Hydration On Trekking: Everything You Need To Know!
We know a defined amount of water that we should drink during the day today, but there is much more to talk about hydration on trekking, such as the best way to carry, clean, and drink water during outdoor activities.
Everyone knows how important it is to drink water. And I’m sure I don’t need to explain the need for hydration, but if you want to know what you can do to stay hydrated and safe while walking, this article is for you. In this post, you will find tips and advice on proper hydration, as well as suggestions for equipment to transport and purify water during your trekking.
How To Transport Water On Trekking?
Over the past few years, I’ve tested various ways to transport water: pet bottles, sturdy plastic bottles, metal bottles, Nalgene, and water reservoir bags. I used practically every existing type. The type of water container you should have depends on a few things. Before buying any of them, answer the questions below:
What Is The Water Situation At Your Trekking Destination?
Is water easily accessible from rivers, streams, or running water sources? When you know there are persistent flows (like on beach trekking), you don’t need to carry a lot of water in your backpack. So just a bottle of water is enough. If you walk in areas where water is scarce, you need to think about larger water containers – for example, 3L hydration bags.
Are You Looking For Ultralight Trekking?
Water bottles made from rigid plastic (and even metal) can be impractical, much heavier than hydration bags or pet bottles. This may seem silly for shorter hikes, but it might not make much difference on longer trekking.
Do You Walk Alone Or With A Larger Group?
When you are a solo hiker, the organization of your trekking can be different, including concerning hydration. Some water filters work great for a solo hiker but are annoying to use on a group trek. The reason? Few people have the patience to wait for the filtering process. Another point: when you are alone, a hydration bottle becomes a torment, as the ritual of removing and placing the cargo ship in the quota’s bothers, even compromising the hydration of the walker (as mentioned above).
Do You Usually Take Short Or Long Walks?
For day hikes, you can opt for backpacks with an attached hydration bag. It is also an excellent option for people who like to walk very fast or run in the mountains. As for long trekking with Thorogood boots, most backpacks are prepared for water bags and side pockets to receive bottles.