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How to Get the Most Out of Your Hydration Bladder

If you’re into the great outdoors or hydration, you’ve probably heard of hydration bladders. These handy tools make it easy to stay hydrated when you’re out on the trail or away from public services.

Hydration bladders allow you to carry various amounts of fluids, whether you’re on a short trek or a long mission. In fact, hydration bladders are staples for search and rescue teams, outdoor enthusiasts, and firefighters. They’re used for everything from a short hike to multi-day excursions traversing remote regions of the planet.

We’ll share the basics of hydration bladders. Plus, we’ll offer tips on how to use electrolyte powders like DripDrop in your hydration reservoir.

What Is a Hydration Bladder?

A hydration bladder is a useful tool for people who enjoy hiking, mountain biking, and backcountry adventures. It’s a reservoir that holds large amounts of water or fluids. The hydration reservoir is connected to silicone tubing and a bite valve so you can take sips of water from the mouthpiece without having to fish a water bottle out of your backpack. Most are now BPA-free and feature leak-proof designs.

The water reservoir typically fits inside a hydration backpack so that you can carry the water wherever you go. Hydration bladders are popular among trail runners as well as professionals like military soldiers, police officers, and firefighters.

There are hundreds of hydration bladders on the market. Popular outdoor brands like Osprey, Hydrapak, REI, Platypus, and Camelbak all offer water bladders. For the best hydration bladder, look for extra features like a shutoff valve, high-flow bite valve, and detachable insulated tube for cold weather use. Many high-quality bladders also have a wide mouth or wide opening for easy filling and refilling, and easy cleaning.

You can buy a hydration bladder as a stand-alone item or as part of an integrated hydration pack. These come in different sizes including smaller daypacks that carry one liter of water, as well as larger mountaineering and hiking backpacks that can carry up to six liters of water. These backpacks may have durable waist and shoulder straps and extra pockets. You can also find various accessories for your hydration bladder. These include special cleaning kits, extra drinking tubes, and warranty add-ons.

Hydration bladders make it easy to avoid dehydration whether you’re an avid hiker looking to cool down or a backcountry skier hydrating with hot water. These low-profile water reservoirs are a great way to stay hydrated when you’re on the go.

How to Use a Hydration Bladder With DripDrop

DripDrop can be used with all hydration systems, including hydration bladders.

DripDrop was developed by a doctor on a mission to defeat life-threatening dehydration. The patented formula provides medically relevant electrolyte levels, improving on the World Health Organization’s Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS) standards with its delicious taste.

By comparison, sports drinks contain about one-third the electrolytes of DripDrop and twice as much sugar. That means DripDrop is more effective at tackling dehydration compared to sports drinks. Plus, you can easily add DripDrop to your hydration bladder. That way you don’t have to lug around bottles of sports drinks that are less effective for hydration.

Here’s how to use DripDrop in hydration bladders:

  1. Fill the hydration bladder with water.

  2. Add a DripDrop packet directly into the reservoir.

  3. Gently massage or shake the reservoir to mix the solution.

Our powder packets come in two sizes: 8 ounces and 16 ounces. These dosages make it easy to add the right amount of electrolytes to your water, no matter how long your adventure is. If you’re carrying one liter (32 ounces) of water on your next hike, just add two sixteen-ounce packets to the hydration bladder. The different dosage makes it easy to bring DripDrop along whether you’re out for a short run or on a longer tactical mission.

Best of all, our packets fit easily into a pocket or backpack. They weigh next to nothing so you won’t have to worry about it weighing down your pack, which means you can have a high-quality dehydration protocol on hand at all times.

In seconds, you can refill your hydration bladder from natural sources on the trail if you have a high-quality water filter or purifier and add in DripDrop. Our packaging is designed for easy opening so you can tear it open without removing your work gloves or ski gloves.

DripDrop isn’t just an effective dehydration remedy — it also tastes amazing. It's available in a variety of flavors for you to enjoy.

Defeat Dehydration Anywhere With DripDrop

Whether you’re going backpacking, trekking, trail running, or on a day hike, a hydration bladder can help you stay hydrated.

Add DripDrop to your water reservoir to stay hydrated no matter how far you’re going. It’s the perfect solution for avoiding and managing dehydration whether you’re a hiker or a firefighter on a mission. It comes in convenient packaging and different dosing options — making it easier than ever to take a high-quality dehydration protocol with you. Regardless of where you’re heading and how long you’ll be out there, DripDrop can help keep you hydrated.

When you're in a state of dehydration, water alone isn’t enough. Your body needs the perfect balance of sodium and glucose to help absorption. With the precisely balanced ratio in DripDrop, you can replenish vital electrolytes and fluids to relieve dehydration quickly. Plus, DripDrop supplies vitamins like zinc, potassium, and magnesium. These are essential to support your overall health.

For cases of mild to moderate dehydration, DripDrop is a fast, effective, and great-tasting remedy. Get started with our most popular multi-flavor pouch for dehydration relief fast. Or, learn more about how you can save up to 25% on every purchase when you subscribe.