A filter water bottle gives you control over your own health & safety, helps you to save money and reduces single-use plastic.
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Every traveller needs drinking water, while the world definitely needs less plastic.
Most travellers rely on buying bottled water, especially when travelling outside of westernized countries. They’re able, in some cases to buy larger bottles or 5-10 litres and then decant that into smaller bottles for daily use.
Some hostels and hotels even provide bottled water refills.
But there’s nothing like having control over your own health and safety and that’s why a reusable filter water bottle makes an ideal gift for travellers.
A filter water bottle lets the traveller avoid buying bottled water while enjoying the safety of fresh, good tasting water that won’t make them sick.
The best filter water bottles will remove Giardia and Cryptosporidium from untreated or contaminated water as well as other bugs which can cause nasty gastrointestinal diseases.
If the traveller in your life is a hiker or outdoors person and their water sources are rivers or streams, then a filter water bottle can clean that up for you too!
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There are many varieties and brands of filter water bottles – each having different pros and cons – its best to identify the type of traveller and then find the best filter water bottle for them
Filter water bottles will also filter out bad tastes from water – so the water might be safe to drink, but it’s highly chlorinated filter water bottles will take the nasty taste away too.
Buying your traveller a filter water bottle will also help them save money. With no need to buy expensive bottled water, this is a gift that continues to give throughout your traveller’s life.
Most good filter water bottles come with replaceable filters, meaning the bottle has a very long life!
Numbeo lists the costs of bottled water in different countries and will be able to show you how much can be saved using a filter water bottle.
Aside from health and costs, filter water bottles help by reducing the amount of single-use plastic. Between 8 and 12 millions of tons of plastic end up in the ocean each year.
Even in countries that do recycle their plastic, nowhere near close to 100% of plastic bottles end up being recycled. Giving a traveller a reusable filter water bottle helps the environment too!
Read also: Best products to reduce single-use plastic.
There are many varieties of filter water bottles available. Basic filter water bottles will filter out bad tastes, but not touch bugs.
The best filter water bottles will remove bugs and other nasties from contaminated water – some even come with different filter types depending on the type of water you’re drinking.
There are even those travellers, who filter water before they boil it to make the perfect cup of tea or mug of coffee – having removed strange local tastes from the water first.
Filter water bottles are easy to clean and keep hygienic – you just treat them the same way that you do any bottle or mug that you use to drink water from!