How To Install a Hydration Bladder in a Backpack 

 July 15, 2022

By  Diane Wuthrich

Having quick and easy access to a hydration bladder is essential for long treks and hikes. However, not all backpacks have them though hydration bladders can be purchased separately. But what’s the proper way of installing the bladder into the backpack?

Placing a hydration bladder in a backpack is easy. First, find a suitable location which is spacious enough to contain the bladder but also convenient to access. Next, attach the hydration bladder, ensuring that it’s aligned with a harness. Clip it in place, ensuring there are no knots, and test it.

It’s fairly simple, but understanding the details required in each step is recommended. Learn more by reading below.

Installing a Hydration Bladder in a Backpack

A hydration bladder is a convenient way of making sure you get to drink water efficiently while you’re out on the trails. Installing one into your backpack is extremely easy to do, and it doesn’t require any technical skills.

What You’ll Need

A hydration bladder is the only tool you’ll need to complete installation. Here are some recommendations that are available on Amazon (we earn a small commission if your links lead to a purchase, which goes to helping maintain this website so that readers like you can obtain helpful information):

-   A hydration bladder, which should be chosen based on its capacity and the compatibility of its size with your backpack:

-   A backpack, preferably one made for hiking:


Below are some general guidelines to help you install many hydration bladders into a backpack. However, always be sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions to be sure.

  1. Determine the right location for the hydration bladder within the backpack. One of the backpack’s exterior side pockets, or any other strategically-placed pocket that’s spacious yet snug enough for the bladder, is ideal.
  2. Put the hydration bladder in, ensuring that the hose exit is located at the bottom.
  3. Align the bladder with a harness, such as a chest harness, then clip it in place. This step is important since the bladder must be secure along the harness, otherwise it may swing as you walk or run.
  4. Check that the drinking tube is in place and doesn’t have any knots or other obstacles that prevent the water from reaching your mouth.
  5. When everything is in place, it’s time to test the bladder before you set out on your adventure. This will help you identify and fix any kinks before you head outdoors. Sip through the hose and if the water flows smoothly to your mouth, then it’s all good.


As you can see, installing a hydration bladder to a backpack is easy. There’s only a few steps required, but don’t forget to always check the manufacturer’s directions.

About the author

Diane is our head writer and researcher for our backpack informational content. Her everyday carry is a Herschel.

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