Three important tools for backpacking include a measuring cup, a repair kit and a spoon. You can modify a water bottle to make each of these items.
Backpacking Measuring Cup
Many people rely on freeze-dried meals for backpacking trips. These meals typically call for 2 cups of boiling water. If you try to eyeball the water level you may end up with either a soupy mess or a really dry backcountry dinner. Simply mark the 2 Cup mark on your water bottle so you know you have the right amount. Use duct tape to mark your measuring line for even more efficiency (see next tip).
Emergency Repair Kit
You have to be prepared for about anything on the trail and nothing can be more useful that duct tape. It can fix a broken tent pole, ripped tent, a hole in your jacket, serve as an emergency medical wrap or hundred of other uses. Instead of carrying a roll of duct tape, wrap it around a water bottle. It won't take up any additional space in your pack and the tape will be ready to use whenever you need it.
Emergency Backpacking Spoon
We all forget things when we head out into the backcountry. Have you ever forgotten a spoon or eating utensil? You can easily cut a spoon out of the rounded bottom of a plastic water bottle. By carefully cutting a spoon shape out of the bottle you can eat your backpacking meals without using your hands. Watch the video above to learn how to make the spoon.
There are three backpacking tools for under a dollar. Check out these other backpacking tips and hacks:
How to beat the heat and the bears while backpacking
How to Measure Fuel Canisters
How to Dehydrate Your Own Camp Meals
Best Backpacking Recipes
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