View Full Version : light weight carrying bag for trips to the spring, short excursions etc

11-01-2015, 22:21
Just started back packing, but noticed a several times the springs are a distance from the shelter usually downhill. I have always had some sort of plastic shopping bag along so I could put things in to carry them to the spring, but I was thinking some sort of basic ripstop bag might make sense. I have the sawyer squeeze with a couple extra 2qt bags. and if a take a bottle with me that can be about 5 liters of water to carry. That is lot to carry in a shopping page and they tend to rip. it might be overkill, but that gives me plenty of water for night and next morning.

If the light weight bag has shoulder straps it could also be useful for a short excursion if you want to leave your bag at camp. I'm not looking for a regular pack, just some sort of carrying bag.

Any one have something like this?

Odd Man Out
11-01-2015, 22:53

AGG makes this water bag. It's designed to carry water (and you could use it to carry 1 gallon of water back to camp. Or I suppose you could use it to carry stuff in it. I'd probably just carry a plastic grocery bag. Some are heavier duty than others.

11-02-2015, 00:12
That's interesting. However I already have the multiple squeeze bags so I don't need a water tight bag. but something strong enough for 10-12 lbs of water that is easy to carry, or put over the shoulders would be nice. I was using grocery type bags, so perhaps a stronger plastic bag might work. But I figured there is probably a rip-stop very light option.

11-02-2015, 00:39
I have a 1 gallon nylon water bag. Very handy. I've seen 2 gallon bags too. The neat thing is if the ground is real flat, you can put the bag down on the ground and it won't spill out! You can also make one from one of the waterproof stuff sacks Walmart sells. Just sew in a nylon strap for a handle.

The common grocery bag isn't very durable and if it don't burst on the first use, it soon will.

11-02-2015, 07:37
We carry a silnylon shopping bag that folds up into its own pocket. The kind of thing one might keep in a purse, but much heavier duty. It was expensive at an outdoor store. But it proves to be extremely useful on a long distance hike. We use it to go grocery shopping, take laundry to the laundromat, bring back full 2-liter Sawyer bags from the spring, etc. On our last long hike we traveled by train and used it to carry our food bags and other travel supplies.

11-02-2015, 10:05
Thanks, I searched on silnylon shopping bag and found hits. a bag is probably lighter and cheaper, but I also saw light backpacks 2.7 - 3.2 oz for 20-22 liter packs. a back pack would be nice for the water carrying so I could have both hands free for walking poles, but maybe not as nice for the other uses you mention.






Just Bill
11-02-2015, 11:10
Looks like some were already linked above- but here's the collection of STS bags that are in line with what you're looking for.

I've also heard of some basecampers who like to a zpacks zero as their daypack... 3.5oz

Water Rat
11-02-2015, 11:36
If you are just looking for a lightweight bag to use as a bucket, Sea to Summit also makes UL bags for this very purpose: http://www.seatosummit.com/product/?item=Ultra-Sil+Folding+Bucket+&o1=0&o2=0&o3=360

I am a convert... I used to just go to the water source and filter, but getting caught in a few torrential rainstorms made me re-think filtering at the water source. I can hang this bucket off a tree branch, or nail at a shelter. Only weights 1oz, packs really small, and I can use it to haul things if I choose. Definitely beats a shopping bag for durability.

Just Bill
11-02-2015, 11:44
If you like to haul a bucket... it gets even easier if you convert the bucket into a gravity filter (ala Ray Jardine). The Sawyer all in one is a great size for it and you just hang the bucket and 20-30 mins later you can treat a gallon while you do other stuff. It will drip a little but you can simply cut a small hole, sear the edges with a lighter, and use a heavy rubber band or hair tie to secure the bag to the filter if you don't want to sew anything.

Here's a home-made version.

I like to use the 4L or 6L platy tank myself for this kind of stuff as you can lay it in the sun on a rock and it heats easier for a shower if you want. Though that's mainly a canoe thing for me, it works great. put a dark t-shirt or cloth on the floor of the canoe as most of them are a tan or other light color and the water will heat faster.

11-02-2015, 12:24
That Sea to Summit bag is exactly what we use. Very handy.

Note that we are NOT carrying water in the bag itself. We're using it to carry full Sawyer bags back from the spring. Much easier to carry three or four 2-liter bags this way.

11-02-2015, 12:25
I just use my 3 liter Platy bag.

11-02-2015, 13:27
I use an REI Flash Pack for this purpose. It's a little on the heavier side at 11 ounces, but it can turn inside out to double as a stuff sack and it works great as a daypack or for short excursions if you want to leave your pack at camp. I find it to be really comfortable, and I like having shoulder straps to leave my hands free but it might not be what you are looking for.

11-02-2015, 15:52
You could buy something if you want. I'm sort of a tightwad. I figure you could always do what the grocery stores do, double bag. After all they're free, versatile, very lightweight, and easily replaced. Just bring several extras.

Sandy of PA
11-02-2015, 20:22
I punched two holes in the margins of my 2 liter Sawyer bags and tied a string thru them to make a handle. Fill them up, cap them, turn them upside down and carry them back to camp or away from the mosquitos to filter.