Hydration Pack Information

Dehydration is a dangerous condition. When you are out and about being physically active make sure that the daypack you take with you contains a sufficient amount of water to account for the heat of the day as well as the physical exertion.

Bottles of water can be cumbersome and difficult in your travel pack. Sometimes they leak, get buried under other items or left behind at rest stops. If this is an issue that you’re encountering maybe it is time to consider using an hydration pack instead of your regular hiking backpack. Hydration packs are generally small to medium sized backpacks, daypacks or waistpacks with the difference being that they have inbuilt hydration capability containing a reservoir or “bladder” commonly made of rubber or flexible plastic. There is a  bite valve at the end of the plastic to release the water and it can be conveniently slung over the shoulder so the wearer can access water without needing to take off the pack.

Anyone can use a hydration pack. There are styles, sizes and weights to suit all different types of activities.

You may consider using one of these special travel packs if you:

-          Hike/Bushwalk

-          Birdwatch

-          Run

-          Cycle

-          Hunt

-          Rock climb

-          Ski/Snowboard

Hydration packs need not be limited to extreme sports though; they’re just as useful in preventing dehydration in other forms of activity such as shopping about at a local market or sightseeing! To see our extensive range of  hydration packs click here.

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Beginners Guide To Packing A Rucksack

Rucksacks provide a great way of carrying your gear especially when you are venturing off the beaten track but if it’s your first time packing one you may be wondering how to do it. So, we here at leisureGear decided to list some handy rucksack packing tips which should help you when you’re out and about and need to access your things effortlessly.

Waterproofing

There are some things that absolutely must stay dry in case you encounter some wet weather or fall in a stream. Things like your clothes, sleeping mat and sleeping bag need to be kept dry for your comfort. There are various waterproof packs on the market. We like  Blackwolf’s Aqua Himal Dry Pack. It’s made from heavy duty, waterproof nylon and features a spacious 28 litre watertight main compartment.

Sleeping Gear

Put your sleeping gear into the pack first and push it down to the bottom, if you have a larger sleeping mat you might want to think about attaching it to the outside of the rucksack.

Clothes As Space Fillers

Fill the spaces around the mat and sleeping bag with your clothes. Push them into the spaces and just keep something warm at the top of the rucksack in case you get cold.

Cooking Items

The rule is generally to pack the heavier items against your back to make the rucksack easier to carry because of the positioning of the weight.

Always Have Access To Water

Keep a hydro bladder or better still a LifeStraw in your rucksack. The bladder is easier than a bottle because they don’t take up much space when they are empty. LifeStraws enable you to filtrate water wherever you go ensuring access to safe drinking water.

Place most of your water at your back and close to the top of the rucksack.

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Everything Else

Pack this around the water but away from your back except for any items such as tins.

Put your tent on top because this is the first thing that you are going to need when you get to camp and start to set up for the night. It is also simple to remove during the day if you need to access the food or water.

Rucksack Compartments

This is where you pack things like:

-          First aid kit

-          Raincoat

-          Toiletries

-          Tools

-          Electronics

-          Accessories

-          and anything else!