How to Make a Field Expedient Water Bottle from a Condom

by Erich

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!

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29 Comments»

Comment by WAYNE HENNIE
2012-08-15 10:02:36

or.. you could use this as a “liner” for a discarded plastic or other bottle if the cleanliness of the bottle is unknown.

Comment by George Vlk
2012-08-15 23:17:33

Thanks for the info on the EDC for water. It probably is the second best way for the use of the CONDOM!! Is there a third way to use a Condon? George

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2012-08-16 10:10:16

Hey George,

Condoms also are great for protecting your gun barrel from dust and water when out hunting or in the field. They also can be used to make fire (a future article).

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Comment by Sandy J
2012-08-15 10:23:47

If you wet the sock and allow air movement to get at it it will chill it too.

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2012-08-16 10:16:30

Hey Sandy,

Evaporative cooling is an excellent tip for this type of water bottle Thanks!

 
 
Comment by Matt
2012-08-15 10:31:24

Innovative concept and good ideas in the comments by Wayne and Sandy. Thanks!

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2012-08-16 10:13:04

I second that. Thanks you guys!

 
 
Comment by Bill Dean
2012-08-15 10:39:00

Air Force survival kits in a pouch on the thigh have contained these for decades

 
Comment by Heather
2012-08-15 10:42:58

This is a good idea. I had a few thoughts: You could also use latex gloves, too. Also, if you’re doing this ahead of time, you can purchase non-lubricated condoms. Finally, for those with latex allergies, non-latex condoms or gloves would have to be used.

 
Comment by Hollis
2012-08-15 18:48:43

Having had 3 daughters in the house, all grown now thank god, I’ve found that knee high nylons have many uses. Lining one with a condom makes a great emergency water bottle and takes up less room than a sock. Just a thought.

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2012-08-16 10:11:28

Thanks for the tip Hollis!

 
 
Comment by snb
2012-08-15 20:10:18

What about a balloon?

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2012-08-16 10:03:00

Balloons don’t work well for bodies of water (what you’d most likely encounter in the wild) since there isn’t enough pressure to fill them.

 
 
Comment by Silas Longshot
2012-08-15 21:28:41

As I was reading this I was wondering what you intended to do to keep your ‘bottle’ intact as they are in no way designed to hold water. The sock would probably work great.

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2012-08-16 10:02:14

Hey Silas,

Yeah, for traveling you definitely need the sock, however if you’re just gathering, disinfecting, and drinking in the one location there’s little chance of bursting the condom.

 
 
Comment by cj06
2012-08-16 00:27:58

ALWAYS BUY THE MAGNUM SIZED CONDOMS FOR WATER , HECK IF THE WOMAN FIND THEM THEY WILL BE IMPRESSED !

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2012-08-16 10:10:30

lol 🙂

 
 
Comment by William Fagan
2012-08-16 00:34:27

Great idea….especially the sock…thanks for the insight.

 
Comment by Juan
2012-08-16 17:19:47

1. intended use
2. Transvaginal ecotomography probe “sanitizer”
3. water bottle /liner
4. rifle barrel protection
5. birthday/concert funny baloon
5. emergency generic rubber band (for expample, to bind a bundle of notes)
6. tourniquet

😉

 
Comment by Diana Spearman
2012-08-16 19:35:46

please see the YouTube instructional video regarding Sling Shot made from condoms

 
Comment by dennis
2012-08-17 00:28:41

A collapsible water bottle would be more practical.

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2012-08-17 08:41:58

Hey Dennis,

I originally thought of that but carrying it around everyday would still be a pain (for me at least). I needed something very low profile that I could wear without anything “printing” on my clothing. The collapsible bottles I found — even when collapsed — were still too bulky for me.

If you know of another one that is pretty low profile (something that would fit in your pocket without it being noticeable) I’d appreciate a link.

thanks,

– Erich

 
 
Comment by Karen
2012-08-20 23:41:56

I suppose a few of these in your “trade” kit would be handy also. I can imagine, in a long term disaster situation, that any birth control method is going to be in demand. Just be sure to rotate them, if you don’t, ahem, indulge.

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2012-08-21 00:01:54

🙂

 
 
Comment by jeff bice
2012-08-22 10:06:09

i want to thank you for the great vids you have sent to my email.i have shown them to my prepper buddies. i am retired army and i can tell you this, your video,s are a big help,thanks.

 
Comment by Jason
2012-08-30 08:45:57

LMFAO @ cj06 That’s a very good point. I know I’ll never have a problem with water or wilderness survival, but I’m gonna carry a huge condom on me, from now on, thanks to your comment.

 
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