Lightweight Backpacking Hydration & Gravity Water Filtering System

This combination of lightweight hydration items is what I take for filtering water on backpacking trips. It’s compact, simple to use, and only takes a few minutes using gravity to filter 2 liters of water.

water filter gear

These are the items that I use for filtering water on backpacking trips. I created a DIY gravity system for filtering water, without needing to purchase a kit designed specifically for this use. Learn more about my DIY Gravity System.

  • HydroBlu 64 oz. collapsible canteen (1 oz)
    These collapsible water containers are great for storing filtered water while at camp. The handles at the top make it easy to carry, and the carabiner at the bottom makes it easy to backflush a water filter by hanging the bag to push clean water back through the filter. If I’m not camped near a water source, I take two of these containers for more capacity.
    View at HydroBlu
  • HydroBlu Versa Flow filter (1.4 oz)
    I’ve been using this filter for several years. It’s easy to backflush and the flow rate is consistently fast. See my full review of this filter.
    View at Garage Grown Gear   |   CNOC Outdoors
  • Sawyer Fast Fill Adapter
    This kit helps to connect a hydration hose to filters and water containers. I use one of the connectors on the Hydroblu collapsible canteen so I don’t have to hold the hose while filtering water.
    View at REI Co-op   |   Amazon
  • HydroBlu silicone hose
    Water flows faster from the filter when adding a hose to a gravity setup.
    View at HydroBlu
  • CNOC Vecto 2 liter water container (2.6 oz)
    The Vecto is the only water bladder with openings at both ends for ease in collecting water to filter. Remove the slider at the top to fill with water, then connect a water filter to the small opening at the bottom for filtering.
    View at Garage Grown Gear  |  CNOC Outdoors
  • HydroBlu Water Filter System Package
    This kit includes water filter, two collapsible canteens, hydration hose, and a clamp – and costs much less than purchasing each item separately.
    View at Amazon   |   HydroBlu


Gear Review – One Bottle Hydration System

  • Nalgene Ultralight 1 liter water bottle (3 oz) View at Amazon
  • One Bottle Hydration System for wide mouth bottles. View at Etsy
    This system has a hydration hose, insulated cover, and a cap that fits on Nalgene bottles for easy access to water. The hose goes inside to the bottom of the bottle and has a bite valve on the other end, just like those on hydration bladders. I place the water bottle in the side pocket of my backpack with the hose connected to the shoulder strap on my backpack. See my full review of the One Bottle Hydration System


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