Bangkok Floods 2011: Supermarket out of bottled water and batteries? Here's a way out.

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Supermarket shelves have been cleared of essentials like water containers, bottled water and torch lights. Here are just two things I'm ...

Supermarket shelves have been cleared of essentials like water containers, bottled water and torch lights. Here are just two things I'm using to get around the shortages - please do share more if you have any more ideas.

By Karn G. Bulsuk



Link: Read more on the 2011 Bangkok Floods
If you haven’t prepared for the upcoming floods or have difficulty finding anything in supermarkets anymore, here are some work arounds you could use.

Storing Fresh Water

One of the first things gone from store shelves was bottled water. The only stuff that is left is expensive mineral water that is overpriced and won’t leave you quenching your thirst without ripping your wallet to shreds.

If you haven’t been able to stock up on drinkable water and you don’t have enough bottles, then you can use plastic bags instead.

The type suitable for storing water are the clear types that you get when buying hot food. I recommend the 14”x22” sized bags as they provide just enough water to last a person for a day for both drinking and basic bathing, and they can be purchased from any Makro for around 190 baht for one pack.


We’ve double lined the bags and filled it just a bit past half-way, otherwise sealing it is too difficult and there’s a much higher risk that they will burst. Three rubber bands working in parallel should be enough to seal the bag and prevent water from seeping out.


Torchlights

Flashlights are in hot demand right now, and both supplies of torches and D-sized batteries difficult to come by.

There are still plenty of AAA batteries on sale out there, so if you need a flashlight, try buying those new LED flashlights. They usually use 3 AAA batteries and it should be sufficient to give you lighting in the event that electricity is cut.


These are just some of the things we’ve come across and developed solutions to. Are there any other work-arounds and ideas you can share? 

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