Nalgene Bottle and Cup

Unless you’ve just fallen through a hole in a lake while ice fishing, having enough water is one of your biggest concerns in an emergency situation. In the hot summertime weather that now is headed our way, this is even more true. It just makes sense to keep a bottle of water with you when you go out of the house to work or just run errands. Frankly, it is both more environmentally friendly and much cheaper to reuse the same 32oz Nalgene Water Bottle for years than to grab a soda or bottled water from the store, every time you get thirsty. Of all the water bottles I’ve had over the years, the Nalgene ones are the least likely to leak. I have wasted money on bottles that looked nice, but would dribble water all over your stuff if they were not kept upright. The other big advantage to the Nalgene is that the 32oz wide mouth is the standard size for a huge variety of accessories. Some of these seem to be made for entertainment value, but others are quite useful. It is much easier to use a water filter when balancing on a rock next to a stream, when the filter just screws right to the top of your water bottle, giving you one less piece to juggle.

Cup and Nalgene Stacked

Pairing your Nalgene bottle with the Olicamp Space Saver Cup makes a lot of sense, from the emergency preparedness perspective. Since it nests over the bottom of the bottle, the cup takes up almost no extra space when stored. Since it is made out of stainless steel, you can use it to boil water or heat up soup on a stove. If it came down to it, you could even cook in the cup over a fire. Plus, having one with you means you’ll never be without a stylish way to drink your tea or coffee. One nice trick is that you can use the cup to scoop up water that is too shallow for the Nalgene to easily reach, due to the angled shoulder on the bottle. I was on a backpacking trip one summer where an Olicamp cup would have really come in handy. The only trickle of water we could find for miles was just the remnant of a stream, making a shallow puddle at the base of a rock. Needless to say, filling a water bottle was a test of patience. For less than ten bucks, it opens up a lot of options.

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