Use Non-Insulated Canteen For Outdoor Survival

July 2, 2015, by Ken Jorgustin


I’m just putting it out there for those who may not have thought of this – it’s best NOT to use an ‘insulated’ canteen for outdoor survival, and here’s why…

While reflecting on the recent article, 11 Most Popular Tools For Outdoor Survival, in which a stainless steel canteen with a screw-on lid is #4, I realized that there are a large number of canteens nowadays that are insulated – even some of the very popular ‘Klean Kanteen’ variety.

For outdoor survival purposes, you want to look for a non-insulated stainless steel canteen like this one (which I own several) or any of the many others out there. Here’s why…

One of the very important attributes of a stainless steel canteen is that you can boil water in it if you need to – for water purification. Not only will stainless steel NOT rust, or will it resist breakage, but it is an efficient container for boiling drinking water if you need to (from a stream, etc..).

By the way, this is how long you only need to boil water for safe drinking.

A problem arises however if you’re using an insulated canteen. The double walled construction of such a canteen presents a barrier between the outside wall and the inside wall of the canteen. The same principle that keeps your water cool (insulated) will also prevent it (greatly reduce it) from heating to a boil over a fire.

So with that said, you might consider foregoing the luxury of maintaining a nice chilled canteen of cool drinking water in an insulated canteen for that of an ordinary stainless steel single-walled canteen for your outdoor camping or hiking activities…

(This has been a public service announcement 😉 )

What’s your favorite canteen?