Ever had to twist and reach to grab your water bottle? Ever had trouble slipping a canteen back into your pack without having to take the backpack off?
Hiking Tip: Use a bottle clip.
The green clip you see in the pictures fits snuggly around the necks of water or soda bottles. Look closely and you can see a thick black elastic, which keeps the container secure. I’ve hiked thousands of miles with this clip, and I love its convenience; my water hangs right from my pack belt, at my side.
In the PCT desert areas, I had four plastic water bottles clipped to my pack belt. For hikers who use a different hydration system, such as CamelBak, the clip may not be appealing, but I’ve seen even these folks carrying a spare bottle. I think most long-distance hikers go with plastic bottles to reduce pack weight. Other hikers may stick with canteens, or use wide mouth Nalgene bottles. Use whatever works for you, but a clip like this is light, inexpensive, easy, and convenient. That’s also true for the common plastic bottle.
I was able to order these “Quick Draw Bottle Clips” right off the internet. But now the site has disappeared. I did see them in a hiking store in New Hampshire. If anyone out there knows of a new web site, please alert me.