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View Poll Results: Do you pack an extra cap or lid for any of the containers that you carry?
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I'm considering doing so - now that I think about it. 1 12.50%
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Old 02-05-2015, 12:08 PM
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Caps / Lids

Do you pack an extra cap or lid for any of the containers that you carry?

For example, perhaps you carry a spare cap for a water bottle or collapsible container.

This might be considered as unnecessary, by those who don't carry spares, but some backpackers have been thankful to get out another cap when one rolled off a mountain or fell into a crevice.

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Old 02-06-2015, 01:35 PM
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I would say it depends upon the length of the trip. If it were an extended trip, I would consider an extra. I have always been extremely careful with my lids, but stuff happens.

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Old 02-06-2015, 09:50 PM
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One Man's Junk...'nother Man's Treasure

Actually, this sort of situation happened on my last AT section hike.
In my gear are two one liter bottles for treating H2O with Aqua Mira.
It takes about 15 to 30 minutes to treat the water before drinking.
So, at a water source I'll camel up on the left over water in my bottles before treating more.
At one stop I happened to misplace one of the bottle caps.
Near by I noticed a discarded plastic bottle cap imbedded in the dirt.
I cleaned it off in the stream and by a stroke of luck found that it fit my bottle.

If I did carry a spare cap I'd most likely have it do double duty.
A few holes drilled in it turns a water bottle into a make shift shower.
The holes could be covered with a piece of duct tape for regular no leak us.
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Old 02-06-2015, 11:39 PM
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I primarily posted about this to see how many hikers here actually carry spare caps or would consider doing so.

The cap for the typical (disposable) water bottle that I carry weighs 0.02 oz (0.7g), and wouldn't take up any otherwise needed space in my pack.

I think I've only lost a cap one time (off a cliff) in all the years I've been hiking, so it's certainly not common enough to require carrying a spare.

On a trip where it was likely that I'd have to carry extra water for at least a portion of the trip, I've carried a lightweight, spare (empty) water container (which includes a cap) - to be filled before hiking a dry area.

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Old 02-07-2015, 09:57 AM
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I don't normally and its bit me in the past. I really should but its one of those little things that slips my mind.
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