There are few places in North America where you can safely drink water from a lake or stream. So unless you camp where safe drinking water is readily available, you’d best bring your own. But at about 8 pounds per gallon, water can be a real drag if you have to carry it far. The alternative is to go light and purify what you need.
Learn more in our story from the September-October 2015 issue of Scouting magazine.