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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

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1. What makes BestBugOutBuckets.com survival kits DIFFERENT from other commercially-available survival kits?

 

2. Why should I use a BUCKET instead of a BACKPACK for my survival kit?

 

3. Why would I want a BUCKET CART as part of my survival kit?

 

4. What else is special about your survival kits?

 

5. Why do BestBugOutBuckets.com survival kits include Survive Outdoors Longer's high-quality emergency blankets instead of the common mylar blankets found in most other survival kits?

 

6. Why do BestBugOutBuckets.com survival kits include a higher-quality poncho than the common emergency ponchos found in most other survival kits?

 

7. Why don't BestBugOutBuckets.com survival kits include a tube tent?

 

8. Why don't BestBugOutBuckets.com survival kits contain MREs?

 

9. Why are the water bottles in BestBugOutBuckets.com survival kits shipped empty?

 

1. What makes BestBugOutBuckets.com survival kits DIFFERENT from other commercially-available survival kits?

In a word: WATER! Our survival kits contain much more water than most other commercially-available survival kits. In fact, our survival kits hold 2 gallons of water! That water is packaged in our patent-pending Bucket Bottles, which makes storing and accessing that water simple. Additionally, when the bottles are placed in a five-gallon bucket, the unique shape of our Bucket Bottles leaves room in the center of the bucket for survival supplies and equipment.

The following video illustrates how our survival kits can hold so much water while still leaving room for survival supplies in a five-gallon bucket.

 

 

 

2. Why should I use a BUCKET instead of a BACKPACK for my survival kit?

Several of our survival kits use BUCKETS instead of BACKPACKS because they contain so much water. When your survival kit contains enough water, it is going to be HEAVY! Most people do not want to carry that much weight on their backs, and many children are unable to carry that much weight. The obvious solution is to carry the survival kit on a folding bucket cart or collapsible luggage cart. Unfortunately, backpacks are difficult to strap to a cart. Buckets are much easier to strap to a cart! As an added bonus, a bucket is more sturdy than a backpack, a bucket will keep its contents more dry than a backpack will, and a bucket makes a better seat than a backpack does.

 

 

3. Why would I want a BUCKET CART as part of my survival kit?

The following video illustrates why you may want a BUCKET CART as part of your survival kit.

 

 

 

4. What else is special about your survival kits?

Our survival kits are stocked with HIGH QUALITY tools and supplies. For example, our poncho is 10 mils thick, which is much thicker than ponchos in other commercially-available survival kits. Our dust mask has an exhaust valve and nose clip. Our emergency blankets are durable. Our first aid kit has stuff you can use, unlike many other first aid kits that consist mostly of adhesive bandages. Even our garbage bags, at 1.2 mils, are thicker than most.

 

 

5. Why do BestBugOutBuckets.com survival kits include Survive Outdoors Longer's high-quality emergency blankets instead of the common mylar blankets found in most other survival kits?

Survive Outdoors Longer (SOL) manufacturers the emergency blankets that we include in our kits. Their emergency blankets are MUCH MORE DURABLE than the common mylar blankets included in most other survival kits.

The following video illustrates the difference in durability between a common mylar emergency blanket and an emergency blanket manufactured by Survive Outdoors Longer.

 

 

 

6. Why do BestBugOutBuckets.com survival kits include a higher-quality poncho than the common emergency ponchos found in most other survival kits?

There is a big difference in the durability of ponchos found in survival kits. Most emergency ponchos in survival kits are reminiscent of a garbage bag with a hood and arm holes. In fact, many emergency ponchos are thinner than the garbage bags in our survival kits. The poncho included in our survival kits is 10 MILS THICK and designed for more use than most emergency ponchos.

The following video illustrates the difference between our poncho and theirs.

 

 

 

7. Why don't BestBugOutBuckets.com survival kits include a tube tent?

Tube tents are NOT practical shelters for an emergency. We recommend that people purchase an inexpensive dome tent, or other portable tent that meets their needs, from their local sporting goods store and then add that tent to their survival kit.

The following link is to a video that illustrates some of the problems with tube tents. The video is a little long, but it clearly shows the shortcomings of tube tents.

 

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8. Why don't BestBugOutBuckets.com survival kits contain MREs?

Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) are a convenient means of storing food. Unfortunately, their shelf life decreases significantly when stored at room temperature or warmer. MRE estimated shelf life is as follows:

MRE Storage Temperature Estimated MRE Shelf Life

50 F      60 months
60 F      48 months
70 F      40 months
80 F      36 months
90 F      18 months
100 F      6 months
110 F      2 months
120 F      1 month

Of course, this is just an estimate, and some MRE foods are more likely to have a reduced shelf life than others. For example, MRE applesauce and cheese spread do not fare well at elevated storage temperatures.

Because customers will store many of our survival kits at room temperature or warmer, we include food rations that are designed to last for 5 years over a wide temperature range. Keep in mind that emergency food rations are not designed to be particularly nutritious, but to provide enough caloric energy to keep you alive through an emergency.

 

 

9. Why are the water bottles in BestBugOutBuckets.com survival kits shipped empty?

We ship the water bottles empty to reduce shipping costs. The bottles hold a total of 2 gallons of water, which weighs over 16 pounds! Filling the bottles with water prior to shipping would greatly increase the shipping costs.

Our kits include simple instructions for washing, sanitizing, and filling the bottles with water.

It is important that customers remember to fill the bottles with water before storing their survival kits. Otherwise, they are in for a thirsty reminder when they open their survival kits in an emergency and find that the water bottles are still empty!