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Prevent Water Bottle Freeze-Up

It’s cold out there and if you are hiking, camping or skiing in the back country, it is likely that the water in your bottle could freeze.  There are a few things you can do to help prevent water bottle freeze-up:  1) You can fill your water bottle with hot water; 2) Hike or camp with the bottle as close to your core as possible(inside your jacket or sleeping bag); 3) Leave room at the top of the bottle so that the sloshing slows the freezing process;  and 4) Add a powdered drink mix (minimally effective) which may drop the freezing point a degree.  Remember, that even when it’s cold outside you have to stay hydrated.