Published: July 30, 2018

    Summer Camping – Water Hacks

    In our ever-mechanized world there is nothing quite as tranquil as leaving the glowing devices and metal grids of the city behind to unwind and reconnect with nature in the great outdoors. Summer camping is the perfect activity to teach your children about the slower, quieter moments in life. Even if you don’t have kids of your own waking up by a babbling brook under a lush tree canopy is a welcome reprieve from the daily grind.

    But when you’re going back to basics you are also sacrificing many modern conveniences. There is no tap water on the trail, nor is there a convenient water filter system hooked up to your water line. Stay hydrated and clean by following these helpful water hacks when summer camping.

    Properly Pack Your Cooler

    Make your ice last several days by packing it properly. Don’t grab a plastic cooler that’s been out on the patio in the hot sun and begin loading in cold items. Pre-chill the cooler by filling it with ice and storing it in a cool, dark place for a few hours before you load in drinks and food items. If your beverages and snacks are pre-cooled as well your cooler will be able to preserve their ice-cold quality for several days.

    Try to keep a rough 2-1 ratio of ice to products in order to effectively cool all items, and keep your cooler out of the sun once you arrive at your campsite.

    Avoid Heavy Water Containers

    If you are driving to your campsite you can afford to pack large containers of water in your trunk, but for those backpacking water is the most important and difficult resource to allot and carry. Make your pack weigh less by opting for a “bladder” or water reservoir product that allows you to carry water in a sack-like container that is durable and lightweight. Enormous plastic drums are too heavy for camping and contribute to plastic waste.

    If you have a central water container at your campsite but need to fill up for hikes, pack a reusable stainless steel bottle that you can easily fill before you hit the trail.

    Reduce Water Use for Hygiene

    To avoid packing your entire home you will need to take advantage of the nature in your area to bathe and maintain your personal hygiene. If you can locate a river or stream that is secluded near your campsite use this water source and biodegradable soap to bathe. Don’t use shampoo, but get the excess dirt and oil off your body. If you do decide to bathe elsewhere, ensure you are 200 feet away from your campsite and any water sources, and only use biodegradable hygiene products.

    Pack hand sanitizer to clean your hands before cooking and eating. This way, you will only need to allot a small amount of water for brushing your teeth twice a day.

    Bring Water Purifiers

    You should always have a backup method of purifying water in case you run out or cannot afford to bring a water filter. Iodine tablets are a quick and easy option, but keep in mind that they affect the taste of the water and typically expire six months after the container has been open. If you have the necessary equipment at your campsite you can also boil the water. Just note that this will take a considerable amount of time, as you will have to wait for the water to cool.

    Follow these guidelines to stay cool, clean, and hydrated while staking your claim across the wilderness this summer.