This review post is in conjunction with Water-to-Go – a travel water bottle product I’ve been recently testing, highly recommend and which is now part of my staple travel kit. You can purchase this product here, and when using the special code BECKI20, Backpacker Becki readers will SAVE 20% off their total purchase.
It’s hard enough to remember to drink a lot of water when you are on the go, let alone not being able to rely on tap water abroad – a luxury we all too often take for granted when we are at home.
While bottled water isn’t that difficult to find when travelling, overtime it’s costly, not to mention damaging to the environment. If using local water sources, it’s inconvenient sometimes to wait the 25 minutes plus needed for water purification tablets to take effect (and some taste nasty).
When I met the team behind the new Water-to-Go travel product at the Adventure Travel show in London earlier this year, I knew immediately I wanted to work with them. I’ve seen many US travel water bottle brands of the same standard and similar technology, but nothing quite like this in Europe.
Why is this filtered travel water bottle different?
Water-to-Go has a unique filtration system – a patented NASA developed technology that is different to the carbon activated filters used in other travel water bottles – that removes up to 99.9% of contaminants. You are probably thinking, “carbon what?” so here’s the science bit. While carbon filters take out most sediment and other nasty materials, Water-to-Go’s technology goes a little further in removing other dangerous chemicals like chlorine & fluoride, metals such as lead, disease carrying bacteria like giardia & cryptosporidium and skin inducing viruses like Hep A. For someone with a weak stomach like me, this is a very reassuring component of the product.
What water sources can you use with this filtration system?
A curious (and somewhat dubious) geek, I watched as the team at the show filled the bottles with the murkiest, muddiest water, only for it to trickle out of the bottle clear and clean. I have no fear on doing the same, anywhere. You can pretty much fill your bottle everywhere – from public washrooms and foreign apartment taps, as well as more natural sources like puddles, and streams. Basically everything except salty sea water, because it damages the filter.
How much is the Water-to-Go travel water bottle?
One bottle costs £24.95, and if you use this everyday like I do, it means you make your money back within a matter of days. You are also helping to reduce plastic waste, which is priceless. The bottle includes one filter that needs only to be replaced after every 200 litres of water consumed. Should you use your travel water bottle regularly, this is akin to a period of around three months – a VERY cost effective option when on the road.
My main gripe is that the filter can be a little noisy when you drink from it, but this has happened with other filter travel water bottles I have tried. Overall, it really isn’t a huge deal and you can wobble the bottom of the filter to reduce the sound or get rid of it completely. Also, as much as I love my white bottle, I hope to see a range of funky colour options, which I have heard are currently in development.
WIN a Water-to-Go travel water bottle!
I’ve got two of the stylish black Water-to-Go travel water bottles to give away to two lucky readers – a perfect addition to the backpacks of avid adventures and ramblers always on the go.
All you have to do is enter by the simple mechanic below and tell me in the comments what you think of this product, why you want one and the most obscure place you are thinking of testing it out! I’ve filled up from a stream and many public taps, but I’m looking forward to using it in more remote places where I will need it most.
Armed with a water supply while covering the May Day protests in Istanbul, Turkey