Thru-Hiking 101: Measuring Cup Hacks

Convert your Cooking Pot into an Ultralight Measuring Cup

When cooking, it is important to know how much water you need for a specific recipe.  But you don’t need to carry a measuring cup on the trail if you have a cooking pot. I like to mark the outside of my backpacking pot in 1 cup increments with a permanent Sharpie™ marker. This makes it easy to get about the right amount of water into the pot for cooking.

Step 1:

Use an actual measuring cup to measure 1 cup of water and pour it into your cooking pot.

Step 2:

See where 1 cup of water measures in your cooking pot and carefully mark a line on the outside of your pot with a Sharpie™ marker. 

Hack: Mark the Handle of Your Spoon

For more precise measurements you can mark the handle of your spoon with a Sharpie™ marker. So instead of approximating your measurement you will get an exact reading.

Mark your spoon at 1/2 cup and 1 cup

Mark your spoon at 2 cups, 3 cups, etc.