If you are doing research before joining the more than 80,000 customers that have rented our camping and travel gear, or have already received your camping gear rental package from us, here's where you can learn about the operation or setup of a specific camping or travel gear item before you leave on your next trip.
The information below provides more details on how to use the water bladder we rent, but we encourage you to give us a call or find more resources online if more details are needed. For more information on this rental item including rates, check out the main product page at Rent Water Bladder - 3-Liter Container. There are more how-to pages on nearly all of our most popular rental items; find most at our video and user guide to rentals main page .
We rent a variety of water bladders, but most are from Osprey or Platypus, and are in the 3-liter size range. That's about 100 ounces, or about the minimum needed to get hikers through one day of travel. Plan on at least one refill during a backpacking day, in which case you'll need to rent a water filter to have safe drinking water. Bladders are simple rental items - generally consisting of the water containing body, a cap or foldover lid for the entry point, with a drink tube and bite valve. We clean the rental water bladders after every use with a light solution of chlorine, but there shouldn't be any aftertaste.
Pour clean, filtered water into the bladder after removing the threaded cap. Be sure to not cross-thread the cap when putting back on, but be sure it is tight enough to avoid leaking.
At the other end of the drink tube is a "bite valve" - just bite on the valve to open it up and draw as if drinking from a straw.
Here is an overview video comparing some of the rental water bladder options