How to Use a CamelBak

How to Use a CamelBak
CamelBak's are excellent for hiking. Rather than carrying a large water bottle or canteen, you can simply have a CamelBak strapped across your back. In addition to making it easier to carry water, some hikers find that it increases their water consumption due to the simple fact that you don't have to stop and unscrew a cap to get a drink. Simply reach up and grab the straw to get a sip of water when you need it.


Difficulty: Easy

Filling and Use

Things You’ll Need:
  • CamelBak
  • Water
  • Hot water for rinsing
  • Bleach for cleaning
  • Paper towel for drying
Step 1
Unzip the outer backpack portion of the CamelBak and remove the inner bladder.
Step 2
Unscrew the top and fill it with water. You can even place ice cubes through the top to keep the water cool.
Step 3
Screw the top back on and place bladder back inside the outer backpack portion and position the tube straw in the location you prefer for easiest access and clip in place.
Step 4
Put the CamelBak on. CamelBak's are generally worn on the back although some people prefer to wear them on the front. If it is worn on the back, the straw will come down over your shoulder for easy access.
Step 5
Bite down on the bite valve and drink from the straw.


Step 1
Rinse out the Camelbak with hot water after every use.
Step 2
Add 1 tsp. of bleach to a full bladder for a thorough cleaning.
Step 3
Rinse the bladder thoroughly with hot water.
Step 4
Dry the bladder with a wadded up paper towel. Prop it open to allow to any remaining water to air dry.

Tips & Warnings

If your CamelBak smells or tastes funny, mix 1 tsp. of baking soda in a full bladder of water and leave it overnight.

Article Written By Shiromi Nassreen

Shiromi Nassreen has been writing professionally since 2005. She specializes in travel and outdoor topics, and her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including "DISfunkshion Magazine" and Matador Travel. Nassreen holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies from Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama.

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