Richard Bucker

minimalist water

Posted at — May 24, 2019

I have too much junk. I mean I have too many things that I’ll just never use again or maybe for the first time. Granted it’s all part of my midlife crisis and I own that but after all that I really want to go minimal.I had a contract position in Sweden and as part of the job I requested a Swedish apartment so I could experience the Swedish lifestyle. It was a small apartment and typical. I was close to buses and trains so I made use of them. There was also a grocery between the train and the apartment so I did not have to keep any food in the apartment except the most basic snacks. Making the grocery my refrigerator and pantry was probably the best lesson and one that I wished at home.And now water bottles.. .Hikers will buy a smartwater bottle and use it for weeks and months. This bottle became the de facto water bottle as filter and accessory companies modeled their products to that bottle.About 2 years ago we purchased 4 Nalgene-32 bottles the kids so that they had plenty of water at soccer practice. They complained about the spilling and opening the bottles because the mouth was so wide. So I purchased new lids from HumanGear and things were good. Unfortunately the kids in our league absconded with 2 of the bottles and of course the parents, who should know better, have remained silent.I purchased a few more Nalgene (pictured above) bottles but in hindsight I regret. I regret it because I cannot seem to convince myself to discard it the way I would a smartwater bottle if I felt I was not going to hike for a while or life was just a little too cluttered.Keep in mind that water weighs the same regardless of the container. The Nalgene bottles are only slightly heavier. But walking around an airport or just going for a walk I’m likely to feel guilty carrying around the empty Nalgene.So the lesson… stick with the better water bottles and forget the commercial varieties. Maybe keep a few extra tops in your pack.