Three Options to Consider When Choosing a Collapsible Water Jug

Whether you need to haul water in camp or need a more specialized water jug for backpacking, here are three great options to choose from.

If storage space and weight are a consideration when choosing water jugs for use backpacking, in camp, or in your RV, collapsible jugs are the way to go. They fold into almost any shape and can easily be shoved into odd knocks and crannies in your pack or camp equipment box.

Before you make a purchase, think about how much capacity you’ll need. Are you going to use it as your water bottle while backpacking or do you simply need a handy way to haul or dispense water in camp? Naturally, look for models that are food approved and BPA-free. Once you’ve made those choices, here some styles you’ll want to consider.

Simple

Reliance Fold-A-Carrier
A cube-type design has a flat bottom when filled so it won't roll off a picnic table.Reliance Products

Our Scout troop has used 5-gallon collapsible jugs like this for years. They're inexpensive and easy to stow when you have a lot of gear to fit in the trunk. The leak-proof spout is perfect for watering down a thirsty mob in camp, too.

Tough

WaterStorageCube BPA Free Collapsible Water Container
Look for models that feature a gasket design in the spigot so you won't have to worry about leaks or having to replace any parts down the road.WaterStorageCube

If you're looking for a collapsible jug that is just a tad more rugged, there are lots of options available. Soft handles that are molded in are a nice feature. When you get a hurricane, tornado or forest fire alert, these are great jugs to reach for to ensure you have enough H2O stored for your family and pets.

Lightweight

Hydrapak Seeker
This bag is ultra-lightweight, super strong, comes with a lifetime warranty, and folds down to store in a small carrying sack (included) that fits in the palm of your hand.Hydrapak

Look for models that feature a gasket design in the spigot so you won't have to worry about leaks or having to replace any parts down the road.