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What are the advantages and disadvantages of water bottles versus bladders?

Some advice given to me in an outdoor leadership course: As a leader, use water bottles rather than bladders. Make an obvious show of the pausing and drinking: stopping, taking off the pack, getting ...
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Reusing disposable water bottles vs. buying dedicated bottles

A reasonable compromise is any pop bottle -- one designed for carbonated beverages. They are several times as strong as the water bottles. I've never managed to break one. I have a polyethylene ...
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Can a person picky about water taste use a hydration bladder?

I'm pretty picky about the taste of my water, I grew up high enough in the mountains that our tap water wasn't chemically treated, they simply filtered the spring water coming out of the mountains, ...
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How often should I clean my water bladder/reservoir while on a thru-hike, extended backpacking trip, or survival scenario?

On a trip where you are constantly using a bladder or water bottle where it's not sitting around, I would limit the cleaning to filling it up and then dumping it once before refilling. Mould takes ...
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Reusing disposable water bottles vs. buying dedicated bottles

I reuse "single-use" plastic bottles many, many times. Generally, they do not break. The big advantage of many outdoor-use plastic bottles, however, is that the lid remains tethered to the bottle. So,...
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Reusing disposable water bottles vs. buying dedicated bottles

This answer may not be the answer you're looking for, nor related to the outdoors, but Do not reuse PET bottles PET is a very porous type of plastic and it may become more porous with each use. The ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of water bottles versus bladders?

The main advantage of a water bladder is that it's easy to drink from. You can take frequent small sips without interrupting your activity. If tend to forget to drink enough water while exercising, ...
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Can a person picky about water taste use a hydration bladder?

I've found lemon juice and baking soda works quite well. I've also found that different brands of bladders have more or less plastic taste to them. If all else fails you could look into using a ...
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How to estimate remaining water in a hydration bladder?

This is a known downside with water bladders. In my opinion it's the largest downside of a water bladder compared to a water bottle. You don't know you're running low on water until you're completely ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of water bottles versus bladders?

One advantage to bladders that hasn't been mentioned yet: the less water they contain, the less space they take up in your pack. A 1L bottle takes up 1L of space whether it's full, half full, or empty....
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UK blanket bog peatland water - safe to drink?

EDITED TO ADD: Please also read the other answer by cbeleites unhappy with SX about the risk of heavy metal contamination. The information in my original answer (below) is still accurate regarding ...
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Why do hydration bladders top out at 3 liters?

It's all about weight. Water has a density of 1kg/L. Thus 3L is 3kg or about 6.6 pounds. That's equivalent to a brick on each shoulder when placed inside your pack. That's really not that much, ...
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Reusing disposable water bottles vs. buying dedicated bottles

So far, I've always used PET bottles, and they never failed during a hike. Replaced them after each tour for hygienical reasons, but that's it. The primary reason I prefer them over my Nalgenes is ...
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Reusing disposable water bottles vs. buying dedicated bottles

The problem with using the cheap bottles is that if they break, you can be in serious trouble. A quick price check says that 32 oz nalgenes go for around 10 bucks and 2 liter hydration bladders for ...
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How can I effectively clean the "bite valve" for my water bladder?

Ok so I've not had mine too long but this is what I do - bear in mind I'm not 100% sure what kind of the many moulds that is but I'd say it's probably not pleasant. Vinegar should kill the mould. ...
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Adding extra hydration to a CamelBak backpack

Looking at the product, I don't quite comprehend why it would seem difficult to add a second reservoir, unless you aren't talking about a second hydration pack itself. I think I trek around in ...
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How often should I clean my water bladder/reservoir while on a thru-hike, extended backpacking trip, or survival scenario?

Ideal Conditions If you try to grow mold or fungus (think: mushrooms), you will find that it generally takes at least 7 days under near-ideal conditions for a spore to reproduce to the point where it'...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of water bottles versus bladders?

I'm not a big fan of bladders myself but use them at times. The main reason is that I find it hard to drink enough - although they're hands free, the flow is too low to get enough if a rare quick ...
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Can a person picky about water taste use a hydration bladder?

I usually store my* Platypus empty, and don't fill it until I'm about to leave, in order to minimise the length of time that the water's sitting in it before I use it; I find that waiting until as ...
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Can a person picky about water taste use a hydration bladder?

Most hydration bags, including CamelBak, are made from polyurethane. Even if you clean them well before using, they may impart a "plasticky" aftertaste or smell. Platypus bladders are made from Nylon/...
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How can I effectively clean the "bite valve" for my water bladder?

Is this likely to be a health issue? No, it is very unlikely to cause ant health issues. This isn't mold, it's mildew. Mold should not be able to grow on silicone (the material of the outer sheath of ...
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How can I effectively clean the "bite valve" for my water bladder?

There are cleaning tablets. If you are lax on cleaning / drying that might not be the only mold. They sell a cleaning kit. instructions CLEANING WITH THE HYDRAULICS™ CLEANING TABLETS Fill reservoir ...
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Why do hydration bladders top out at 3 liters?

Hydration bladders and dromedaries serve two slightly different purposes, Hydration bladders are for each individual to carry. Dromedaries are for carrying water for more than one person. A single ...
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How to estimate remaining water in a hydration bladder?

The few times I have cared how much I have left I could get a decent feel for it by running my hand between the bladder and the partition that separates the bladder from the rest of the pack. It's ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of water bottles versus bladders?

After a small intermezzo using hydration bladders, I have been using bottles exclusively for the last few years. There is two events that caused me to abandon hydration bladders: Water leaking into ...
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UK blanket bog peatland water - safe to drink?

Peatland/bog water has lots of humic acids. They lower pH (see also @SherwoodBotsford's answer), and they are chelating agents. Both low pH and chelating mean that they tend to mobilize heavy metal ...
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Where do I get a hydration bladder pump?

Flip the script. Multiple companies market pressurized hydration bladders. There's an inner partition in the bladder, they come with a small air pump that pressurizes that side of the bladder. Not ...
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Fittings to connect together two hydration bladders

I can imagine that there's nothing of the shelf available but this is nothing a little DIY can't fix. Go to your local hardware or pet supply store and find a small aquarium hose T or Y fitting that ...
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