Good old water; so delicious, so refreshing, so wet. Adventures of any proportion, from a morning at a new museum to a camp-out in Death Valley, are a lost cause without it.
When putting gear together for a BlinkPack trip, I always packed a large Nalgene bottle filled with water — until recently. I experienced a few frustrations with the large Lexan cylinder:
- A reusable bottle is bulky, taking too much real estate in my backpack.
- A filled Nalgene bottle adds a chunk of weight to a backpack that will be aboard my shoulders for most of the day.
- Because Nalgene bottles are expensive, I feel the need to keep track of it.
A solution that works well is to buy a bottle of Dasani water. I think bottled water is a ripoff, but the container itself is a worthy gear purchase at a buck fifty. Yes, any resealable, disposable bottle of water will do, but the Dasani bottle has a nice cone shape that wedges easily between a full backpack’s contents. For most urban adventures, a Dasani bottle is enough sustenance to get its owner to the next water fountain. The package’s pointy opening is often easier to refill at a water fountain than a wide-topped reusable container, and it is not a huge loss if it is left behind on the metro.