may seem like an obvious choice (as well it should), but you’d be surprised how many survival storage guides treat water as if it were an afterthought. The average person can only go 3-5 days without water. In many climates, 3 days would be a miracle. That’s why I’ve put it at number one.
Most experts recommend storing a 2-week supply of water at a minimum. This gives you the option to shelter in place for 2 weeks without having to leave the safety of your home during a natural disaster, civil unrest, or even a radioactive fallout scenario.
Perhaps the easiest way to store excess water is through a rain barrel. Rain barrels allow you to store upwards of 40 or 50 gallons of water efficiently on your patio.
Ideally, you’ll have your barrel situated to collect rainwater as it runs off of your roof. In a longer-term scenario, this piece of planning would pay major dividends. Rainwater storage tanks are easy to camouflage and are useful for watering your gardens and landscaping for free.
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