Walking is thirsty work especially on a hot sunny day when there is just one more hill to climb!
The importance of fluids
We all carry liquid of some form with us on our walks in a variety of containers, from thermos flasks of hot coffee to the 500ml plastic bottle of water that was conveniently bought from Tescos at the last minute,. It is a given that we want something to quench our thirst throughout the day on our walks.
Drinking liquids on our walks has a more essential point to it though than just quenching our thirst. Dehydration can happen easily without us realising as we plod along the miles. It might not be because it feels like a long walk, that tiredness and fatigue is draining away the enthusiasm and ability that we felt earlier. Losing as little as 2% of of our bodies water content can cause headaches, dizziness or effect our physical and mental performance.
The important of staying well hydrated cannot be overstated, not just on sunny days, but whenever on a longish walk. Drinking plenty will help to maintain peak performance and well being.
Now the next topic has to be – the container. There are many possibilities out there for carrying liquids, the worst one I think is the plastic bottle! It seems that some folk just grab a plastic bottle of water for convenience and stick it in their bag, and some – hopefully not many, discard them along the way when finished with. Even if the plastic bottle is used several times it still has a limited shelf life, ending up in the bin – hopefully the green one.
If you are a regular walker, here are some ways of carrying water that are more sustainable, durable, and in the end – better for your pocket and the environment.
For shorter day hikes – the Camelbak Eddy
The Camelbak Eddy is a hardy 0.75l water bottle that weighs 153g, ideal for a days walk or a longer stint when water sources are reasonably accessible. The eddy is 100% free from BPA and BPS, so there is not plastic taste and can be cleaned in the dishwasher. Drinking is simple just flip the spout, bite and suck. The internal straw reaches to the bottom of the bottle, so there is not even any need to tip the bottle up to drink.
The Camelbak Eddy is tough enough and durable enough to last you for years, a worthwhile investment.
For easy regular sips along the way – the Camelbak Crux
Some people like to take small sips of water regularly along their walk, which is probably a good way to maintain a regular fluid level. The best way to do this is a water reservoir, sitting neatly inside a backpack reservoirs have a drinking tube that runs along the shoulder strap, within easy reach a sip ( or even a glug) of water can be had while walking.
If you are off on a long walk needing plenty of water and can carry the weight, or if you are a runner/walker who needs less water but requires regular sips of water as you go, then a reservoir is ideal.
The Camelbak Crux water reservoirs range in size from 1.5 litres to 3 litres.Three litres is a lot of water and is pretty heavy! In a reservoir the weight sits in the centre of your back, which is better than in bottles in the side pockets.
The Camelbak Crux is the latest version of the famous Camelbak reservoirs, it offers 20% more water per sip, an on/off lever to ensure no leakage and an easy fill cap. The material is polyurethane with Hydroguard technology which inhibits the growth of bacteria in the reservoir and tube. The 1.5L weighs 200g, the 2L- 210g and the 3L- 235g.
For drinking from natural water sources – Water to go
As already stated water is heavy; in fact, it is probably the heaviest single item you will carry. When on a long walk were there are no regular ‘drinkable’ water sources this can be a problem – safe drinking water is essential. Often this means carrying a lot of water adding a considerable weight to your backpack, which is tiring.
The Water to Go drinking bottle is a 750ml water bottle weighing only 138g that contains its own water filter. The filter removes 99.9% of all Bacteria, Viruses, Chlorine,Fluoride and Heavy Metals, this means that the bottle can be refilled from any water source that is not saline. Any walk that passes a brook, stream, river or ditch – lake, pond, tarn or even a puddle offers a walker the opportunity to refill the Water to Go bottle.
The Water to Go bottle offers a constant water supply without having to carry a great weight of water for many miles, so long as there is some sort of natural water supply along the route. The bottle is BPA free, robust, tough plastic that will last a long time. Filters need replacing every 200 litres.
If you are a regular walker it worth investing in a good water container that will suit your walks or walking style.
All the above are available from e-outdoor at affordable prices