Outdoor Backpack Hiking Drink – Drink – Drink

Water Is Key While Hiking
Your hiking backpack will need to transport your drinking water. It is vitally important to have/and or bring enough water to keep you fully hydrated. The length of your trip should also be considered. 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 hydration backpack with a pocket that holds a bladder for water. Whatever carrying method you choose, bring enough water for adequate hydration on your hike.

Exactly How Much Water Should Be Packed In My Outdoor Backpack?

Drinking about 1 liter before you start your trek helps your body pre-hydrate 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 during hot and humid hikes,especially if you are at a higher altitude. This goal is pretty important even if it’s during the winter months.

Carry Methods Vary In Hiking  Backpacks

Outdoor backpack hikers can carry fluids in a water bladder within their backpack if it is easier for them. The benefit of this type of pack 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 camel back 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.

Outdoor Backpack Trekking – Other Sources For Hydration

Another alternative is to drink from natural water sources along the way. If you have mapped out exactly where you’re going, and know for a fact that there are natural water sources periodically along your journey,  consider using a filtering device to purify drinking water from ponds, lakes or streams.  You can filter out 99% of bacteria that naturally comes from outside water. Another method is to use water purification drops that kill bacteria, viruses and cysts that are in natural water. Some outdoor backpack hikers prefer to pack water purification tablets in their backpacking gear all of the time, to use on untreated water sources if they run out of bottled water. These tablets are able to treat 60 liters of water. This alternative would mean less bulk and weight from bottles of water in your hiking bag
Outdoor Backpack Hikers Have Many Choices
There are several more sophisticated methods and devices of purifying drinking water for 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 means of filtering every microscopic particle.  Having sensible options of providing yourself with safe drinking water to stay fully hydrated before,during, and after your hike is really what matters most. It’s up to the individual hiker to choose what works best for him/her in their hiking pack. Just make hydration a priority when you hike for a better experience. We would love to hear your tips on hydration during hiking at http://www.naturetrailbackpacks.com

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