The Only Thing You Need to Avoid Summer Dehydration

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Your summer schedule probably includes a lot of camping trips, hikes, and concerts. When you're spending tons of time outdoors, sweating out all of your electrolytes, you must remember to stay hydrated.

A Camelbak is a pretty easy way to do that. Load the two-liter bladder up with water (or whatever liquid you please), strap it on your back, and you're ready to go. This particular model fits up to two liters, as well as tons of storage space for the other things you want to bring along. In fact, last year, I bought one of my own before going to a music festival. It was the middle of July, it was blazing hot, and this portable water fountain was my best friend. Because it's a lot easier to wear a Camelbak than to tote around a plastic water bottle, and it will leave your hands free to throw up in the air when you're rocking out at a show. [Camelbak]

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I am actually moving away from using my water bladder for anything other than water storage. Its a great way to carry extra water but its never fun to drink on the move when you are breathing hard. Even if you aren't breathing that hard trying to drink when moving at any decent pace interrupts your breathing and will make you breathe hard. Better to stop drink your water then get back on the move. Its a good excuse for a quick 30 second break that you can use to hydrate check your location.

Also no matter what one you get the nozzle eventually leaks. I get sick of having a wet patch on whatever side I have put the bladder.

Also there are loads of companies making these now. Some of them are even better than camelbaks especially when it comes to getting the carriers/packs. The Camelbaks might be really good bladders but the packs are only average and overpriced. I picked up one in costco years ago for a fraction of the price of a camelbak the bladder was ok but the pack that came with it is brilliant.