A DIY Cap Keeper for your DIY Water Bottle

A DIY Cap Keeper for your DIY Water Bottle: "
Many ultralight hikers forsake the standard-issue Nalgene in favor of disposable plastic water bottles from the likes Aquafina or Gatorade. One nice feature of Nalgenes is that they feature a built in cap keeper (something lacking from the choices available in the soft drink aisle at the supermarket). But fortunately, Gear Talk reader Adam Bailey has come up with this clever way of easily adding a cap keeper to your favorite reincarnated soft drink water bottle.

Like all good DIY gear ideas, you can easily make this cap keeper with things you probably already have laying around the house--in your junk drawer or in your gear closet.

  1. Your water bottle of choice
  2. 8' zip ties
  3. Some paracord
  4. Superglue

Step 1

Gauge the approximate diameter of the cap of the water bottle by wrapping a zip tie around the edge of the cap (don't tighten it all the way).

Step 2
Add superglue to the inside of the zip tie.

Step 3

Tie an overhand knot in one end of the paracord and trap the cord against the cap with the zip tie. Cinch up the zip tie and let the glue dry.

Step 4

Now, trim off the excess of the zip tie and pull the para cord until the knot catches between the zip tie and the cap. Tie a loop knot in the other end of the paracord and loop it around the neck of the bottle. That's it! You're done!

One thing I like about this idea is that while your Gatorade or soda bottle may be disposable, this cap keeper system is not. If your bottle gets so beat up that you finally have to send it off to that great big recycling bin in the sky, you can keep the cap and install it on its replacement. Thanks for sending this in Adam! Others...any tips or tricks for DIY hydration?


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