Water Dipper

Cut a small water reservoir in half and use it as a water scoop in small streams

Cut a small water reservoir in half and use it as a water scoop in small streams

Ever want to carry a scooping cup for those tiny pools and barely flowing water sources? You’ve probably also thought “I don’t want to carry another half Smartwater bottle or small cup for that purpose.” Too bulky and too much extra weight for the gram weenies.

Well, here’s a light and refined solution: If you have a sixteen ounce bladder that isn’t getting any use because it’s too small to be practical, cut it in half. Now you have a nearly weightless dipper cup that disappears in your pack when it’s not in use.

This tip was shared by Trail Ambassador Josh Bobcat Stacy. You can follow all of his adventures at on his blog, HoboKitten.

4 Responses to Water Dipper

  1. Daryn June 30, 2014 at 5:51 am #

    Hey that’s a good thought. I have a couple of old water bladders that leak up towards the top where they had been folded for storage and the seams kinda pulled apart. The bottoms are perfect though. Thanks for the tip.

  2. BeeKeeper June 30, 2014 at 10:36 am #

    I use a Capri Sun for the same purpose. Just cut off close to top, don’t worry about the straw hole. There is plastic covering the hole; cut off the plastic on both sides of the hole and you’ll be good to go. It has a accordion bottom making for a nice size scoop.

  3. Tom Clark July 12, 2014 at 7:27 am #

    Agreed, great idea. Filling bladders in low flowing streams can be a pain. I also use a small plastic drink pouch with the top cut off. It’s super light and cheap! It can also be a backup if I lose the mixing cap for my Aqua Mira

  4. Brady August 8, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

    Great idea, I use a Tyvek envelope cup for the same thing. The stiffness of this style sounds nice, sometimes the Tyvek’s inherent flexibility is a hindrence for scooping when I’d rather leave the debris on the bottom of the water source.

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