I was given one of these water containers as a gift and I like it . I camp a lot in the late fall , winter and early spring . Where we camp has no services of any kind , it's strictly primitive . I use mostly 5 gallon food grade buckets for drinking water stowage and regular 5 gal buckets for cleaning and showering . I place this on the table , now I don't have to worry about all of those plastic bottles making garbage and I can fill my canteens / water bottles for the daily hunt . It folds up and stows easily taking up less space than a 5 gal bucket . Yes we drive in set up camp and bring everything including a camp shower / privy loo and we haul everything out including trash , no garbage services too . It would be good for hiking if you were setting up a camp but if you think you are going hiking with this container full just remember it will weigh in at about 42 pounds . It is a great product for emergency water too . It can be used with CHLOR FLOC for purifying large amounts of water , but you'll need another 5 gal container for the treated water . CHLOR FLOC , as sold here at Camping Survival , will treat 8 gallons of water . The CHLOR FLOC in individual packets each will treat one quart / one liter of water . The CHLOR FLOC set comes with 30 individual packets and a very nice pocket fitting zippered pouch in woodland camo pattern . So to treat 5 gallons of water you'll need to use 20 packets , 4 per gallon . If i were going to the woods for an extended stay , yes I would bring this water container ( 2 of them ) and the CHLOR FLOC ( several sets ) . But i wouldn't carry it full , LOL , , . KEEP OUR ENVIROMENT CLEAN , ANOTHER PLANET IS HARD TO FIND . Remember safety starts before the hike .