Just Your Average Tip: Notch Your Nalgene

Quick tip for you… If you are like me, and cannot ever remember any measurements outside of 8 bits in a byte, 12 inches in a foot, a football field is 100 yards, which in turn is 300 feet (3 feet in a yard)… then simple tricks to help you with measuring are always good!

When you are going to boil water for your mountain house meal on the trail, and you realize that the directions call for 2 cups of water, and, like me, your mind blanks out… having something on your Nalgene will help with this.

Traditional Nalgene bottles (I refer to them as these as I have not been shopping for one in 15 years…) are 1000 ml bottles, and have a measurement in both ml and oz on the side. Take a knife or something else and scrape a mark at the 8oz, 16oz, 24oz, and 32oz markers, as there are 8 oz in a cup.

This tip was one I picked up on my last backpacking trip from my friend… brilliant idea, and, I had to share it.

Here are some liquid measurements to help you out… so you may want to add more to your Nalgene cheat-sheet:

1 teaspoon 1/3 tablespoon 5 ml
1 tablespoon 1/2 fluid ounce 3 teaspoons 15 ml, 15 cc
2 tablespoons 1 fluid ounce 1/8 cup, 6 teaspoons 30 ml, 30 cc
1/4 cup 2 fluid ounces 4 tablespoons 59 ml
1/3 cup 2 2/3 fluid ounces 5 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon 79 ml
1/2 cup 4 fluid ounces 8 tablespoons 118 ml
2/3 cup 5 1/3 fluid ounces 10 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons 158 ml
3/4 cup 6 fluid ounces 12 tablespoons 177 ml
7/8 cup 7 fluid ounces 14 tablespoons 207 ml
1 cup 8 fluid ounces/ 1/2 pint 16 tablespoons 237 ml
2 cups 16 fluid ounces/ 1 pint 32 tablespoons 473 ml
4 cups 32 fluid ounces 1 quart 946 ml
1 pint 16 fluid ounces/ 1 pint 32 tablespoons 473 ml
2 pints 32 fluid ounces 1 quart 946 ml, 0.946 liters
8 pints 1 gallon/ 128 fluid ounces 3785 ml, 3.78 liters
4 quarts 1 gallon/ 128 fluid ounces 3785 ml, 3.78 liters
1 liter 1.057 quarts 1000 ml
1 gallon 128 fluid ounces 3785 ml, 3.78 liters
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