Best Water Bottle for Hiking Isn’t a Bottle
Water bottles are plentiful but which ones are the best for hikers?
Day hikers and short trip hikers can get away with using a collapsible water bottle for their hiking journey. I prefer the Vapur brand of water bottles for hiking for several reasons.
The best water bottles aren’t bottles at all. The Vapur water bottle is a sleeve that collapses when you drink. The top the “water bottle” was a seal and a lever lock that help to prevents accidental spills. I hike with a husband and two children who somehow do not know how to properly screw a lid onto a bottle. One time a bottle of red Gatorade spilled inside of my pack. Thanks Honey) and soaked my spare pair of socks! I found this out when I went to change socks.
However, the best thing about the Vapur water bottle is that it collapses and that is important if you are like me and can’t stand repetitive noises such as water sloshing inside of a bottle.
Vapur water bottles are made in the U.S.A.
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For fellow hikers, I highly recommend the Vapur water bottles.
How Much Water is Enough?
Having enough water totally and entirely depends on where you are going and when you are going. If you are a day hiker (under 4 miles relatively flat), a 1L bottle will likely be plenty unless it is super hot out.
A hiker making mileage or hiking uphill will burn through about 10 quarts of fluid a day. That’s 2.5 gallons! Use this as a guide while keeping in mind the variables of your area such as the strenuousness of the trail, humidity, amount of direct sunlight you will be in, and the temperature. And, ALWAYS pack more water than you think you will need.
That is another reason I like the collapsible water bottles. You can tuck it into an extra pocket. I don’t recommend using the plastic carabiner to attach it to your pack unless you are going to secure the bottom, so it doesn’t swing. And, that is where velcro tape comes in sooooo handy … but that’s another story.