Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Packing List: Water Containers

One of the most common questions is how to prepare for hydrating oneself on course. It is best to begin with the question: "Are you hiking on course?"

If the answer is yes, bring a camelback in addition to a water bottle. If not, only a water bottle is necessary.

As for water bottles, any water bottle that withstands a lot of abuse is good, this includes steel water bottles and hard plastic bottles. It's very important to have these bottles for day trips (to the river, beach, waterfall, service), but not as the primary source for backpacking and hiking.

Camelbacks are crucial for staying hydrated during rigorous and long activities. The tube near the face is not only a constant reminder to hikers to continue drinking water, but it is also easier to access and holds more water than a water bottle. Donna White, one of our Land Instructors, explains more about their importance:

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