Today I was out walking our pup Nova and forgot to bring my water bottle. Being so thirsty gave me the idea to write a blog post about our hydration essentials. I know that when I first started hiking and backpacking I had no clue what water filters/hydration packs were my best bet. This is a list of our favorite hydration gear, most of which we have with us on every backpacking trip.
I was highly skeptical of this item when I first came across it last year. For some reason the thought of putting potentially contaminated water into a bottle freaked me out. But since then I have gotten over it because filter is so damn convenient. If you are going on a short hike and don't want to carry a reservoir or water filter + water bottle combo, this is perfect. You just fill it up with water, screw on the top, and start drinking. The filter lives in the sport top that you drink out of. You can get a 1L bottle on Amazon for $44 dollars and I think that is well worth it!
We've tried out a few different brands of hydration reservoirs at this point, and so far the Gregory brand reservoir is my favorite. We only ever buy 3L reservoirs so that we can max them out for backpacking trips, or bring only 1 or 2 liters for short hikes, although we usually end up bringing 3 liters just in case. This reservoir connects directly to the water filter that we use, listed below. You can find this filter on Amazon for $36.
This water filter is good, but not the best. It starts to slow down pretty quickly and requires cleaning pretty often. That being said, it is dependable. It will work, it will just work slowly. This is fine for 1-2 night overnight trips like Adam and I take, but if you were doing a longer backpacking trip it would most likely turn into a giant pain in the ass. Our next move will probably be to another Katadyn water filter.
A water bottle is necessary to easily hold water for making food, drinking around camp, or making electrolyte supplements; which I always recommend when you're out on the trail. Hydroflasks are great because they keep the water extra cold (or hot) for long periods of time and utilize minimal plastic compared to something like a Nalgene bottle. They are pricey but worth it in my opinion.
For a while I was using Beachbody Performance Hydrate as my main hydration supplement, but after trying LiquidIV I'm sold. This supplement includes my daily value of vitamin B12 which is AWESOME, as B12 is one vitamin vegans can struggle to get enough of. It has as much potassium as a banana, which will help to prevent cramping, and is equivalent to drinking 3 water bottles with each packet in 16 oz of water. Besides that, the flavors are great. I never go on a hike without it now.
This was not a sponsored post and reflects my actual opinion on all of these items.