How Do You Hydrate When Backpacking?

By Anna Duncan

When backpacking, hydration is essential to staying healthy and energized. It’s important to drink plenty of fluids during the day and stay on top of your hydration needs. Here are some tips for staying hydrated while backpacking:

Choose the Right Water Container
When choosing a water container, it’s important to consider weight, capacity and ease of carrying. A lightweight, durable water bottle or hydration pack is best for backpacking.

Look for one with a wide opening that allows you to refill it easily without spilling. Also, if you’re planning on carrying a lot of water, consider using a larger capacity container with an adjustable shoulder strap that can be worn across your body or around your waist.

Carry Enough Water
It’s important to carry enough water when backpacking. Depending on the temperature and your activity level, you may need more or less water than usual. Make sure to bring at least 2-3 liters of water per person per day, plus extra for cooking and cleaning.

Know Your Water Sources
When backpacking in areas where potable water is available, it’s important to know where your water sources are located. Carry a map or use GPS so you can plan ahead and know where the next source of water will be located. If you suspect that any water source may be contaminated, don’t drink it without boiling or treating it first.

Treat Your Water
If you suspect that any water source may be contaminated, don’t drink it without boiling or treating it first with a reliable purification system like filtration tablets or UV light treatment systems such as SteriPEN products. Many natural sources of drinking water such as rivers and streams can contain parasites and other contaminants that can make you sick if consumed untreated.

Hydrating effectively when backpacking requires careful planning and preparation to ensure you have enough clean drinking water throughout your trip.

Choose the right container for easy carrying and refilling; carry enough water; know your sources; and treat all questionable sources before consuming them. With these tips in mind, you can stay healthy and well-hydrated while out in the wilderness!