If you are ever unsure about the safety of your water, boil it. Boiling water is a reliable way to make sure the tap water you are drinking and using is safe. Bringing water to a rolling boil for at least 1 minute kills bacteria and viruses that can cause diseases. After letting the water cool, you can use it for drinking and cooking. If you’ve ever experienced a boil water advisory, you know this isn’t the most realistic solution for potable water while traveling. But, if you are in a pinch, boiling water is a reliable solution.
Always carry a refillable water bottle, so you have reliable access to clean water. Simply, fill up your bottle before you head out to explore! If you can’t trust the water at your hotel or vacation home, invest in a water bottle that also filters the water. Water bottles like LifeStraw or GRAYL, are designed to filter water on the go and can come in handy on a hike, or in more rural areas where the water quality is questionable. Plus, using a refillable water bottle reduces your waste and carbon footprint!
If you do need to buy a water, opt for carbonated water. The fizzy bubbles indicate the bottle is factory sealed and has not been re-filled with tap water by the vendor.
If you’re staying somewhere for an extended amount of time, it’s great to bring your own counter top filtration system! Small, portable water filtration units, are perfect when renting a house or traveling via camper or RV. Not buying cases of plastic water bottles saves you money and reduces waste!
It’s not just drinking water you need to be careful about consuming. Brush your teeth with filtered water and be careful not to open your mouth while in the shower! If you’re unsure of the water quality while out and about, stay on the safe side and order your drinks without ice.
Remember, it’s easy to get dehydrated while traveling. Lots of walking, staying outdoors and the persistent temptation to grab a glass of rose all contribute to dehydration. Always have your water bottle handy! Grab coconut water over sugary drinks and snack on fruits and veggies to help your body stay hydrated.