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Staying hydrated while out in the field is crucial. It is not always easy especially during strenuous missions brought on by emergencies. Being able to purify water is imperative but if you address the issue and prepare ahead of time, you can fair much better in any emergency situation. We focus on emergency preparation scenarios but the same holds true during recreational activities. These activities include actual training for these SHTF situations. We need to train and train often in order to keep our skills sharp. Having an ample water supply keeps the focus on the mission at hand.
It’s no secret that my dogs are with me whenever it is possible. Many of our NTC Members also have dogs. When we go on our outings such as hikes and treks, our furry best friends are usually by our side. Since our dogs rely on us for their food and water needs, we need to be prepared for the additional strain on our water supply. I always have my water purification systems on me while in the field. However, if I am out there working on a specific task, the last thing that I want to do is go through the side-tracking process of purifying water. It’s fine when I have to but if my water supply is ample from the get go I can focus on other tasks or just gain more time to spend enjoying nature. I have various containers to carry my water but one of my preferred devices is the Camelbak Military Issued Reservoir.
I became familiar with Camelbak years ago when I was mountain biking on a consistent basis. Camelback was marketing to cyclists and my buddies and I pick up Camelbak hydrations packs. We liked them, they were made of quality construction and filled a great niche that we needed during lengthy rides on the trails. When I came across the military issue version of the water bladder, I knew that I had to have one. I use my Camelback Reservoir in various packs and kits that I own. I even ran the NYC Marathon wearing one of my packs with the Camelbak bladder inside to keep me hydrated during the event.
SPECS ON THE CAMELBACK WATER RESERVOIR:
- U.S. Military Issue
- Works with many styles of backpacks
- Item Dimensions 5 x 18 x 19 inches
- Weight empty 0.65lbs
- Weight filled with water approx. 7lbs.
- Capacity: 100 oz (3 liters)
- Dimensions: 18.0 in x 7.37 in
- Insulated delivery tube
- Quick Disconnect Hydrolink
- Hydrolink Port Plug
- Hydrolink Big Bite Valve
- Weight w/ components: 7.6 oz
- Model: 90352
- Shipping Weight: 0.50 lb / 0.23 kg
The Camelbak Water Reservoir fits a great niche for me. You need to decide if adding over 7lbs (completely topped off with H2o) to your kit for your water supply is worth it. If it is, then this Camelback may be a great addition to your survival gear.
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