Has anyone tried making their own make-shift Hydrapack? Over the years of trekking I have never owned a Hydrapack. So, before investing on something, and for some fun-n-learn part of it, I would like to make myself a Hydrapack. What are the basic things that I need, and how to go about it? I first had a thought of making it out of Blood-bags or Urine bags that are used in hospitals.

I have always tried to make things for fun. Like I made my own Headlamp using power LEDs and a cheap circuit, which honestly works as good as a Petzl lamp. That urge to use make-my-own-gear products really has made me understand the product more and repair/make-shift them in case of emergencies. I have made a swiss-knife out of something as well, that's the point: Fun-n-make.

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    Considering I can by one for less than a couple of cups of coffee I'd rather not rely for hydration on something that might break when I need it.
    – Rory Alsop
    Nov 26 '13 at 11:41
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    @RoryAlsop I think Weda was more inclined towards fun-n-learn part of making a hydrapack than using it in critical situations. Nov 26 '13 at 13:28
  • @RoryAlsop: Agree sir, But like I said, I first had a thought of using Urine bag or Blood bag. True it wont carry much of water/fluid. But if I can make something which could carry a couple of litres then it would be so much fun.
    – WedaPashi
    Nov 26 '13 at 13:30
  • I think it could be a fun project and have upvoted you... but I still would not use one in real life:-)
    – Rory Alsop
    Nov 26 '13 at 15:15
  • @RoryAlsop: Indeed, I won't seriously take it on a hike either. But, I would love to take one such thing for something like a little photography session, not lasting for more than a couple of hours. I can afford a real hydrapack of course, but as I said, the fun part! I believe you must have gone through this phase in your life as well when you try to engineer things out of something!
    – WedaPashi
    Nov 26 '13 at 16:11

There was a TV show called SAS Survival Secrets a few years back and one of the guys carried a regular condom in his emergency pack and showed how he could use it as an emergency hydration pack/bottle. I think he was able to put about 2L of water in it.

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    More importantly, does it blend?
    – Wills
    Oct 13 '14 at 17:09

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