US army water canteen for my bug out kit

I doubt if I can last more than 2 days without water in the hot & humid Malaysia
I doubt if I can last more than 2 days without water in the hot & humid Malaysia

This is my new (used) US army water canteen/ mug system I am currently using for my bug out bag setup. I have been working on my bug out kit for some time now. Still in the works and I have not really perfected it. I guess it will forever be a work in progress. The water bottle system (that’s what I prefer to call it) is an important part of the kit. I can only last 3 days (technically) without water. So, having a system to procure, purify and to contain water is important to me. Here is a recent water bottle system I got recently.


A friend of mine has been yapping about the US Army water bottle and mug for the longest time ever. She reckons it is the most practical & field tested setup there is in the market. Well, if the military still uses it, I suppose there must be merits to it. So, I decided to get a set recently from a local seller (Mudah is awesome). It comes complete with the pouch (although it is a few wars behind).

The pouch is an old US Army design but still in very good condition
The pouch is an old US Army design but still in very good condition

My previous kit consists of just a Nalgene bottle. Nothing wrong with that but this setup would give me some added advantage. It goes back to my previous article on Leatherman Wave as an EDC. Why carry something that has limited functions when you can have more?

The pouch is molle compatible, with side pockets and can be setup in a configuration I really like. I don’t intend to strap the unit to the outside of the pack though. Don’t really like the idea of having stuff strapped all over the outside of the pack. Molle is great but I just like the pack profile to look clean.

Molle system is a common feature in all military stuff
Molle system is a common feature in all military stuff

 

The pouch by SDS, one of the many US Army contractors
The pouch by SDS, one of the many US Army contractors

What I like the most about this set-up is the stainless steel mug and the pockets on the sides of the pouch. If I wanted to, I can keep a spare Leatherman tool in one of the pocket and keep a small fire starting kit with water purifying tablets in the other.  A roll of masonry string can probably go into the other pocket maybe.

I can probably stuff in some cordage into the same pocket
I can probably stuff in some cordage into the same pocket

The water bottle has been used. It has that ‘special’ device on its cap that’s supposedly to be used with biological masks. Not sure how true that is but that does not matter. I have yet gone to the extent of a biological mask (never say never though).

The mechanism underneath the cap
The mechanism underneath the cap

I plan to replace this water bottle with one from Nalgene. I am assuming they are of the same size and the Nalgene would sit in the mug without any problems. I prefer the Nalgene coz it allows me to see the level of content I have left inside. Hate to realize too late that my water reserve has run out.

Everything in this setup seems used except for the stainless steel mug. It looks almost brand new. This could only mean two things. That I am freaking lucky or this is a imitation piece. For the price paid, I should not be complaining. It sure beats buying one from the US and getting it shipped to Malaysia.

The Nalgene version of the US army bottle should fit in the mug nicely
The Nalgene version of the US army bottle should fit in the mug nicely
The bottom of the stainless steel mug does not show any signs of use at all
The bottom of the stainless steel mug does not show any signs of use at all
The ‘butterfly’ handles are perfect!
The ‘butterfly’ handles are perfect!

I love the stainless steel mug. Compared to some of the crappy aluminum mugs available in local stores, this is like the Rolex of them all. This setup will serve me well. It can be used to collect water effectively, boil water and cook my food and perhaps even use it to dig small holes or scoop up small fishes or prawns from the river if the need arises. It is robust and well built…plenty of life in it to serve me many years to come.

I am taking this setup out for a test soon. See how it works with the rest of my kit. I sincerely hope this US Army issued water canteen system, pouch and stainless steel would be the right water system setup for my bug out kit.

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