Tuesday, May 29, 2012

How to dry a CamelBak

(Originally, this was just a tweet, but so many people liked the idea I thought a more permanent home was desirable).

If you own a CamelBak then you've probably tried to dry it out after use to ensure that there's never any stale water in there (as the manufacturer recommends).  The design of CamelBak makes this a bit tricky because the plastic bag that holds the water tends to stick together making getting the last bits of water out.

I came up with a simple solution to this today: remove the plastic bag from the pack and stick a balloon whisk in it.  Be gentle, of course!

The balloon whisk keeps the bag open letting it dry.  Probably ideal if the whisk were plastic, mine wasn't.  Perhaps CamelBak should even manufacture a "drying wand" like this.



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6 Comments:

Blogger Ross said...

Camelbak actually do sell one, however it looks flat in the photo. I've always found a whisk or a a 1.5 litre water bottle works fine.

Camelbak reservoir dryer: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Camelbak-Omega-Reservoir-Dryer-Blue/dp/B000AXTKDU/

1:05 PM  
Blogger Colin said...

Every once in a while, I also deep-freeze mine for a few days to kill off any bacteria.

11:42 PM  
Blogger Francis Turner said...

I find that wrapping the tube inside works fine. On my 2L one the tube is approx 3x the internal length of the bladder so you get a nice loop inside when handing from the tube/bladder join. I also remove the sucky bit and place that at the bottom to make sure that the bit around the main opening is also separated.

11:39 AM  
Blogger Shawn H said...

My camelback came with a spreadable/collapsable hanging rack. It's plastic and works perfectly and has a coat hanger type hook so it can even go on a hanger rod or shower rod.

6:25 AM  
Blogger Shawn H said...

My camelback came with a spreadable/collapsable hanging rack. It's plastic and works perfectly and has a coat hanger type hook so it can even go on a hanger rod or shower rod.

6:26 AM  
Blogger Shawn H said...

My camelback came with a spreadable/collapsable hanger that fits inside and works perfectly and even has a clothes hanger hook so it can be hung on a clothes hanger rod or shower rod. And it's plastic.

6:28 AM  

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