Adventurous traveling families need a lot of equipment to keep safe and comfortable. For outdoorsy types, one essential piece of equipment is a good hydraton pack. But there are so many out there meant to fit different body types and needs. So how do you find the right one for you?

Review of Unigear Hydration Packs for Family Adventure Getaways

Testing out the Unigear Hydration backpack | Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Hydration Packs for Family Adventure Getaways

Having adventurous and competitive sons and husband has turned my life into an interesting journey. It’s also one that involves a lot of buying equipment and following my family to one race after the other almost every weekend.

This lifestyle has allowed us to try a large number of products, including hydration backpacks. We decided that three stood above the rest.

As they grow up, kids start finding their own passions and hobbies. In the case of my two sons, they have both loved rock climbing from a young age and are now getting into competitive mountain biking. This has led the whole family on small tours all over Guatemala (where we live) for competitions. We hope to start being able to go to some international ones soon.

If you are a mom of kids who are into any sport, you know that this involves a lot of buying equipment as well as a lot of trial and error until everyone finds what serves them best. After a little over a year of trying different brands for my sons and husband (who is also competing), we finally found the perfect hydration packs for the needs of each of them.


Mountain biking is more than a hobby. It is a lifestyle. An outdoors, back country, full of nature life style. This means that you have to consider every last detail, including hydration. Following is a list of our favorites and what makes them so great for biking and traveling.

My Favorite 3 Hydration Packs for Family Adventure Getaways

1. Platypus

Years ago, back when Platypus was a small company offering foldable water containers, I purchased one that lasted for a couple of years. So when it came to searching for a good camelback style backpack that my husband could take with him to races, I knew I had to check back to see if they made one. Fortunately, they did.

After looking at the options, we went for the SIOUXON 10 Hydration Pack. We really like it because the water bladder is made of a durable material and easy to seal. It also has a mesh panel on the back, allowing it to breathe. This is awesome when racing because it won’t make you overheat or dehydrate due to excessive sweating.

There are also pockets where can store some fruit and energy bars. This is a must because, if you put on a backpack, you don’t don’t get yo use the back bags of your maillot.

Review of Platypus Hydration Packs for Family Adventure Getaways

Our Platypus Hydration Pack ready for a Family Adventure | Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

2. Geigerrig

This is the one I use. It is is my best partner for attending races and taking my kids to their training sessions.

Something that not a lot of people know about going to these races is that they also involve walking around trails, looking for a safe and good space for photos. Training sessions for kids also involve a lot of hiking. Plus, when you’re traveling to all corners of Guatemala, having water with you is a must. You never know if you will be able to find a store with bottled water.

I used to take my water bottle with me, but I felt like I needed to have my hands free for the camera.

Those were my main reasons for getting a hydration pack, but when I found the RIG 1200 Ocean Blue and learned that this hydration bladder came with the Aquamira water filter, I knew it had to be mine. Now I can practically refill it anywhere.

Once you fill the water bladder and put it in place, there is still tons of space for a sweater, glasses, wallet, snacks and even for my camera.

Review of Geigerrig Hydration Packs for Family Adventure Getaways

Setting up the Geigerrig Hydration backpack before biking. | Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

3. Unigear

We bought their hydration pack for my older son, who is competing in the larger routes. But as soon as it came in the mail, a crazy fight between my sons started. They both liked it and wanted it.

At first, I thought I would convince the younger to give it up, saying that it didn’t fit him. But it did. It only needed to be adjusted with the straps.  So instead we had to make a deal on how to use it. My older son will use it for races and my younger for training (since he races a lot less than the older one).

But trust me, a second one is on its way. Even with the agreement, things are still tense over it.

Just as with the others, an important feature of the pack is that it has extra space for race food. The water reservoir that it comes with is for three liters.

As I mentioned previously, these have worked wonders for us when we go hiking towards some rock wall for climbing, or when my sons and husband go on a long training session or for competitions. But that doesn’t mean that they are the only good ones out there.

If you have any other recommendations, leave a comment so we can all learn and maybe try them.

My Favorite 3 Hydration Packs for Family Adventure Getaways

My Favorite 3 Hydration Packs for Family Adventure Getaways – Product Review | Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom