On the hiking trail – handy hydration and a comfy “Skort”

Cistern Backpack from LL Bean

What’s in your backpack?  I’ve discovered on a day hike, what I want most is a hydration system so that I can get water when I want it without stopping to get out a water bottle.  It helps if the backpack is comfortable and has room for what I need—sun screen, bug repellent, an extra layer, snacks  and rain gear.

Water bladder for Cistern Backpack
Water bladder for Cistern Backpack

That’s why I love my L.L. Bean Women’s Cistern Hydration Pack  built with  padded shoulders that are designed for a woman’s body.  The moisture-wicking back panel is a nice touch, including a see-through panel to see how much water you have left. (The pouch holds two liters  $89.95.)

Comfort Trail Skort from LL Bean
Comfort Trail Skort from LL Bean

On a recent trip to Colorado, I used the pack daily, hiking in my comfy L.L. Bean Comfort Trail Skort. It’s stretchy, quick drying, moisture-wicking and even protects from UV rays.  I could fit my phone in one of the zippered pockets and other essentials, like lip balm and a bandana, in others.  The best part: It’s cute enough to wear off the trail!

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