What type and size water bottle to take on the Camino de Santiago?

Water bottle on the Camino de Santiago
Water bottle on the Camino de Santiago

The question was:

I want to know what type of water bottle I should be buying and what size?

Will any particular made bottles (e.g. aluminium) have a funny taste?

Any recommendations for something that is very eco-friendly?

Read all the good Water bottle advice on the Camino de Santiago.

  • Z

    2 pieces of a standard 1,5L was enough for me. I bought in France before I started, and I used it over the camino. (of course, I filled every day)
    I think this is the cheap and eco friendly solution

  • Kate

    I and my 2 of the 3 walking buddies that just walked the camino had the camel backs and one girl had a water bottle of 1.5 lites. I and my fellow camel backers had no problems accessing our water and it also stays cool as it is insulated from your back pack. My friend with the water bottle needed assistance every time she wanted a drink as she couldnt reach it and she wished by the end of the first day she had a camel back too.

    • Mecarty

      I haven’t done the Camino. However, each time I take my backpack out I include my camel. Compared to those who go with bottles I never have to take my pack off or ask for help to get a drink. 

  • Abie Martin

    2x500ml ordinary plastic bottles works best. They are easy to handle, fits easily in the side pouch of your bag, can be carried in your hands if needed, is easy to replace along the way when damaged and is light when empty.

    • Kalinda Link

      I used the same. I kept both bottles in the side pockets of my pants for easy access. I met an engineer on the Camino and he called on my primary tank and one my reserve 🙂 It worked out well for me. A lot of people had the Camelbacs as well. Use whatever you are most comfortable with.

  • GarethJ

    Having lived, hiked and climbed, all over Spain for twelve years I would recommend that you take a Camelbac or Platypus bladder in your sack and a water bottle carried externally. A bladder WILL warm up as the day gets hotter and are a pain to refill if your sack is full. However, you will always have water handy. Most towns, villages and hamlets have fuentes (drinking points – normaly near the town centre, square or church) where cold, fresh water can be had. Every fuente you find fill up your external bottle. trust me; water that still has a coldness to it after an hour is far, far nicer than bladder water after 5 or 6 hours!