I’m somewhat of a minimalist when it comes to hiking, backpacking, or any other outdoor activities. I prefer to use gear that fills more than one purpose, thus making my kit lighter and less complex. I’ve been on countless hikes into the woods and usually find myself digging around in my pack for that one thing I though I wouldn’t need, especially if I have one or both of my kids with me. I’ve tried belt pouches, but I prefer not to have things hanging from my belt. I hate trying to dig through a small belt pouch that is barely large enough to get my hand inside which usually leads to just dumping the contents out to find what I need.
When it comes to my water bottles I try to keep those as simple as possible. Yeah I know, how complex can a water bottle be, right? Well if I’m going on a longer full day hike into the woods I try to have some type of water purification system on me. In the military I learned a trick, which was to duct tape water purification tabs to the side of my canteen; I still do that to this day with my Nalgene water bottles. I’ve also tried water bottles with filters build in, but I don’t really like those. I’ve used the Bear Grylls canteen for a few years now and honestly really like it. I have water purification tabs duct taped to the outside of the canteen and in the pocket of the canteen pouch I keep salt caps for re-hydration purposes if I’m sweating a lot.
I recently came across a new startup that is manufacturing a lid that fits your standard Nalgene, Klean Kanteen, and HydroFlask water bottles. What is unique about this lid is that it provides storage for those small essential items. The name chosen for the lid is the PACE Lid. PACE stands for (Primary, Alternate, Contingent, and Emergency). For those of you military guys that will sound very familiar. In the Marine Corps they constantly drilled into us being prepared and having multiple contingency plans. The theory behind the PACE lid is to have a place to keep those needed items in the event something unexpected happens and you need to deviate from the original plan.
How about when you go the gym or to your local trail for a run. I almost always have to figure out what the heck to do with my car keys. I don’t like to put them in my pocket as they may fall out while running. I also don’t like hiding my key somewhere around the car for somebody else to find it. Typically I’ll have my water bottle with me anyway. With the PACE lid I now have a place to store my car keys and drivers license.
PACE Lid has created a Kickstarter page to raise the capital needed to mass produce these lids. If you spend any time out in the woods, at the gym working out, or running this is worth a look. If you like what you see contribute to the company and get your very own PACE Lid.
(featured image courtesy of the PACE lid Kickstarter page)