Staying hydrated is crucial when you’re on a serious hike. Essential for energy (and not stumbling dehydrated into a ravine), drinking water while you’re on the go is not to be overlooked.

Unfortunately, keeping yourself topped up can sometimes be a downright hassle. From scrabbling for your bottle hooked to the back of your bag, or digging into your pack to access it, to spilling water all over your face as you try to walk and drink at the same time – there are any number of inconveniences the hydrating hiker has to put up with. And then there’s the issue of how your water tastes – not to mention whether or not it’s been infused with plastics from your bottle.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. There are now all sorts of smart water bottles, perfect for hikers who want to stay fresh. To help reduce rummage, splashing and water which tastes like metal, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best water bottles out there…

 

1. Saloman Hydro Handset (around £30.00)

Saloman Hydro Handset

Probably one of the most unique hydrating contraptions out there, this innovative design is all about convenience. The whole thing wraps neatly around your hand, allowing you to take a sip at any moment, without needing to carry anything, or scrabble to find your water. Simply squeeze the 17 ounce flask to take a sip right there and then.

 

2. LifeStraw Go (around £50.00)

LifeStraw Go

This clever little beauty is perfect for longer hikes when you’re going to be near a water source. The smart filtration system cleans any water you collect (within reason!) through it’s 2 step filtration system (including an integrated straw). No need to carry litres with you, just top up and filter as you go.

 

3. Kleen Kanteen (around £20.00)

Kleen Kanteen Water Bottle

Totally BPA free (which means no nasty plastics in your drinking water), the Kleen Kanteen is affordable, lightweight and has a handy loop you can carry or strap to your belt or pack. It also features an easy access mouthpiece, which means far fewer spills as you slurp!

 

4. Platypus SoftBottle Water Bottle (around £15.00)

Platypus SoftBottle Water Bottle

Also free of nasty plastics, this soft water bottle from Platypus can also be folded up into virtual non-existence – crazily convenient when you have limited space in your pack. Available with a range of sizes and lid types based on your preference, you can find a completely packable water bottle which suits your needs perfectly. The bottle is drop-resistance with an hourglass shape which makes it comfy to carry.

 

Are you particular about your water bottles? What’s your preferred type? Have you ever become dehydrated on a hike? Have your say in the comments section.