Q. Gear Guy, my troop is getting ready to go on a backpacking trip. I need a backpack. I would like a hydration bladder in it as well, but I don’t know where to start looking.
— Arid Adisson, Cameron, North Carolina
Here are two good options for you, depending on how big a pack you’ll need.
For an all-in-one solution for an out-and-back or a quick overnighter, we love the CamelBak Fourteener 24 ($144.99). It carries 3 liters of water and offers another 23 liters of space for your gear.
For longer treks, the BSA Mountaineer 70L Backpack ($99.99) offers plenty of room for your gear and has a hydration bladder pocket and a port for a drinking tube. You’ll need to supply your own bladder.
Find details on both packs at scoutstuff.org.