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You know that I believe in having a 30-day supply of water in case of an emergency (1 gallon per person per day.) For my water storage I happen to use the 7-gallon Aquatainers and I have them stacked in a storage room.

But let’s say you’re not at home and you’re out camping or hiking in the woods when a disaster occurs. Or maybe you’re just going for a road trip and want to carry some extra water in the car in the event of a crisis.

How do you choose a good method to carry this water?

Well, consider survival canteens

Canteens have been used for centuries by shepherds, cowboys, and soldiers. Over the years, canteens have been made from all kinds of materials such as leather, glass, plastic, and aluminum.

Aluminium Survival Canteens

One of the most important things to consider when getting a canteen is the material it is made of. I recommend only using stainless steel or titanium canteens. One of the main reasons is because they are durable and won’t leak or crack like some plastic canteens will.

But perhaps the biggest reason you should buy a stainless steel or titanium canteen is that it gives you the option to boil water using the canteen itself. In other words, if you’re stranded and find a water source but don’t have a filter to purify it, you still have the ability to get drinkable water.

You see, if you buy a bottle that has been painted or is lined with plastic then when you boil it you will have chemicals in your water. I know some people argue that you can boil water in strong plastic bottles if you are careful, but I personally wouldn’t risk it because of the chemicals getting into my water. For these reasons, I would recommend purchasing stainless steel or titanium canteens.

Since a stainless steel or titanium canteen is ideal, let’s take a look at a few of the top canteens to check out.

1) Klean Kanteen Classic– Sells for $21 for a 27 ounce canteen on Amazon. The Klean Kanteen is made of 18/8 food grade stainless steel and doesn’t have a plastic liner. This means there is no plastic taste in the bottle and that it can be boiled. There are no harmful chemicals in the bottle and you can purchase it in different sizes. Make sure you purchase the single-walled version that has not been painted.

Klean Kanteen

2) Nalgene Stainless Steel– Sells for $28 for a 32 ounce canteen on Amazon. Nalgene is generally known for making quality plastic water bottles. However, their Nalgene Stainless is a great option. These bottles are made of 18/10 surgical grade stainless steel and can be used to boil water. This bottle also has a wide mouth, which makes it compatible with many water filtration devices.

Nalgene Stainless Steel Survival Canteen

3) Vargo Titanium Water Bottle– Sells for around $60 for a 22-ounce canteen on Amazon. This bottle is made of full titanium, including the lid. It is extremely lightweight and durable, making it great for hiking. And, like the others, it can be used to boil water as well.

Vargo Titanium Water Bottle

All three of these are high quality and will allow you to boil water in an emergency. One thing to remember with any of these is that you need to make sure and purchase one that has not been painted and has no insulation, meaning it’s single-walled. Any of the three canteens discussed above would make a great survival canteen.


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From Mark M: I do not have a gun of any type. I am interested but it may be awhile before I get one. Would it be recommended to get a pistol bb gun from amazon to practice close range with? Just for the feel, draw, stance, and accuracy training of it? Obviously not serious hunting or self-defense.

A: You can certainly practice the fundamentals such as stance, grip, and draw with a pistol BB gun. Another option is buying an inexpensive .22 (such as the Ruger Mark III) and practicing with that gun until you’re ready to buy a defensive handgun.

From Frank S: Mr. Hanson, my father, myself and my children grew up in the woods in PA. All 4 of our children, although not all in PA, still live in the woods. Some one would always come in contact with poison ivy. Nothing worked as well as jewel weed.

A: Thank you for passing this along. I will definitely give this a try if I ever get poison ivy again, which I certainly hope I don’t.

From Karl B: I recently bought my first gun. A Mossberg 590 12 gauge shot gun. What is your recommendation for the best type of ammunition for home defense for this weapon? Also, how should I store a shotgun so it is quickly accessible for intruders at night?

A: I use 00 buck (double-ought buckshot) for home defense. Federal and Winchester make solid shells. To store the shotgun use a rapid access gun safe such as the ones made by V-Line, Shotlock, and GunVault.

From Robin O: My wife and I attended the “Build Your Own AR” course in Cedar City. It was a great experience. I now have several friends that are curious and wonder when the next class will be held. Can you help?

A: The next Underground AR-15 Rifle Building course is in April of 2016. You can click on this link here, which gives full details about this unique course.

Stay safe,

Jason Hanson

P.S. Don’t forget, today my new book – Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life – is released. You can get the book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and at


  • Douglass says:

    I noticed that for a home defense round for a 12 gauge shot gun you recommended 00 buckshot. While I concur with that round choice IF you are in an actual home, not an apartment and you don’t have neighbors that have house close to yours. I use #4 birdshot, I do live in an apartment (unfortunately) and I have neighbors that live closer than I like. With #4 you get the same lethality at the typical engagement distances you have in a house or apartment without the over penetration characteristics you get from 00 buckshot. Keeps the family members in the next room safer and the next door neighbors safe. I would love to hear your thoughts on this…..

    • Jason Hanson says:


      You bring up a great point and penetration should be considered. When it comes to family, I also recommend living in a home that provides a natural choke point where you can create a final line between the point of entrance and your family’s bedrooms. This should negate the concern with the family. However, if you’re not in that situation, then you certainly need to consider penetration and make this a significant part of your planning. I prefer 00 Buckshot, but it may not be right for everyone.

      Stay Safe!

  • Gary says:

    You keep recommending 22lr class guns for practice and other things. Here in Southern California 22 lr ammo is pretty much nonexistant. I have three and am not prone to go plunking with something I cannot replace.
    I really like the 22 but can’t use thema sad state of affears.

    • Jason Hanson says:


      I know this is an old comment. Has the ammo shortage cleaned up in Southern California? If not, can you buy it online or out of state? 22 lr is a great, affordable ammunition for training with. Unfortunately I can’t control the supply in California.

      Stay Safe!

  • Allen Benge says:

    I have your Retirement Gun Business material, and I am anxious to get going on it. One comment about the ammo for home defense for a 12 gauge shotgun. The Arizona Department of Corrections, as I remember, switched from OO Buck to #4 Buck some time ago, for a very good reason. At 25 yards, the DOC standard, a man can walk through the pattern of OO Buck unharmed. The pattern for #4 Buck is much denser, and insures a hit of multiple pellets that are like being shot numerous times at once with pellets large enough to cause serious injury or death. Keep up the good work.

    • Jason Hanson says:


      There’s nothing wrong with #4 if that’s what you want to use. I just prefer 00 Buck. If you have 25 yard spaces within your home, such as a very long hallway, you could also add a choke tube. Both will certainly cause serious damage, but the 00 Buck has a lot more stopping power if the threat is shooting back.

      I hope the Retirement Gun Business is working out well.

      Stay Safe!

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