What kind of water bottle to take on the Inca Trail

Written by Wayki Trek, 15/07/2022 12:26 pm

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What kind of water bottle to take on the Inca Trail

For all hikers or lovers of trekking sports, water is a main and important element. That is why choosing what type of water bottle to take on the Inca Trail to stay hydrated is one of the first things you should buy on your list to bring on your trip.

We have more than 24 years of experience trekking the Inca Trail, so we know which are the best brands and options of the highest quality recognized internationally for their durability and hygiene.

Why use a reusable water bottle on the Inca Trail?

One of the main reasons is to avoid the production of waste, especially single-use packaging, and to curb the problem of microplastics that seriously affects the environment.

Another main reason is health, since the problem with reusing a single-use PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) plastic bottle is that over time and under certain conditions, it could accumulate bacteria that could be a risk to health. That is why the way to clean the bottle is very important.

Finally, if you prefer to see it from an economic point of view, using a reusable container is profitable in the short-medium term since you can use it on every excursion and trip you make.

How much water do we need on a regular Inca Trail trek?

The amount of water that we are going to need to do the trekking will depend on different factors, such as your physical condition, type of trail of the route (there is an Inca Trail of 2 days, 4, 5 and 6 days) and the different levels of effort of the route.

A minimum of 3 liters per day is required to stay healthy and energized on any of the chosen routes. This is an amount that will increase the higher the temperature and the workload to reach the goal.

What should we take into account when choosing a bottle of water for trekking?

The type of material, size, cap and nozzle are some of the main characteristics to take into account when we are going to choose our water bottle for the Inca Trail.


It is usually made of plastic, regardless of whether the body of the drum is made of another material. One piece of advice is to choose a bottle in which, when you unscrew the cap, it is attached to the body of the canteen. You wouldn’t be the first to have the plug slip out of your hands and end up lost along the way.


Some models have a quick opening in the style of a cycling bottle. Very practical for drinking without having to stop to unscrew the cap, requiring both hands.


Some models are capable of filtering clear water, eliminating 99.9% of bacteria and protozoa. Like the decathlon forclaz model.


Standard sizes are usually from 0.5 liters to 1.5 litres. The recommended thing is 1 liter or 1.5 liters since that way you can fill it during the day and it will not weigh so much.

Type of material:

This is the main feature. They are usually made of plastic (several types), aluminum or steel.


Although the solution to the problem of single-use plastic is not reusable plastic, we cannot ignore that it is a fantastic material: cheap, light, transparent, safe, resistant, hard or very flexible, recyclable, reusable and depending on what type It does not alter the taste or smell of food.

According to the classification of the Society for Plastic Industry that divides plastics into 7 categories, those intended for the manufacture of water bottles, canteens, food containers, etc., are mainly of classes 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7.

1) Polyethylene terephthalate (PET): the one found in most single-use water bottles. It is very transparent and is one of the easiest to recycle.

2) High-density polyethylene (HDPE): it is what we find in the hardest bottles, such as those for milk or cleaning products.
4) Low-density polyethylene (LDPE): we find it in the softest bottles, bags, etc.
5) Polypropylene (PP): that of the caps.
7) Others: this class includes all those who do not fall into classes 1-6. They have the drawback that among such a variety, they are rarely recycled as their composition is unknown. However, if we take a look at the market for trekking bottles, we will find many reusable bottles made of Tritan (trade name). A type of plastic that is relatively easy to recycle in practice (we don’t know if in reality) and less polluting than others such as PVC.

Reusable bottle 1 liter cerulean blue wide mouth Nalgene Sustain

The wide mouth Nalgene bottle is the most popular among nature lovers. Its mouth, as its name suggests, is very wide, which allows you to easily insert ice cubes, or even food.

It also fits most water purifiers and filters, which is very useful if you are camping and want to refill your bottle with water from a river or lake. The cap always remains attached to the bottle, to prevent it from being lost, and you can tie it to your backpack. You will be saving space in your backpack!

You can buy yours through these links:



Reusable bottle 1 liter brown narrow mouth Nalgene Sustain

If you want all the same benefits as the Nalgene Wide Mouth, but with a smaller opening, you can opt for the Nalgene Narrow Mouth Reusable Bottle. You will be able to drink water in a controlled way and avoid accidental spills. It comes in 2 different sizes: 1 L and 500 ml.

You can buy it at this link:

CamelBak Chute Mag BPA Free Water Bottle with Tritan Renew 1 Liter

Another hiking and trekking classic is the CamelBak Chute Mag weighing just 140 grams. It is BPA free, leak proof, tasteless and easy to clean. It can contain hot drinks and the best option is the one with 1 liter capacity.

You can find it at this link:



Aluminum is a reusable, lightweight and 100% recyclable material if done properly. This does not mean that they do not have any environmental impact, the manufacturing process is more polluting than that of plastic but with a greater probability of being reusable in the long term.

When choosing an aluminum bottle, we must bear in mind that the interior is protected by a clean polyamide-based varnish that makes it totally safe for food use. This varnish will prevent the possible transmission of aluminum to the liquid.

Laken Futura – Aluminum Bottle – Narrow mouth, variety of colors and sizes

Some characteristics of the Laken Futura bottle are:

  • Laken bottle in lightweight aluminum with screw cap, narrow neck
  • No bisphenol, phthalates, lead or other harmful substances. Inner polyamide lining
  • Does not retain or transmit flavors. Resistant to water, juices, isotonic and carbonated drinks
  • Hand wash recommended (narrow neck). Do not use with hot drinks
  • Airtight, reusable and 100% recyclable. Cover available.

You can find it here:

Stainless steel:
They are heavier than aluminum bottles and also more expensive, but they are of great quality. They’re reusable and recyclable, tasteless, dishwasher safe*, sweat-free, hot drink-friendly, citrusy, and a healthy choice. We usually find this type of bottle in thermos.

Laken Classic (thermal)



  • Thermal performance: up to 8 h of heat and 24 h of cold (depending on ambient temperature)
  • 18/8 stainless steel double wall vacuum insulated
  • Free of BPA, phthalates or other harmful substances.
  • hermetic closure
  • Suitable for alcoholic and citrus drinks.
  • Diameter: 8.2cm. Height: 29.6cm. Weight: 504 grams
  • reusable and recyclable
  • Does not transmit flavors
  • Does not sweat or burn

You can get it here:


Now that you know which bottles we recommend and their brands, we would like to know which one you use or plan to use. Leave us your comments, we would love to read you and help you answer questions!


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