All About Water for DAY HIKING – What I Pack, Why, and More *super important* (hiking essentials)


When it comes to hiking essentials, water is one of the items top on the list! In this video, we dive deep into all things water for day hikers. We cover why water is so important, what gear I pack, why, and so much more. Hiking preparation is so important, so whether you’re experienced or a total beginner hiker, this video is packed with practical hiking tips. See below for more info…

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  • What are the key takeaways you got from this video? Comment below! ⬇️

  • You don't have to stop, just pull it out of the side pocket.

  • Good job on stressing having the ability to filter additional water if you need it. You can never have enough water on you.

  • Thank u for this information..Heading to sedona next month.

  • I day hike in desert environments with no water sources at all, I bring a full bladder and two water bottles and hope I don’t get lost. The concept of getting water on the trail sounds like a crazy dream!

  • For the water filter.. how long does it last? As far as like after so much time they don’t filter as well anymore or what not.. thanks! #wannabecamperhere

  • I just ordered three items 😆 headlamp, a water reservoir, and the Sawyer filtration. Thanks!

  • This was very helpful. I have a condition called POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome) in which the best way to manage is with electrolytes. This just made my day. I never had them before and I was just going to go buy some tomorrow. Now I know what to look for.

  • Really good tips! We need water for our desert hikes too… https://youtu.be/SFEB47ODj3Q

  • Very informative. Thanks for your enthusiasm in helping people have a good experience.

  • Great tips and info! Big like and new subscribe from your friend here 👍

  • Great info. How much water do you consume (per mile) on a moderate hike?

    We're doing a 7-miler this weekend, and are taking 4 liters for both of us. Is that enough for a 3+ hour trip?

  • I love my day hike backpack cuz it has a little insulation in it so it keeps the water bladder colder longer. I like to stick a couple ice cubes in my water if I can before I leave for the day if it’s a warm day. I’ve used the water in the bladder even to wet my cooling neck kerchief so it keeps me cool. I love the sawyer squeeze too. Easy to carry. Good idea to have something to replace electrolytes as well. So I usually bring a snack that includes some kind of fruit and some sort of salt. Often it’s a squeeze tube of apple sauce and beef jerky and trail mix. For a longer day I might bring canned fish and crackers. Always keep a ziplock to put the trash in and zip lock with wipes to clean up with too.

  • I use a bladder but it has a disadvantage. I cannot see how much water I have used without stopping and checking out the bag. I have thought about switching to a couple 2L bottles so I can see my water usage. What are your thoughts?

  • I just took my 6yo hiking for the first time and the 3 bottles I brung did not feel like enough. We are beginners and hiked 6 miles with a group

  • I love how diligent you are. Very helpful advice, thank you!

  • Bring more water than you think you’ll need

  • Great information thanks for being awesome

    Joe from California

  • My take away is better water backups I only bring bottles as bladders leak a lot in my experience

  • Yep got to have water even though it a short hike I alway carry two bottle of the Gatorade in a 30 minutes to 1 hour hike 😄

  • I love your videos! They are always straight to the point and compact. I am doing a cross country trip in April and can't wait!

  • Not sure if someone has said this yet, but you should consider getting a CNOC 2 liter Vector bladder to replace your sawyer water "bag". It's SO much easier to fill up from various water sources than the standard bag it comes with and has the 28mm thread for your sawyer filter. They also make the bag in a 42mm thread for the katadyn befree filter. I'm really digging the platypus filter that just came out! It has a lot more flexibility and a great flow rate (although the sawyer is a classic I've used for years).

  • where did you get your adapter for the tubing on your reservoir? Great information

  • Good video again, I read somewhere that 2% dehydration = 20% performance drop. I find I hike better with a hydration pack than water bottle, but I take both in case hydration pack leaks. I generally get thru 1.5 litres on a day hike in UK, but in summer that doubles to 3 liters. Pee colour of course is good guide to hydration status

  • That’s the last thing I would ever Carry!

  • I definitely use my Sawyer for backpacking. But I have started using my Grayl GeoPress for day hiking. It's simple and kind of fun to use.

  • It's interesting to read the difference in requirements according to the environment. I'm in Scotland and we're never far from a water source, hypothermia is a bigger risk than dehydration here. Rescue teams are out regularly to help ill prepared hikers who've decided to climb Ben Nevis in shorts and a pair of trainers. 🤦🏻‍♀️ Our weather changes so quickly and tourists are forever getting lost in the mist or the snow and need rescued.

  • I highly recommend swapping your dirty water bag to a Cnoc, way easier to fill and much more durable.

  • I love my Sawyer squeeze but I hate those bags it comes with. I switched to using the cnoc dirty water bag and it’s screws right onto the Sawyer squeeze!

  • Nah. Bladder hard to clean, hard to fill in the pack with a filter, hard to know how much water you have left. With respect, I'll stick with disposable water bottles.

  • As an experienced hiker, i have 3 points to add to your advices. 1st when you use a water bladder always have an half liter bottle filled of water with you. Because with water bladder you never know how much water you have left. And is probably the water will be end without ecpecting it. 2nd remove the air from water bladder. Fits easily in the backpack. 3rd many companys make water filters for the bladders. So no need to have an extra item. Have a great hikes..

  • Yes please to the electrolyte video!

  • Hi, couple things. We just started carrying water filtration systems on the trail with us for the past year (when we started backpacking, we also started carrying a water kit on day hikes). When we first started, we filtered (sawyer) and then also did the purification tablets, but those take 4 hours to process. Now we've realized that most people we are meeting out on the trail as well as influencers like you are relying on filtration only and just carrying the purification tablets for back-up. Opinion/advice? Second: from an earlier video of yours, I had bought the Nuun tablets, but they weren't on my checklist once recently and I forgot them (have since added them to my checklist). We found ourselves struggling (foggy thinking, slurred speech, loss of appetite/nausea). We were hiking in hotter weather than we're used to that day plus the trail had problems (washouts, etc.) for added stress. We had plenty of water but recognized that part of the problem was loss of salts/minerals. We ended up sucking on beef jerky for the salts and spitting it out (carried out) since we weren't able to eat at the time. I have never forgotten the Nuun tablets since!!!! Third: you emphasized that each person is responsible for themselves, and that is true. However, if you are hiking with someone who is ill prepared or has forgotten something, then that puts you in danger, too. For example, if you had enough water for yourself but then your hiking partner ran out, you'd have to share yours, putting you both at risk. So I consider part of my own safety routine to check in with my hiking partner to make sure they have the essentials before the trip and also at the trailhead (e.g. forgot in the car?) to ward off any problems.

  • I don't use a bladder system, but I do carry 2.25 liters with me in bottles. Drinking bottle on the left sidie, reserve bottle on the right, plus one .5 liter bottle in the mesh pocket. I'm not a "speed hiker", so I don't mind stopping a minute or two for a drink. Don't have a filter (yet), but I do have a small pot and alcohol burner so I can boil more water if I need to.

  • Love your video, thanks for publishing it. People need to know these things. Just to share, here is my take: I used a water bladder for years, but switched to a water bottle system with 2-4 bottles of .7 to 1 liter of water each. They are stored on pockets I can reach without taking off my pack, so I can drink "on the go". The main reason I switched is because of the inability to quickly assess my water level when I cross a stream. I would have no idea if I needed to stop and filter water. Also the water bottles are easier to clean so I can use water additives in them (Gatorade, Noom, etc.) without worrying about gunking up the components.

    Also, you want to remember you can only absorb so much water, about 1 cup every 20 minutes. If you drink more than that, you end up having to urinate more frequently. About 1 cup every 20 minutes is the norm. So about 5 good swigs every 20 minutes from your bladder to keep you hydrated.

    Those bags from the Sawyer Squeeze are the WORST, in my opinion. I carry a 1.5 gallon gravity filter bladder (that can double as a carry bladder and even a drinking bladder in a pinch). Usually it is empty until I want to filter. I just hang it from a tree full with my filter (I also use the Sawyer filter) in line and then fill my bottles while I'm taking a break. That way all the water in my bottles is clean and I don't have to try and remember which ones I used as a dirty the day before on a multi day hike. The bladder is my "dirty" and I can use any/all of my bottles because they are always filtered.

    I too love to carry my filter, even on day hikes. Less because of my water getting warm and less pleasant, but because of the WEIGHT of water. If I'm in an area where I can resupply frequently, I have to carry less water. My bladder was 3 liters (6.6 lbs) where my normal day hike is about 1.4 ( ~3.1 lbs). That a significant reduction in weight. If I need more for a short period, I can use my gravity bag to carry 1.5 gallons. I usually only use that at camp, however. I'll fill it when I get to camp and use it for dinner and breakfast and topping off in the morning. (Obviously I'm not talking about day hikes!)

  • You can attach your sawyer to a smart water bottle.

  • Water is heavy and you should filter it if you get your water from an open-source. GREAT video.

  • I'd like to highlight that everyone hiking should be reminded to be autonomous!

  • This is crucial information..thanks for the reminder. 👍🏻 Also important to remember that the ability to make fire is also a backup ‘water purifier’. I know everybody likes plastic water bottles but everyone should consider a small titanium/stainless steel bottle as a second option (it doesn’t have to be the massive one, just something small) so you can boil water in a fire if necessary. If you are unexpectedly overnighting in the backcountry, fire will be just as crucial as water. So a small fire starter either home made or something you buy is a fraction of an ounce and ‘kills two birds with one stone.” Wishing everyone safe and happy trails. 🔥🪵🌿🧸⛰🌻

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  • I have 2 other brands for hiking, using them intermittently, because it is not only good when you are in the wilderness. Once in a while I ran out of water on a day trip on the way home, so I just get a bottle or 2 filled up with tap water (which I NEVER drink, no matter where I am..) somewhere at a gas station, and all is good, thanks to the water filtration. One is always in my vehicle, one always in my hiking pack. On longer trips I take both with me, better safe than sorry, right?

  • I use a CNOC dirty bag with a Sawyer Squeeze. My first aid kit has water purifier tablets and electrolyte pills.

  • Fun tip, you can find cute hydration backpacks on rave/festival gear sites! Like i heart raves

  • I always try to carry the 10 essentials every time I hike food, water(sawyer mini is my preferred system), insulation, shelter, navigation, fire, headlamp, sun protection, first aid, and multi-tool.

  • Great idea, thank you. I day hike and truly never thought of this.

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