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    What's in your hydration kit?

    Hey guys, What do you guys normally carry your water in, and also what do you usually bring to boil water in? I normally use a Nalgene with a GSI glacier cup, I also have a U.S. issue arctic canteen kit, and a Swiss M84 Canteen.
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    The Platypus pouches seem pretty popular over here, or the black Osprey army issue bottles. I have both but I'm steering towards the Platypus as it's lighter when empty and more versatile depending on how you want to carry it.

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    Depends where / how long I'm going for but (in total) I have:

    2x NATO 58 Pattern bottles - my usual carry
    Platypus 2L stashable water bottle
    Karrimor 3L Sabre Tactical Hydration Pack - I have the yoke which can be used with the Sabre side pouches
    Various ss and alu water bottles - which can be used for foods too (you can also heat the contents next to fire)
    Millbank bag for filtration
    I always boil water on my hobo stove collected from non-sterile sources after filtration
    Last edited by Fletching; 07-02-2011 at 08:14 AM. Reason: added info, spelling

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    I don't have as many water bottles as knives, but I'm getting there.
    I have:
    2 Nalgene 1qt widemouth bottles
    2 20oz bike bottles
    1 Platypus 1L collapsible bottle
    1 Platypus 3L bladder with hose
    1 Camelback 100oz bladder with hose
    And a couple of other no-name 1qt polycarbonate bottles which leak around the cap.

    I can usually find clear water where I'm hiking so filtration (for particulate matter, not purification) is not an issue (gotta love the Adirondacks...) I purify with PA Plus iodine and clarifying tabs. For heating water for cooking, I have my MSR Titan titanium kettle or for a larger group, I have a 1qt ss pot with bail handle.

    P.S. I don't usually carry all of my bottles at once. Not unless I was doing a hike across some peaks where I knew I wouldn't have access to water for a day or two...
    Last edited by jbrown14; 07-02-2011 at 03:02 AM. Reason: Added the P.S. :)

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    For hikes I have a couple of ali water bottles. They are Sigg type from Decathlon. I also have a US canteen and cup that is useful if I want to boil some water. Its no heavier than the normal bottle and is a convenient carry.
    I've tried pouch type systems, but I find the water really tastes of plastic, and in the cold the pipe freezes up so you can't get a drink.
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    Not much in all honesty! - Bit of a budget water kit for me...

    I have a couple of black plastic NATO 58 Pattern bottles but will only ever carry one of them, in addition to that I'll often carry water or milk in Lucozade bottles, I strip the labels off to keep & re-use them. They are surprisingly durable and come in convenient sizes of 380ml, 500ml & 1L bottles.

    I prefer having 2-3 smaller bottles with me, I find it convenient for carrying in a coat pocket if I've established camp and I'm off for a walk leaving my camp & some kit behind. Also it's good to have multiple bottles for carrying un-purified/purified water.

    A lot of the time I rely on being able to find a clean source of water and then just boil, I've never had any water related illnesses.

    I think I will add a Millbank bag to my kit at some stage.
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    I have tons of water purification tablets at home but I never really use them when camping, I suppose I do carry them without realising as they weigh nothing I always keep 4 tablets in my first aid kit.

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    I usually would just drink from a clear stream in the highlands, Just got to watch out for the dead animal upstream...

    Trying to get a millbank bag for other trips but the only place that sells them is endicotts and it's in exeter...

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    Quote Originally Posted by comanighttrain View Post
    I usually would just drink from a clear stream in the highlands, Just got to watch out for the dead animal upstream...

    Trying to get a millbank bag for other trips but the only place that sells them is endicotts and it's in exeter...
    Phone 'em up. If they have some in stock, you'll get in a couple of days mate. The 'Super+' grade are like new.

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    Think I'll have to, seems a waste to ring em to send just one millbank bag...Will need to try and see if they have any other stuff that I "need"

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