Water bladder size for use around camp?

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What size of water bladder for use in camp?

  • 2L

    Votes: 10 18.2%
  • 3L

    Votes: 9 16.4%
  • 4L

    Votes: 19 34.5%
  • 6L

    Votes: 6 10.9%
  • 8L

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 10L

    Votes: 11 20.0%

  • Total voters
    55
  • Poll closed .

Beer Monster

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Aug 25, 2004
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Thinking of investing in a durable (thinking along the lines of MSR Dromedary or Ortlieb type) water bladder for use in camp.

I was wondering what size to get though. For camp use (i.e. drinking, cooking, washing pots, washing body!) how much do people use per day (in a temperate environment)? I've categorised it into 2L, 3L, 4L, 6L, 8L and 10L as this appears to be the general sizing for water bladders.

If you were to do one trip to the river/spring/stream per day what size of bladder would you carry? I suppose its quite an individual thing but I'm torn between a 4L and 6L and need some one to tell me what to get?! Better to have to much than to little I suppose ......

Many thanks

P.S. Forgot to add that this is assuming that the water source is a little to far to make it convenient to walk to more than once a day ......... probably not a good choice of camp spot but a worst case scenario.
 
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Graham_S

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Feb 27, 2005
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I use a 4L MSR Dromedary, plus one or two 1L Nalgene bottles.
I have a MSR filter that screws onto them for filling.
I don't need more than that, in fact I usually only need the bottles, however, when I settle down for a couple of days, I fill up the bladder.
 

trekkingnut

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Jul 18, 2010
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really comes down to personal usage.... i am one of those freaks who can run around brecon all day and manage on half a litre of water no problem... then it also depends on what you cook etc....

youve just got to remember that you need to filter or boil whatever you are using i guess... so that is gonna impact on fuel and blah blah blah blah....

once they are rolled down i dont think there is really much difference in size is there?? so its better to have too much space than too little i guess....

i take drom lite 2ltr and 1ltr nalgene with me everywhere and have never used more than that.... between two of us in fact... but i would never camp anywhere that far from water i guess..... just more hassle to carry an extra 6KG!!!!!
 

Squidders

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Aug 3, 2004
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MSR Dromedary - big as I can get - if I don't need as much water, I don't fill it. It's much easier trying to get 5 litres into a 10L one than 5 litres into a 4L or 2L one.
 

shaggystu

Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)
Nov 10, 2003
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Derbyshire
MSR Dromedary - big as I can get - if I don't need as much water, I don't fill it. It's much easier trying to get 5 litres into a 10L one than 5 litres into a 4L or 2L one.

i couldn't agree more, i use a 10litre ortlieb water bladder but i hardly ever fill it right up, and i nearly always end up pouring some away at the end of the camp. spare water's always a good idea to my mind.

stuart
 

rik_uk3

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Jun 10, 2006
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really comes down to personal usage.... i am one of those freaks who can run around brecon all day and manage on half a litre of water no problem... then it also depends on what you cook etc....

Not a freak, you might get away with it for a day, try 500ml for longer periods; not good for you.

I use various water containers, these are very good, light and take up no space when empty and rolled up and the handles are strong enough for you to hang the bladder
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Gelert-Collap...229?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item3a60853ea5
 

trekkingnut

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Jul 18, 2010
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Not a freak, you might get away with it for a day, try 500ml for longer periods; not good for you.

I use various water containers, these are very good, light and take up no space when empty and rolled up and the handles are strong enough for you to hang the bladder
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Gelert-Collap...229?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item3a60853ea5

have tried it for extended periods in the uk and never really had any problems. working in the jungle as i do though i down water like theres no tomorrow!!! 4 liters wouldnt even come close to my daily intake! hahah
 

PREPER

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Dec 31, 2009
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Notts
I often take more than I need in case someone else is short or in case of an accident by the fire.

PREPER.......... :)
 

Teepee

Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)
Jan 15, 2010
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Northamptonshire
For the last few trips I've been using a 5L nylon stuffsack. I line it with a bin liner so it doesnt leak. This keeps me in water all day and night. I never camp without those 2 items any way so there is no point in carrying/buying extra. When I go home, the rubbish goes in the bag and my stuff sack gets used again.
 

Tilia

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Feb 3, 2011
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last view trips i had a 3L bag hanging from my hammock
this also fits in my backbag and in combi with 2 nato bottles (0.75L) i have 4.5L
 

Beer Monster

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Aug 25, 2004
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Many thanks guys. Food for thought. From the poll it seems as though the average is 4L. Still I think squidders and shaggystu have a point - options options options!
 
Nov 29, 2004
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I carry an 10 liter MSR Dromedary however I don't always fill it to the brim if I'm traveling, however if bringing water back to a fixed camp I would fill it up. :)
 
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chris_r

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Dec 28, 2008
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http://www.wiggle.co.uk/ortlieb-4-l...=google&utm_medium=base&utm_campaign=products

I use one of these for base camp Seems to be adequate for my needs
I had a slight problem with the original one which may well have been my own fault
Great service from Ortlieb They replaced it without question

I have one of those in black. I bought it because a mate took across Africa, Aisa and Australia over a couple of years, and it's still going strong. Good investment.
 

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