Day 7: Remembering to Stay Hydrated

This is Day 7 of the 31 day series on “How backpacking has enriched my daily life.” I expected lightweight backpacking to be a hobby. Instead it has transformed me for the better.

For years I’ve struggled with remembering to drink eight glasses of water a day. I function so much better hydrated and yet I was still inconsistent with drinking enough. The problem was finding an easy way to track my water consumption. Eight glasses spread out over the day is hard to visualize.

That’s when a solution popped up, all thanks to backpacking. Backpacking got me into using a 1 liter Nalgene. Instead of tracking eight glasses a day, my goal now is to drink 1 liter Nalgene before noon, refill it, then drink another liter before bed. It’s so much simpler this way!

Back in June I started weighing the contents of my backpack. I use to hike with a Nalgene water bottle even though I knew it was unnecessarily heavy. Fueled by the need to beat my boyfriend at who has the lightest base weight (that’s the weight of your backpack, plus its contents minus food and water), I started obsessively looking for a lighter water bottle. 

After more research than I want to admit, I found that Fiji, Neo, and Platypus brand water bottles all fit my criteria for being BPA free, lightweight, 1 liter water bottles. 

Now you know how a Nalgene helped me get my life back on track. I can’t think of anything more important than water. As a former coworker put it, “Water is life. If you don’t drink, you die.”

More backpacking fueled insights

For the entire month of October I’ll be daily posting about, “How backpacking has enriched my daily life.” Go here to see the Table of Contents.

Yesterday’s post was I Don’t Think I Look Dorky

I’ll see you tomorrow!

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