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Five Best Camping Jugs For Your Outdoor Refreshments and Rehydration

Updated on October 11, 2010

Among the things you must never ever forget on your list of things to bring for your camping trip is water or substitute beverages for hydration. Water remains as the most important substance for our survival. Now, if that statement isn’t enough, you may just ask, “how important is ‘important’?”

For men, water makes up about 60 percent of the body. For women, it’s about 55 percent – still that’s more than half the whole body. For the stats, water comprises 95 percent of our brain, 90 percent of our lungs, 82 percent of our blood, and about 22 percent of our bones. In short, our vital parts are mostly composed of water. That’s how important water is. Imagine how being dehydrated could affect these parts! In fact, just a little drop – about 2 percent – can cause fatigue, difficulty in memory recall and trouble in concentration.

When you go camping, you don’t have to merely survive. You need energy to enjoy things and the brain power to focus on particular tasks. You don’t expect to have fun by yourself or with your companions when you’re feeling like a jellyfish out of the water, do you? Drink up. It’s for yourself and for everyone who’s with you.

Now, of course, since we’ve seen just how importance water is, perhaps you can also see how important it is to have dependable water storage. There are lots of jugs out there specifically for camping. This is because camping is all about the outdoors. This means that conditions will be rougher. You need something that will protect your precious fluid of life and in turn, yourself. The jug you’ll pick must be durable, leak-proof and easy to store and carry. Here are some of the best jugs you will need not only for your survival, but for convenient camp living as well.

Coleman 1-Gallon Jug
Coleman 1-Gallon Jug

Coleman 1-Gallon Jug

If you’re going on a hike all by yourself, don’t forget to bring this jug with you. It can carry a gallon of water, just enough to keep a single person hydrated for a half-day’s walk. Whether you’re going through a wooded plain or a densely covered mountain path, this jug will serve you well with its durable construction designed to withstand minor damages that are commonly due to being dropped or being hit against trees or rocks. This way, you have greater security for your water supply. The jug also has a bail handle that makes it easy to carry, especially on long walks where your hand can get strained and marked by ordinary handles. You can both fill it and drink from it easily. Its twist-on cap and wide mouth make filling fast and easy, while the tight flip-top spout makes pouring convenient. Besides keeping your drink safe, it also keeps it cool despite the weather so you get instant refreshment anytime, anywhere.

Coleman 1.3-Gallon Stainless Steel Belted Jug
Coleman 1.3-Gallon Stainless Steel Belted Jug

Coleman 1.3-Gallon Stainless Steel Belted Jug

This is another product from one of the leading brands in outdoor gear. For someone with an extra need for water like hiking or camping with one more companion and the trek require a longer hike and in greatly need of a healthy drinking pattern, this could just be the right jug. This stainless steel jug is big enough to hold 1.3 gallons of water. Its durable structure protects water from leaking through jug damages and protects you too from thirst. Its inside liner is made of anti-odor and anti-stain features you don’t have to deal with a bad smelling water anymore no matter how many days you keep water in it. For easy drinking, this jug features an instant on-off faucet that doesn’t drip or leak and allows water to flow through fast and freely. A drinking cup is also included for added comfort. 

Coleman Stainless Steel Beverage Cooler (5-Gallon)
Coleman Stainless Steel Beverage Cooler (5-Gallon)

Coleman Stainless Steel Beverage Cooler (5-Gallon)

Let’s say you’re going out with more than one companion – how about three or four more? That would mean you’ll need a bigger water supply container. This jug can hold up to 5 gallons – good enough for five people on a about a half-day journey. It’s made of very durable stainless steel that protects against leakages that can happen if the jug gets damaged. The liner on the inside protects the water from smelling bad and from getting contaminated from stains. This way, you keep your drinking water fresh and safe. The jug also has a drip-proof faucet so you keep your water intact. The bail handle makes carrying easier and more convenient and helps lessen those pressure marks you usually get from carrying by hand heavy things that press against your hand with the pull of gravity.

Coleman Water Carrier (5-Gallon, Blue)
Coleman Water Carrier (5-Gallon, Blue)

Coleman Water Carrier (5-Gallon, Blue)

If you want to keep track of your water supply, this jug is the one for you. It’s made of strong polyethylene that’s translucent enough for you to see the level of water it contains and yet tough enough to resist dents and scratches that could come with camping pressures. It’s big enough to carry up to 5 gallons. So to make carrying easier, it’s got a molded handle and handgrip. These allow you to grip the jug firmly and prevent it from landing on your feet. This jug also has a fast-flow spigot that turns easily and gets you a drink in no time. If you’re camping with your family or probably four to five of your friends, this jug can easily handle your need for hydration.

Blitz 50863 Water Container
Blitz 50863 Water Container

Blitz 50863 Water Container

Whether for more people or longer days on your outdoor excursion, volume matters. This jug will tell you just that. It can hold up to 6.5 gallons of water – more than a lot of other jugs. So if you’re looking for a bigger vessel for more water, this is just the right jug for you. It has a tight spout and twist cap that prevents leaks that not only will waste your water supply but cause an annoying mess in your car trunk. The jug itself is made of very durable plastic that secures your drinking water from leaks due to damages. It’s also transparent so you can keep track of the water level. Since this jug is quite heavy when full, it’s got top and back handles to enable you to hold the jug firmly and prevent it from crashing down on the ground or anywhere you wouldn’t want to (as mentioned earlier, like your foot – ouch!). So stay healthy and well inside and out with this trusty and easy-grip jug.


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