The best ways to pack water without wasting space are through CamelBak hydration backpacks or Nalgene bottles. Discover the significance of gaining easy access to a water supply with help from a recreational kayaking instructor and outdoor adventurer in this free video on water for backpacking trips.
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Water, you have got to make sure that you carry enough water with you. Now how much water do you need? Well that is a formula that is a little bit vague. A lot of it is going to have to do with temperature, energy output, altitude, body type, duration of the trip, and things like that. But how do you carry that water with you. The best thing I've found is nalgenes or a camel back type product. It allows you to carry a fair amount of water without a lot of space that is wasted, and a lot of extra weight. A water bottle like this is nice, easy to use, I can clip it to my backpack with a carabiner, I can slide it in my backpack pocket, bust it out, and it is all ready to drink without a whole lot of hassle. One other things about water is wherever you pack it you should have easy access to it. Because if you don't have easy access to it you are probably not going to drink enough. Dehydration is one of those very important concerns that you need to be aware of in the back country so making sure that you carry enough water with you. Now if you are car camping no big deal. Fill up several gallon jugs of water, put them in your cooler, voila. If you are in the back country you should have a plan for how you are going to get your portable water. Whether you are going to have to treat it with a water filter or chemically, and then store it and carry it. But a couple of liters a day would be what I would consider minimum per person. So that takes some serious planning in your packing. So make sure that you plan accordingly. Safe adventures.