I clearly should never have let this picture been taken, but I wanted to share my ingenious ‘new’ water bottle carrier. I got tired of wearing a belt to clip on a water bottle or a sling over a shoulder or a back pack. My dog and I both need a cold drink on the trail from time to time. This idea came to me after I saw a rather expensive back-worn bottle carrier on a sports web site.
Why not just tuck my shirt into the back of my waistband to create a pocket to hold the water bottle? It cools me when I walk and leaves my hands free. Simple, effective, and free. I freeze smallish bottles half full of water then add a few ounces of water atop the ice. As I walk, the ice melts and a cold drink is just a hand grip away!
So, if you want your hands free but want to have water with you on a hot summer walk, try this idea. Works best if your waistband is not too loose. My walking shorts typically have a drawstring so I can snug it up to hold the water securely.