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Category Food and Drink > Drinks
Size 2x2 (4 Slots)
Weight 250 g
Absorbency 0%
Contains 1L
Nutritional Values
Energy 0 kcal
Water 1000 mL
Stomach 1 mL
Nutritional Index 75
Toxicity -10
Locations All Locations
Rarity Rare
Variants None
A reusable plastic bottle used by military and campers. Can be filled with various liquids.
~ In-game description

The Canteen is a portable source of drinking water that survivors can use to replenish their thirst.


  • Can be emptied of their contents by holding in hand and looking towards the ground.
  • Can be refilled at Water Pumps for fresh water or any source of muddy waters like rivers, streams, and ponds. They will not work close to shoreline seawater.
  • Can hold Gasoline when filled up at Fuel Pumps at Gas Stations. The Canteen must be emptied of Water before Gasoline can be added.
  • Can be attached to a Belt and carried in the waist slot.

Cholera Dangers[]

It is important to mention that spawned Canteens have a 50/50 chance to infect a player with Cholera. It is always recommended to use Chlorine Tablets to purify before first consumption of the spawned liquid OR empty the Canteen out and refill entirely from a Water Pump to be safe.


The canteen in DayZ appears to be based off of the Rothco 3 piece canteen.