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What do you guys think about using non-lubed condoms for survival? Mainly for transporting water. You can buy a 3 pack of them at the filling station near me for $2.50. I don't know how sanitary they would be, but they can be filled as big as a bath tub, but you can easily store them in your wallet.

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I used to use them but they are actually not so practical for carrying water unless you put them in a sock first, which protects them but limits their capacity. They also aren't easily tied/untied without breaking them.

These days I carry Gerber breast milk freezer bags instead. They are a LOT tougher, don't need a sock or sleeve, and are easily opened/closed repeatedly.
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Interesting video. I will have to try that for myself.


Edit: Tried it for myself just to see and I was able to get about 2.5 gallons into a standard lubricated condom before it popped. Please note that a good portion of the condom was stretched up to the bath tub faucet. It may have been able to hold a lot more otherwise.
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... Why not just stash plastic water bottles for transport? They even have collapsable ones and *bags* made for water storage these days...

Trust me- that Latex taste is NOT something you want in your water :o
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If SHTF, I don't think I'll be using condoms for water. I can see more.....fun purposes for them. Don't want to bring another child into a situation like that and I will definitely still want to have sex. So, yes, we'll be stocking up on condoms (just not for water)
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... Why not just stash plastic water bottles for transport?
Because you can't keep an empty plastic water bottle in your wallet for emergency use.
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Because you can't keep an empty plastic water bottle in your wallet for emergency use.
Exactly.....
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Trust me- that Latex taste is NOT something you want in your water :o
I wont ask ....

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Another thing, is that the movement of your wallet can severely compromise the strength of the condom, they're not safe for sex then, and who knows if they would hold much water then.
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... Why not just stash plastic water bottles for transport? They even have collapsable ones and *bags* made for water storage these days...

Trust me- that Latex taste is NOT something you want in your water :o
ROFL! I nearly choked after reading this. Thanks for the laugh Mama Bear.
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You can always use them on your shotgun/rifle barrel, It'll keep rain and mud out. In a SHTF they might be good barter material.
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i wouldnt use them to hold water. but they are great from keeping things from getting wet if there is a chance.
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Good for putting your cell phone in and tying the top when on a boat.
You can still use the phone as well
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Because you can't keep an empty plastic water bottle in your wallet for emergency use.
I always carry a water bottle in my purse- one of the perks of bein a woman I guess They also have water storage *bags* that are actually *made* for water storage... A 2 gallon one would be great to stash in a BOB, glove box, purse, laptop bag, etc.

I guess my thought is more that if you're in that situation to have to consider the use of condoms for water storage that you're probably also in an area where you'd fairly easily find better options for containers- or should have already had your BOB where you probably should have put a more durable/appropriate water storage container. (I also can't see any easy way of filling a condom with water out of a river or other stationary body of water- I'd think it would have to be out of a faucet etc. so the water pressure could expand the material... ?)

But yeah- in an emergency and you had no other better option? A condom would do for water storage that you weren't needing to move around much. If one were careful one could use a paperclip to provide a loose seal on the top without having to tie it and position it in such a way as to keep it upright with the pressure off it so it wouldn't leak. (Such as affixing it via the aforementioned paperclip to the sides of a box to keep it standing and the opening upright)
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Interesting follow on link starting a fire using a condom and some water!

No condoms in my wallet, usually carry some bottled water in my EDC though.
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Interesting. We've never used them, but since they are so multi-purpose, we may need to pick up a pack.
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Interesting follow on link starting a fire using a condom and some water!

No condoms in my wallet, usually carry some bottled water in my EDC though.
I agree, though at the moment, I cant keep them in my wallet long enough for consideration... :D
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I agree, though at the moment, I cant keep them in my wallet long enough for consideration... :D
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I have been stocking condoms for awhile (not that I'm using them--still single!) as a barter item. Got my last pack for $3 at Big Lots! They had a 75% off sale of merchandise from a drug store chain that closed down. Gotta go back and see if there are any left!

I did pick up a box of Magnums, which are supposed to be bigger. I'll try to see how much water it will hold and report back.
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When we had Air Force regulars giving me survival training, they stated the same use for condoms. But they did say "You'll find out who your friends are when they find you. But your true friends are when they find you drinking out of a condom!":D


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