How much water should I bring?

The Big Question: How much water should I bring?

The short answer from the guides: 1.5 gallons of water per person per day (for drinking, washing, & cooking)

Some alternatives: Bring a container with a large opening that can hold ice that fits in your cooler, or a large thermal water/juice jug. Head down to ice camp in the morning pick up some ice and presto cool water as it melts.

Hey Vets, please feel free to add to the mix, the topic is water!

~Yvonne

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Don’t drive down with full jugs. Bring empty jugs, pack them somewhere accessible, and then fill them up in Alturas. Then your car isn’t as heavy or using much gas, and you’re less likely to get water sloshed on your stuff. I’m a jerk for not remembering his name, but the guy who owns/runs the Four Corners grocery in Alturas is *so awesome* and he leaves hoses out for you to fill your jugs, and makes it a personal mission to get out and meet as many burners as possible as they come through town. He also provides free hot chocolate for burners coming through. He’s wonderful! Bring him a gift from Canada – last year, we took him a local chocolate porter. 🙂
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The ice and jug tip is *still* one of my favorite tips from my first year. I still bring a few gallons of water for cooking and cleaning. I would also add double bagging your ice blocks in ziplocs before you put them in your cooler. That water can be used too and is easier to deal with than after it melts in the bottom of you cooler.
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And the sexy ice vendors – give em a show! If you want to volunteer for a shift selling ice – the shifts are short & a really easy way to volunteer. It’s also a great way to meet people. Volunteer with Arctica – you won’t be left cold…
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I would recommend extra large Ziploc bags instead – let’s you dump the ice and put it in your cooler. Aside from having water as it melts, you also cut way down on grey water. In fact, anything that leaks in your cooler should be in a Ziploc. No more cooler grey water to worry about, and nice cold potable water to keep hydrated!
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Obviously, here’s a situation where it’s encouraged, but do practise Civic Responsibility outside of BRC also and be very contientious of where you’re filling up your water. Sure, you don’t want to carry the extra weight over the mountains, but as soon as you hit the mountains you’re in a very arid environment where water is a lot more precious. So, don’t piss of the people who live in these small towns by taking something they can’t spare to give to thousands of people just passing through. (Klamath Falls or Cedarville’d be the last places I’d feel comfortable filling up my water, Alturus maybe – but ask beforehand.)
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Don’t waste water doing dishes- Try the spray bottle/soap it/wipe it method. Or, if you’re lazy (like me), Clorox wipes work well. Hell, baby wipes’ll do in a pinch. As for cooking- don’t bring boil-ables that produce grey water, ie:dry pasta or beans. Instead, buy fresh stuff or presauced, heat’n’eat with minimal H2O. Use rice or quinoa. And remember-booze dehydrates you. For every 1oz if hard stuff-or that equivalent- try to drink 1/2-1 cup of fluid to conpensate.
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Water tip: never leave camp without at least 1L of water, even if you are just going around the corner, as you could easily get distracted and be gone for hours. I find a 2L or 3L camelbak is almost a must, especially if you are going for a long walk in the heat of the day, and double-especially if you are going out for the night on what could be a 10 hour adventure that swings into the next day, triple-especially if you do the sort of things that tend make you dehydrated. It is hard to find water at night because everyone needs it, and you may find it difficult to return to camp to refill.
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got a headache or feeling strangely grumpy? you’re dehydrated. get a ton of water in you (and shade) then get out there and kick some ass!
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I always use a clear container to pee in (even in the portapotties and then dump it) so I can see if its clear enough 🙂 easiest way to check! @Yvonne I will never forget the Eric Idle joke: American beer is like sex in a canoe.. Fucking close to water 😉 (not that there’s anything wrong with that if you’re trying to stay hydrated while drinking)

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