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Hot Water Bottles?
« on: January 10, 2017, 05:59:12 PM »
New topic for me that doesn't involve border towns! This one is more of a general topic anyhow. As a Cub Scout/Boy Scout parent, there is lots of cold weather camping. We'll be doing a fair amount in the camper as well in the coming months. For the Northerners among us I should clarify and say "cold weather camping" means nights might reach 30 degrees - I'm a Native Texan from Houston, so I'm a weather wimp.

Has anyone ever made their own hot water bottles using a cheap bottle? I could buy new shiny hot water bottles, but I like the idea of using an old Powerade bottle or something to toss in the bottom of the sleeping bags to get it warmed up. I've done some googling, but haven't really found anything other than the same repeated tip about a particular brand name bottle that would cost more than a new rubber hot water bottle and cover.

Any neat suggestions out there about hot water (or coffee) in a metal bottle wrapped in a sock or perhaps a Powerade bottle with hot water?
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Re: Hot Water Bottles?
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2017, 07:18:56 PM »
We use hot water bottles in both the bunkends at night. They are AWESOME! We fill them up
with almost boiling water close them up tight and stick them under the blankets by our feet.
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Re: Hot Water Bottles?
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2017, 07:20:41 PM »
You can also use them as ice packs and when they're warm as a heating pad for sore muscles or sprained ankles etc or anything that could happen out there. So they are handy for more than just warming your toes


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Re: Hot Water Bottles?
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2017, 08:02:39 PM »
Do you get the covers for them also? Or just use the red rubber bottle?
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Re: Hot Water Bottles?
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2017, 08:39:22 PM »
I would run a test on any bottle you are planning to use to make sure you don't get cold feet and wet blankets before trusting it on a cold night.
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Re: Hot Water Bottles?
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2017, 09:52:22 AM »
I am not a weather wimp, I live in Winnipeg, Canada so we do some cold weather camping. I have used empty 2-litre plastic pop bottles with great success. They are cheap (free if you drink the pop) and never leak. Fill them with hot water from the campground bathroom or boil your own. They stay warm for at least half the night.
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Re: Hot Water Bottles?
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2017, 09:22:57 PM »
Do you get the covers for them also? Or just use the red rubber bottle?

No I don't have the covers. Just the bottle.

PS The ones I have posted the link to have never leaked.


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Re: Hot Water Bottles?
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2017, 10:06:34 PM »
So here is an idea for the powerade  bottles. If you want some extra spill proof security put some cling wrap on the mouth of the bottle then tighten the cap over it ....I'm warm blooded but I may try that for the wife and kids.

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Re: Hot Water Bottles?
« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2017, 10:42:14 AM »
I would stick with bottles intended to contain carbonated beverages, as matwiyj said.  They should handle the possible pressure changes better.
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Re: Hot Water Bottles?
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2017, 11:55:12 AM »
I just use a regular hot water bottle in the bottom of my sleeping bag.  I wanted something that was soft so it would be more comfortable if I was to kick it.  Also was thinking I could use it for my body aches after a long hike.  A regular water bottle will loose the heat too fast. 
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Re: Hot Water Bottles?
« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2017, 01:36:26 PM »
So the wife coming from Ireland, uses a hot water bottle also.. I thought it rather odd, but that is just me.. Tried to get her to use the electric blanket but she claims that is to hot for her..she likes the regular hot water bottle with a cover on it..I must admit now that a hot water bottle can take away the aches in ones bod, just as jmkay1 says, after being out in the cold all day..So now I don't mind when I see her get that thing out. oh yes it is quite soft when you kick it.
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Re: Hot Water Bottles?
« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2017, 02:05:29 PM »
I always camping with Nalgen bottles. I usually bring 2-3 of them on troop camping trips. I would heat water and fill them up and toss them in my sleeping bag. I know they will not leak!!! The in the morning I have water to drink!
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Re: Hot Water Bottles?
« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2017, 02:39:06 PM »
Way back in my scouting days, we used to warm rocks by the fire and then put them in a sock to throw in the bottom of the sleeping bag.  I have no memory if they worked but I know they didn't leak.

These days I'm using a bottle of Bourbon.....a few by the fire before bedtime and I fall asleep without feeling the cold   [:D].   As a matter of fact, I don't really feel anything except the occasional elbow in the ribs from the DW to stop the snoring!

Personally -  I would worry about any repurposed beverage bottle leaking due to the hot/cold expansion thing.....
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Re: Hot Water Bottles?
« Reply #13 on: January 12, 2017, 03:57:49 PM »
Cold nights in a sleeping bag, I would urinate into a Gatorade bottle and keep it in the bag to help keep me warm. Leak checked prior to trip!
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Re: Hot Water Bottles?
« Reply #14 on: January 12, 2017, 04:29:01 PM »
Cold nights in a sleeping bag, I would urinate into a Gatorade bottle and keep it in the bag to help keep me warm. Leak checked prior to trip!

I'm not quite this hard core just yet! LOL
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