Introduction: Duct Tape Hydration Pack on the Cheap!

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Heres a little 'ible on how to make a Duct Tape Hydration pack on the cheap instead of going and buying a camleback which usually cost upwards of 100 dollars.

Step 1: Materials!

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You'll need a roll of duct tape (Duhh!!!)
and you'll need a water bladder, hose, and nozzle from a camleback.  Now i'm using parts from an old hydration pack, but you can buy your parts online.  They may cost a fair amount, but trust me, its all much cheaper than buying an actual camleback.
Heres a really cheap bladder online that i found -

Step 2: Time to Cover Up!

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First, to properly cover the bladder with Duct Tape you must inflate the bladder for a sort of "template".  If you dont inflate it and cover it while its empty, it wont expand when you fill it!  So, inflate the bladder, and block the air flow.  Cover the bladder throughly  with Duct Tape, leaving holes for the filling hole and hose hole.  I added a handle for hand carrying.

Step 3: Backpack Straps!

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Now, add backpack straps.  Take a piece of duct tape that is long enough and fold it in half to make it not sticky.  Adjust, add, or snip off some tape to make it fit you well. then attach using a strip of duct tape.  Also, i added a little holder for the strap so it doest fall when you let go of the nozzle.

Step 4: All Finished!

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Now, put it on and fill it up! as shown, mine fits me like a glove.  And there ya have it, a camleback on the cheap! thanks for tuning in folks!


greaser97 (author)2014-10-24

Cool idea!! Saves a ton of monies

Xixfas (author)2013-08-23

camelbaks do not cost upward of 100 dollars....

Akask (author)2012-01-09

This is pretty cool, but the problem is that this will cost around $40 in materials, when the other day I saw a camelback knockoff for $25 at a sporting goods store.

bobert610 (author)Akask2012-01-11

True. I only made this one because i had an old one that had been worn down, and when i got a new one it just sat around. SO. i decided to make something out of the usable parts.

Mr. Potato Head (author)2010-11-29

This might be just the ticket for recycling Grandma's old colostomy bags. I really hate to throw them out, but I haven't been able to come up with a good way to reuse them. I'll post my own Instructable once I've done some testing and worked out the details.


Btw, I once made IV bags using vacuum sealer bags with fish tank tubing and Shoo Goo. It was for a dummy IV practice arm I once made for school, not for any patient(s).

So after seeing this, I'm wondering if one were to use a bag wrapped in duct tape (to help make it "secure") and glue tubing in using something safer than shoo goo.

One could probably even link two or more bags into a series of bags (using a sealer) to make a larger one if necessary?

Just a thought.

bobert610 (author)siafulinux2011-11-10

that would definitely work

You can give them to me or sell them for cheap. They are such a rip-off.

unojo08 (author)Mr. Potato Head2011-02-25

Please tell me those aren't used...

ok cool! i look forward to seeing them

tinker234 (author)2011-06-26

wow this could be cool to use for water

grenfrow (author)2011-03-24

why dont you just buy an extra bladder and use a plastic home depot t valve to split your bladders into one tube

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