We go on a lot of family car camping trips and our number one safety priority is carrying at least 5 gallons of water in a stainless steel water dispenser. Why carry a such a large amount of water? In the short term, water is more important for maintaining health than food. The human body can go days if not weeks without food. Try going a few days without water and you will get the point. The human body can only go a few days without water before serious damage starts to happen to your body.
For camping trips, this stainless water jug is a "must have" item. Most campsites have potable water that is usually chlorinated. However, we do not consider chlorinated water potable. Additionally, if our vehicle ever broke down, we always have an emergency water supply.
Stainless steel water containers are the best solution for water storage as most plastic water dispensers even though labeled "BPA Free" still contains compounds that can be toxic to your body. We ditched every reusable plastic water bottle in the house and replaced them with stainless steel Kleen Kanteens. In fact, we even replaced the plastic caps with a stainless steel lined caps.
After reading the reviews on Amazon, we decided on a 25 liter stainless steel water jug made my Dinuba. This water jug is absolutely gorgeous. It reminds me of those old fashioned milk storage containers that I used to see on my uncle's dairy farm in Southern Minnesota. It's made from polished 18/20 stainless that is so shiny that you can almost use it for a mirror. It has two handles with plastic finger grips for lifting it. No more break your back when turning the plastic water bottles upside after refilling it. This jug is both a container and dispenser. Click on the image below to see the product at Amazon and read the reviews.
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An addition benefit that we accidentally discovered was that the water always tasted slightly cooler from the Dinuba stainless water jug than it did from the plastic water jug.
Where this water jug really paid off for us was when we stayed in a remote national forest cabin in the Shasta Trinity National Forest in California for 4 days. The cabin had running water that the forest service said was not potable. I carried carried both the Pur Water ceramic water filter and the Sawyer Complete water filtration systems that I used to fill our 25 liter stainless steel water jug. However, it was nice to have a day supply of water before I had to filter any water.
If the 5 gallon stainless steel water dispenser seems too large, you may want to look at the Dinuba 15 liter stainless steel water dispenser in stock. While I prefer a 6 gallon container over the 4 gallon water dispenser, the 4 gallon dispenser is easier to use.
I like this product so much that I wrote a review about it at Amazon.com. Here is a copy of my review:
"Our family purchased this stainless water jug to replace a 2 gallon ceramic water dispenser that we use at home. We were tired of always having to fill it with water from a 5 gallon plastic water jug. Additionally, I did not like filling up 5 gallon plastic water jugs with purified water. Why put pure water in a toxic container? I know that the label says BPA free. What about all the other chemicals? With a stainless steel water dispenser, there are no worries. The water always tastes fresh and clean. My wife commented that it tastes slightly cooler than water than came out of a plastic water dispenser.
Another benefit is that it comes with two handles to carry this jug.
Benefit number 2 is that you do not have to empty it into a dispenser as it is already a dispenser. Every home should have one of these.
We also used this water dispenser on a 3 week camping trip. I first ordered the 15 liter container and realized that we would run out of water frequently while on the road camping. We were able to fit this stainless steel water jug right into the back of our family Subaru Outback with no problems. It usually lasted our family of 4 for 2-3 days.
I highly recommend this water dispenser. It will last a life time. It's beautiful and looks great in your home as water dispenser."