What Size Hydration Pack to Choose

If you are ready to choose a new hydration pack, there are many things to consider before you make your decision. In our last blog post, we talked about the hydration pack options available to you depending on what you want to use yours for. Today, we would like to share more about choosing a hydration pack that can hold as much water as you need it to without going overboard. Of course, you want to be sure that you choose one that isn’t too small, as you’ll run out of water on your adventure. On the other hand, you don’t want to have too much to the point where it slows you down and you don’t use most of it.

Choosing Capacity

Water is not light, so it’s important to really consider how much you will need, as well as the likelihood that you will be able to refill your pack along the way. Of course, there is no requirement saying that you have to fill your reservoir up entirely every time that you use it. You will only want to bring along as much as you think you will need. Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to the capacity of your reservoir:

  • Half a liter or less: These packs are usually waist packs and contain one or two water bottles. We have found that these are best for light walking and running.
  • Under two liters: These are a great choice for minimalists, kids, and or any short-distance hikers, runners, and cyclists.
  • Two liters: These packs are popular because they offer both a reasonable weight while still holding a sufficient amount of water. This means that most situations won’t require many refills if any.
  • Three liters or more: If stopping to refill is going to get in the way of your plans, then this might be the best choice. This is also an ideal choice for anyone who is going to explore an area where water is scarce and will need to have a lot on hand from the beginning of the trip.

Gear Capacity

With the size of your reservoir in mind, you will also need to choose the right size hydration pack to hold the reservoir securely. If you are going to need more space to hold items other than your reservoir, keep that in mind as you make your selection. Run through a mental list of everything you need to carry for your adventure. Will the pack you are considering hold all your snacks? What about your jacket? Keep the following in mind:

  • 5 liters or fewer: These small packs were designed for light or short activity, such as running, biking, or light hiking. This small pack should just hold essentials, like one extra layer, a protein bar, and your keys.
  • 6 liters to 10 liters: These packs were made for those who enjoy trail running or mountain biking. There should be enough space for an extra layer or two, as well as your food for the day and a camera.
  • 11 liters to 20 liters: These packs are more midsize, and they are perfect for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking. Usually, they come with more pockets because you will need to be more organized. You should have enough space for extra clothes, food, emergency supplies, and any extra gear you might need.
  • 21 liters or more: If you need this much water in your hydration pack, you are likely going on a longer hike. These will have enough room and load-support features to help you travel with ease on your hike. Some are even large enough for you to have some overnight adventures!

Shop Infuze!

Once you find your ideal hydration pack size and get everything all set up, it’s time to plan for the little details. Are you going to be happy with just plain water the entire time, or are you looking for a natural water enhancer that will add some flavor to your water? Infuze offers filters that allow you to control exactly how much flavor goes into every sip. With backflow prevention technology, your hydration pack will stay clean with no issues. Shop now for yours!