Hiking Backpack Trips – Pack Water First
Your outdoor backpack will need to transport your drinking water. It’s vitally important to have/and or bring enough water to keep you fully hydrated throughout your trip, however long it is. You may not mind the weight of a couple of 16 oz. bottles of water in a daypack. For a longer trek, it would be more comfortable using a backpack with a bladder pocket that holds water. Whatever carrying method you choose, here are ways to bring enough water for adequate hydration on the hike.
How Much Water Should I Bring On My Hiking Trek ?
Drinking about 1 liter before you start your trek helps your body because it pre-hydrates you before it uses that fluid. This would mean less water to carry in your hiking pack as well. Getting into the habit of frequent sips throughout your journey provides a constant flow of hydration. If you gulp a bottle of water right down, it will pass through you quicker. The goal is to consume around 1 liter of water/fluid every hour from your outdoor backpack during hot and humid hikes, especially if you are at a higher altitude. This goal is pretty important even if it’s during winter months.
The Water Carry Method In Your Hiking Pack
Your outdoor backpack can be one that carries a water drinking system in a bladder bag. This is easier for many hikers. The benefit of this method is having connecting tubing that allows you to sip from your water pouch during your hike without stopping. Sometimes these packs are referred to as a camelback backpack. It’s an excellent source of hydration on-the-go and ultimately weighs less than several individual drinking bottles, especially if you would need to carry enough water for an extended trip.
Alternate Water Sources On The Backpack Trail
Another alternative is to drink from water sources along the way. If you have mapped out exactly where you’re hiking, and you know for a fact that there are natural water sources periodically, that’s a good thing. Be sure to use a filtering method to be assured of purified drinking water for bacteria-free hydration. Water from sources like ponds, lakes or streams will carry bacteria.
Your outdoor backpack may carry another method such as water purification drops. These tasteless drops kill 99% of bacteria, viruses and cysts that are in natural water. Some backpack trekkers prefer to pack water purification tablets to use in untreated water sources that are able to treat 60 liters of water. Drops and tablets are good alternatives because they would mean less bulk and weight in your hiking bag.
Nature Hikers Have Many Hydration Choices
Outdoor backpack enthusiasts have several more sophisticated methods and devices for purifying drinking water during a long trek. Some of these are pretty pricey and can be a bit complicated to use. Some hikers are more finicky about their water, hence the more expensive and intricate products for filtering out every microscopic particle.
What matters most is providing yourself with safe drinking water to stay fully hydrated before, during, and after your hike. It’s up to the individual hiker to choose what works best for him/her in their hiking pack. Just make it a priority when you hike to stay hiking healthy.