Drink Up: Recommended Hydration Gear


Whether you’re displaced by an emergency or natural disaster or enjoying outdoor recreation, there’s no higher priority than potable water. You simply can’t live without it for very long. The same gear used by hikers, backpackers, off-road cyclists, and other adventurers could become essential in the event of an emergency. Here’s a look at some gear for transporting and filtering water, recommended by the B&H Outdoors Team.

For a weekend in the woods or an unplanned stay in the outdoors, the Katadyn Gravity Camp Filter (6.3 Quart) can save you the trouble of lugging large quantities of water. Fill the six-quart bag at a lake or stream and hang it upside down; the filter will produce up to 2.1 quarts of drinkable water per minute. With a separately sold attachment from Katadyn, you can use the system as a shower, too.

Katadyn Gravity Camp Filter

Hydration backpacks are popular with cyclists, hikers, and backpackers. It’s an easy way to carry water, and having a drinking tube saves you the trouble of reaching for a bottle. The CAMELBAK M.U.L.E. Bike Pack with 3L Reservoir (Charcoal/White) has a three-liter (100 fluid ounce) reservoir inside a nine-liter pack with room for a day’s essentials. A smaller option is the CAMELBAK FlashFlo LR Lumbar Pack (Lime Punch/Charcoal), with a 50-fluid-ounce bladder. It’s out of the way and easier on your upper back, too.

CAMELBAK FlashFlo LR Lumbar Pack

The Lifestraw Go Filtered Water Bottle represents the easiest category of instant filters available today. Scoop some water from a lake or stream, replace the cap, flip up the nozzle and drink. It removes 99.9% of bacteria and protozoa, has a charcoal filter to remove unpleasant tastes, and comes with a carabiner so you can hang it on your pack.

Lifestraw Go Filtered Water Bottle

For more information about how to use backcountry water, peek at the B&H Explora article about filtering systems, Water Purification & Filtration 101.

Stay hydrated! And tell us about your favorite ways to carry drinking water in the Comments section, below.