Top Water Bottle Carriers and Packs for Walking and Jogging

Drink when thirsty! That's the rule of thumb for a walk of any length. Carrying your own water or sports drink is the surest way to be able to drink when thirsty. These packs and carriers allow you to take along a water bottle. What I look for in a pack are reflective elements for safety, a strap to attach my jacket, and the right amount of storage for my length of walk.

Ultimate Direction Access 20

Ultimate Direction Access 20
Ultimate Direction Access 20. Courtesy of

Ultimate Direction has been making great hydration waist packs for many years. The angled water bottle holster for quick access to the 20-oz. bottle. It has reflective piping for night safety. It has a smartphone-compatible pocket with an interior divider so you can organize your essentials and snack.The bungee cord will hold a light jacket or other items you need to stash. The water bottle has a Kicker Valve for easier access without leakage and a thumb loop for quick grabbing. Buy from Amazon »

Orange Mud HydraQuiver

Orange Mud Single HydraQuiver
Orange Mud Single HydraQuiver. Wendy Bumgardner ©

If you don't like wearing something on your waist, this minimalist pack lets your carry your water and essentials on your back. You have handy access to your bottle. But even better, there are two stretchy pockets on the shoulder straps that can hold your phone, energy snacks, and more. The zippered pocket in back holds even more essentials and has a security key clip. It also has eyelets for adding shock cord to tie down your jacket or other essentials. Buy from Amazon »

Nathan Mercury 2 Hydration Belt

Nathan Mercury 2 Hydration Belt
Nathan Mercury 2 Hydration Belt. © Nathan Sports

This minimalist hydration belt carries two 10 ounce flasks on a breathable neoprene belt. It has an iPhone-compatible stretch mesh zip pocket and reflective trim for safety. Go light but have what you need - water and/or sports drink and your essentials. Buy from Amazon »

Hold Your Water Bottle Holder

Hold Your Water
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Use this holder to clip a water bottle to your waistband or belt. If you're wearing a waistpack that doesn't have a bottle holder, this is an easy way to add one. The Hold Your Water holder has a spring clip that will fit over a belt up to 2-inches wide. The stiff plastic back holds the water bottle upright. You add the bottle into the elastic holder. It works best with a 16 to 20 oz. water bottle. Buy from Amazon »


Aquaclip. Wendy Bumgardner ©
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Forget the pack, you say? You just want some way to attach a bottle of water or soft drink to your belt? The Aquaclip does it -- simply slip onto the neck of the bottle and clip it on your belt. This is also an easy way to add a bottle when your favorite pack doesn't have a bottle carrier. My husband and male walking buddies love the Aquaclip.

Camelbak Delaney

Camelbak Delaney
Camelbak Delaney. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

The Delaney is designed for speed. It comes with a 21-ounce Podium Chill bottle, which is a squeezable BPA-free plastic bottle. It has a small essentials zip pocket. The pack is made with perforated foam for comfort and breath-ability. It has front and back reflective piping for safety. Buy from Amazon »

Nathan Peak Waist Pack Hydration Belt

Nathan Peak Hydration Belt
Nathan Peak Hydration Belt. © Nathan Sports

The Peak features Nathan's 18 ounce "Ergological" SpeedDraw Flask in an insulated bottle holder. The belt is bounce-free. I like the zippered stretch pocket for your essentials. Best of all, it has a shock cord for attaching other necessary items that don't fit into the pocket. Buy from Amazon »

Fuel Belt

Fuel Belt MP3
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If you are into the energy gel thing, or want to carry a variety of water and sports drinks, this belt has four 7-oz flasks and a handy pocket for your other necessities. Two water, 1 sports drink, 1 gel? Whatever combo you want. Buy from Amazon »

Amphipod Full Tilt

Amphipod Full Tilt
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The Amphipod Full Tilt system is contoured to fit snugly into your lumbar area with no bouncing and is easy to wear under a jacket. The 20 oz. water bottle is contoured and fits securely in its sleeve. It is surrounded top and bottom by zippered pouches to carry small essentials. Fast walkers and racewalkers would find this style excellent for moving with their body. Buy from Amazon »

Nathan Triangle Waist Pack

Nathan Triangle Waist Pack
Nathan Triangle Waist Pack. Courtesy of

This pack has a slanted, insulated bottle holder with a water bottle. The zippered compartment is big enough for ID but too small for most cell phones. It has an elastic retention strap for the water bottle and reflective trim. It comes in a variety of colors. Buy from Amazon »

Mountainsmith Dart

Mountainsmith Dart

Just my water and my keys, please. This waistpack is perfect for going light. It has a slanted water bottle holder for quick and easy access, and a small zippered pocket for your ID, keys, and other small essentials. Buy from Amazon »

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