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    I've only done this once earlier this year in Feb or March winter camping. The average high for the day was 19 F, probably around 0 at night. I did make one slight change to the plain 'ol hot water in the Nalgene though. I added a half pack of Jello. It was amazing! I drank some hot Jello before I went to bed, then tossed the bottle back in the bag. In the morning it was cold, but I got to eat Jello for Breakfast! I'd imagine it'd be easier to eat if you had a soft sided container, you could just squeeze it out! Granted I'd never do it during the spring, summer or fall due to the much higher probability of dealing with a bear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delvehound View Post
    I've only done this once earlier this year in Feb or March winter camping. The average high for the day was 19 F, probably around 0 at night. I did make one slight change to the plain 'ol hot water in the Nalgene though. I added a half pack of Jello. It was amazing! I drank some hot Jello before I went to bed, then tossed the bottle back in the bag. In the morning it was cold, but I got to eat Jello for Breakfast! I'd imagine it'd be easier to eat if you had a soft sided container, you could just squeeze it out! Granted I'd never do it during the spring, summer or fall due to the much higher probability of dealing with a bear.
    I also imagine if it had leaked in the bag, I would be a saaadd Panda. lol

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    The jello is a great idea. Will have to try it

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    Having done this a few times (hard nalgene bottle, in my foot box since I have a 3/4UQ), one of the best parts is having non-frozen water to cook breakfast with when you wake up without having to go to the local water source.

    I love the jello idea! Not a huge fan of jello, but the fore thought is excellent!

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    Great tip Preacha Man! As per Roadtorque's questions I'd like to hear the responses as well?

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    Sweet thread.thanks for tips

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    this past weekend i made hot water bottles out of the ozarka 20oz bottled water. brought the water to a boil and poured it back in the bottle. quickly found out that the boiling water causes the plastic water bottle to shrink to about 3/4 the size of its original size. luckily i didnt top the bottles off and the tops were still water tight. from now on, i think i will use my nalgene or stainless bottles just in case

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    Ive heard of people doing this while camping, but have neve tried it. It does sound like a good idea though and a simple way to warm. wncsar

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    Re: Using A Hot Water Bottle To Stay Warm

    It works with out question... just a big warning if you use stainless steel bottles make sure you insulate them and make sure it doesn't come off, would be a rough burn, and a lousy remainder to a trip

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    Quote Originally Posted by sniperbait View Post
    I'm in the army and have been using my plastic water canteen for a hot water bottle for years whenever it gets really cold. However I can only do this when we are non tactical! It's just a case of boiling my water in my jetboil and throwing the bottle down to the botton of my sleeping bag and enjoy warm toes until I fall asleep.
    +1

    This is what I used (see pic) last Friday night. Put boiling water in about 9 and it was hot til about 3 am, when I started drinking nice warm water. The fleece cover keeps it nice and warm a lot longer and keeps me from getting burned when it touches my hands.
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