Wal-Mart, Utah-based Emergency Essentials, and online retailers Amazon.com and eBay sell 5-gallon jugs, coolers and water carriers, as of 2015. Wal-Mart and Emergency Essentials also retail the jugs on their websites. Five-gallon jugs can hold drinking water and beverages for the office, picnics, camping trips, sports events or as part of emergency preparedness in the home.
Wal-Mart's selection of 5-gallon jugs includes jugs, coolers and carriers from brands such as Igloo, Coleman and Rubbermaid. Igloo's beverage cooler comes with wheels and a pull-up handle, while Rubbermaid's water cooler comes with a cup dispenser. Emergency Essentials' utilitarian 5-gallon jug is made of BPA-free plastic. Its cubic shape makes it easy to move and rotate. When used to store water as part of emergency preparedness, users musts keep the jugs in dark places to prevent the growth of algae.
Amazon.com's selection of 5-gallon jugs includes the cube-shaped Coleman water carrier with spigot, the blue Coleman beverage cooler, the Kegco glass carboy, the brown Igloo seat top beverage jug with spigot, and the H8O Polycarbonate water bottle with handle and cap. EBay sells a variety of 5-gallon jugs made of polycarbonate for holding water and glass for home-brewing beer or wine. Some jugs are of vintage glass for use as decor.