Updated September 18, 2020
If you’re going to spend a good seven days in dry desert weather, the first obvious thing to pack that comes to mind is water! When you’re going here and there on camping grounds on a hot day, it’s likely that you’ll need plenty of drinking water to stay hydrated, that’s why it’s crucial to pack smart when participating in events like Burning Man. A hydration pack is a great solution to containing and transporting water during a camping event! If you feel that choosing a hydration pack is a difficult thing to do, read on! We’ve compiled a list of the best hydration packs for Burning Man to help you pick.
Knowing that you need around 1.5 gallons of water every day means you have to make sure you’re packing water in a convenient way. After all, you don’t want the hassle of transporting water to keep you from fully enjoying the experience. Check out our seven favorite hydration packs for Burning Man.
The DolfinPack is one that offers straight-to-the-point functionality with its light and minimalistic structure.
The Mubasel Gear hydration backpack is a simple and functional hydration pack that does what it should. With this hydration backpack you’ll get a two-liter FDA approved food grade hydration bladder. The bag itself is made of nylon which contributes to the backpack’s lightweight. At only 0.7 pounds, you won’t even feel this pack on your back. You’ll find that this hydration pack has several pockets that are super useful. On the side there are two zippered pockets that open up to the entire length of the pack, You can use them for your keys, cellphone, wallet, and snacks. You’ll also find an extra mesh pocket on the front that stretches to accommodate the size of the item inside it. We’re always fans of multi-purpose products and that’s why we love that this hydration pack can double up as a pillow because it can withstand weight up to 132 pounds! That can get in handy while camping. Thanks to the extra padding on the back, this backpack is really comfortable and the mesh on the straps and back make it a perfect backpack for hot-weather adventures. The Mubasel Gear backpack comes in black with your choice of a red, lemon, or blue zipper and also comes in purple.
If you’re looking for something that goes a little beyond being a hydration pack, the Teton Sports Oasis 1100 may be the one for you. This hydration backpack is so versatile and can be used for different activities. Starting off, this hydration pack comes with a two-liter BPA free bladder. The backpack itself has a capacity of 18-liters and has various pockets with a separate zippered compartment for the water bladder. It also comes with a rain pocket which you’ll find in an isolated pocket at the bottom of the bag. The Teton Sports Oasis isn’t the lightest hydration pack out there, but it’s still relatively light at two pounds of weight. We like that this hydration pack has a front pocket which Teton calls the “butterfly opening” which opens up extra space when you undo the three buckles attached to it. The Teton Oasis 1100 comes with a hip belt and a padded shoulder with holes which allows for proper ventilation. The shoulder, chest, and waistbands are adjustable so you’ll be able to get a good fit. The Teton Oasis 1100 comes in many cool colors. Another great thing about this backpack is that it comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
The Unigear Tactical hydration pack is an awesome choice if you’re looking for a heavy duty backpack. The pack is made of 900 Denier polyester and it’s lined with PVC so tears should never be a problem. The backpack comes with a 2.5-liter BPA free water bladder. The fantastic thing about this pack is that the water bladder is replaceable so you can always get a quick fix without having to buy a new pack. When it comes to compartments, this pack is great because it comes with two pockets to keep your little gadgets. On the inside of the pockets, you’ll find mesh pockets to keep your stuff organized. A feature that we really like is the hydration hose that comes with this pack. It’s hands-free making it very convenient. It also comes with a wide cap so you can easily fill up your water bladder with ice for a refreshing drink. A cool feature that comes with this pack is a built-in buckle whistle for emergencies, although it’s not necessary for events like the Burning Man festival, it may come in handy if you camp or hike sometimes. The breathable mesh pad at the back makes this backpack comfortable to wear. The weight of the pack is 1.3 pounds so it’s considered lightweight.
Another great lightweight option is the Teton Sports TrailRunner. The pack only weighs 0.9 pounds yet still carries a water bladder of a two-liter capacity. The Teton TrailRunner is a convenient bag for those looking for compact packs. Thanks to the mesh back panel and strapping, the TrailRunner is breathable and great for use on hot days. The bag fits comfortably on the back and is very easy to carry around. When it comes to storage, the Teton Sports TrailRunner isn’t that big, but it does come with a deep mesh pocket enough to keep your little essentials. The Teton pack is adjustable. You can tighten or loosen the chest, waist, and shoulder straps so you won’t need to worry about the fit. Apart from the compact, lightweight design, the highlight of this hydration pack is the safety features. It comes with a reflective strip, strap clips, and a whistle for emergencies. The Teton TrailRunner comes with a lifetime limited warranty and it’s available in blue, green, black, orange, and red.
If you don’t intend on taking too much water with you and would rather have a small, compact hydration pack, the CamelBak Hydrobak may be the one for you. The back pad is designed in a way that it snugs on to your back and allows airflow between your back and the hydration pack to keep you cool. This hydration pack comes with a 1.5-liter BPA free water bladder. The great news is the bladder is really easy to remove and reinstall so you don’t have to worry about cleaning it. The water bladder comes with a wide cap so you should find adding ice to keep your water cool very easy. The hose of the CamelBak Hydrobak is a little long, however, you should have no problem adjusting its length by looping it around the shoulder strap. The material of the Mil-Tac Hydrobak is durable nylon which makes it waterproof and easy to clean. The hose of the CamelBack comes with a lock system to ensure that water is completely shut off. The CamelBak Hydrobak doesn’t offer much storage space. It has one pocket that isn’t too big yet enough for small essentials like your keys and wallet.
If a stylish, fashionable hydration pack is what you’re looking for, then look no further! Sojourner Rave hydration pack is the perfect choice for those who have a festive spirit. With its impressive designs and bright, glittery colors, the Sojourner is one of the best-looking hydration packs out there. It comes with a two-liter hydration bladder that is BPA free and FDA approved. The bladder fits in the main pocket of the pack. The Sojourner hydration pack has a loop on top so you can hang it when needed. Apart from the bladder pocket, you’ll find a small side pocket to keep small items. The shoulders straps are adjustable so you can customize it to your own comfort. The great thing is that the shoulder straps and the back panel are both padded and made from breathable mesh so don’t have to worry about heating up. The water bladder has an oversized cap that’s convenient for filling it up with ice and makes cleaning the bladder a breeze. The Sojourner comes in so many different designs and colors to choose from, so whatever your preference is, there’s one for you!
The CamelBak Thermobak is an option worth picking up if a large capacity hydration pack is what you need. With a three-liter reservoir, this hydration pack bladder is the largest on our list. The CamelBak Thermobak is a reliable option for a good water system during festivals. It’s made of high-quality material to ensure durability. With this hydration pack though, don’t expect to fill it up with many items as storage space is relatively small. A fantastic feature that comes with this hydration pack is that the water reservoir is insulated so you should face no problems keeping your water cool for a few hours. You can easily fill up the water bladder without actually having to remove it from the pack which makes the process convenient and quick. The large opening of the bladder also contributes to the ease of refilling and allows you to add ice and easily clean it. Another highlight that you’ll find is the mouthpiece cover on the tube for hygiene, which is something you’d probably appreciate in dusty weather and crowded areas!
At the end of the day, choosing a hydration pack for Burning Man really boils down to your own needs and preferences.
After reviewing our seven favorite hydration packs, we came to the conclusion that there isn’t one perfect hydration pack, but rather, each comes with a set of features that make it unique.
We really love the Teton Sports TrailRunner! It’s compact and easy to carry around thanks to its lightweight, yet still holds a two-liter water reservoir, making it a perfect pack to have with you in festivals.
The TrailRunner is made from comfortable, breathable, durable material and has a few deep pockets to keep your essentials. Price is also not something to worry about as this hydration pack is very affordable.
If you’re looking for a pack with a larger capacity though, we recommend checking the CamelBak Thermobak but if fashion and style are what excite you, then the Sojourner is the way to go!