Water requirements for hiking in the Victorian High Country
Please note that all water quantities noted below are a guide only.
The amount of water you will require will depend on what you are planning to eat and how much you drink during the day and night. Everyone is different and consumes different amounts of water. However, you must remember that it’s very important to keep well hydrated on the track and you will most likely find that you are consuming larger amounts of water than you do normally. Weather also makes a big difference. On warm days you will consume larger amounts of water than on cold days, and on hot days, you should allow an extra 1 litre per day.
Here are some guidelines to help you calculate how much water you might need.
2 litres of water for drinking during the day on full day and multi day hikes and 1.5 litres on half day hikes (per person/per day)
500ml of water for drinking during the night (per person/per night)
200 – 250ml of water for 1 cup of hot drink such as tea, coffee or hot chocolate (per person)
Approximately 250 – 500ml of water for cooked meals (per person/per cooked meal). This will largely depend on the meals you will be cooking. Please refer to cooking instructions on the packs of dehydrated and other meals for the water quantities. As an example, if you are planning to have cooked oats or a cereal for breakfast, you will need approximately 1 cup (200 – 250ml) of water.
500ml of extra water for unforeseen circumstances (per person)
Ideally, you want to bring as much water as possible from home. This is achievable on 1 day and 2 day hiking tours, but any longer than that, and you will need to collect water along the way.
All water collected on the track, whether from river, creek, puddle, lake, water tank, tap or other sources, must be purified. The best way to do this, is to bring your water to a rolling boil for at least 1 minute. However, this is easier to do at the end of the day than it is whilst on the track. If you need to purify water while on the track, consider using either purification tablets, straw filter, filtering pump or a UV filter such as SteriPEN.
Hydration bladders are an invaluable piece of equipment when hiking. They provide easy access to your drinking water, which means you will drink more regularly and keep better hydrated while on the track. You will also find that you are taking smaller, more regular sips rather than the occasional big gulps out of a water bottle. You can access the bladder hose yourself, so no need to ask anyone to pass you the water bottle and it keeps your hands free.
Our backpacks have 2 externally accessible pockets each with a bladder hose access point. Each pocket comfortably fits 2.5 litre hydration bladder.
However, on all multi day hikes, you will need to carry more water than 2.5 litre hydration bladder. Don’t worry, we have some tips for you. Remember that everything you carry in, you must carry out. This includes bulky empty water bottles. Yes, you can refill and reuse them along the way, but even if they are half empty, they still take the same amount of space in your backpack as if they were full. This is where collapsible plastic bottles come very handy. There are many on the market of various sizes and prices. What I also find very handy, are empty wine cask bladders. They fold to nothing when empty.
Your guide will carry a water purifying/filtering system to allow the group to collect water along the track where possible.
Refer to the Water Requirements for the individual hiking tours for further information.