Purchasing a Travel Water Bottle? Try Water-to-Go – A New and Unique Offering to the Travel Gear Market

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.

Water-to-Go travel water bottle

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.

Any downsides?

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.

May Day Protests, Taksim Square, Istanbul, Turkey

Armed with a water supply while covering the May Day protests in Istanbul, Turkey

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  1. says

    I would absolutely LOVE one of these – I get ill whenever I travel and am always the one with a sensitive stomach. It’s so frustrating because I am also the one who travels the most in my family. I would love to be able to drink the water on holiday, when I am always on the go, without fear of getting sick. Especially on my travels next year which will see me backpacking around South East Asia, visiting family in Mauritius and travelling around Africa, possibly into India – all places where I would be a little worried about water quality! Keeping my fingers crossed! xx

  2. Sarah says

    The Water-to-Go bottle sounds amazing and is definitely a useful tool for travelers and people who are often outdoors for long periods of time. This type of bottle would be perfect for travelling through Asia and that’s exactly what I intent to do if I win this bottle. I’ve been living in China for two years and I’ve traveled extensively throughout SE Asia. Having to buy a new water bottle every few hours is definitely time consuming and it can be expensive. If I win this Water-to-Go bottle, I would first test it with the tap water in my apartment in China, but I would also take it with me when I travel to Vietnam in September. :)

  3. says

    Wow, this looks awesome! I usually end up with random bottles that I’ve had to buy at some point floating around in my backpack that I fill up but having a decent one with me so I didn’t need to buy more water. It would be awesome to take around Asia with me when I eventually get there, and for this summer would be great for Eastern Europe, too, particularly hiking around Triglav National Park in Slovenia.

    • Polona says

      Hey Sammi, I read your post and I see you are planning hiking around Triglav National Park. I’m from sLOVEnia. The Park is really beautiful. I recommend you also rafting on the Soča River while you are there. If you have some more time left, pay a visit to the seaside (Piran and Koper) :-). Have a nice time on your travels!

  4. Jackie says

    I love the idea of this water bottle, I travel a lot and hate having to purchase plastic bottles of water in some places for safe drinking water. I’m heading for Eastern Europe and then hopefully to South Africa soon so would love to have this product to use

  5. says

    This is first time I heard about this unique water bottle. Sounds like a great product I can use when I travel to other parts of S.EA where tap water are not safe and I can simply fill up the tap water at any part of the world without checking with the people, google or even be skeptical if if the water are safe for drinking. Save a lot of hassle to find that out and also reducing the plastic waste is a huge plus!

  6. says

    I’d love to take this water bottle back to Malawi when I hike Mulanje where I’ll try filling it from mountain streams as there is no running water for the 3 day hike. Reducing plastic waste would be a major bonus

  7. Polona says

    Water-to-Go bottle looks awesome and I would love to have it. I always take a bottle with me and I hate using the plasic ones, cause they get smelly very soon and you can’t use them for a longer period of time. I much prefer to drink pure water than any other kind of juices.
    I’m going to Australia, on a hike through the outback this October, and this Water-to-Go bottle will be a perferct company on the road where water is so precious. After the Australia trip my plan is to go to India and Indonesia and hopefully also to some other Asian countries, where again Water-to-Go bottle will be a must to have.

  8. Heidi bach says

    I am heading to Patagonia to do some trekking and would love a Water on the Go bottle. It is a fantastic upgrade from my current filtration system!

  9. says

    This is awesome! I’m heading to Nepal to do the Everest Base Camp trek in September, and a filtration bottle like this would be perfect – much better than the icky water purification tablets that I was going to take!

  10. says

    I want one of these mainly to see how other people react when I fill it up from weird places. Leaky fire hydrants, dripping air conditioning units etc, haha!

  11. Rita Hansen says

    I would love to try this product. When I go travel it’s either an active Holiday trekking in remote area’s or exploring a new city. Both places it would be absolutely wonderful not to think about where to get clean and safe water from. And also protect the environment in these places If I win I’ll test it on my next trip, I’m going to Nepal trekking to Annapurna Base Camp :-)

  12. says

    Such a great product for travelling, I’ve had one of these a couple of months now and I take it with me wherever I travel. I think for me, the main appeal has to be that I don’t have to constantly keep buying bottled water, so less plastic is wasted and I’m also saving money :) I’ve also been thinking about investing in a Lifestraw at some point, as these look like a more lightweight and handy option.

  13. says

    I like the idea of using this not just during travel and hiking, but every day. As you mentioned, can you imagine the amount of plastic bottles we could eliminate by using this every day? What about changing out the filter? Can you change it out, and if so, how long do they typically last?

  14. says

    I saw one of these today.

    It looks nice and simple and is cheap enough. My only concern is that they are relatively new, and every review is offering some kind of affiliate discount, or competition.

    It seems very well tested, but I’d like to see more on the science. Especially about the virus filtering.

  15. Jim says

    I have commented on here before- I hope this answers without doubt what people have been asking for- for just about forever

    Buying a water purifier for use on unknown quality water- is technical purchase where most people are not aware of what is required from a technical point- users will make their mind up whether a piece of kit is easy to use, a nice colour etc- but facts are facts, so let me try and make this easy for everyone to understand and hopefully share with as many people as possible, who would be interested in buying a water filter/purifier for use in the big bad and beautiful outdoors- and not for them to use on their municipally treated tap water which many filter bottles and other types are for

    there is an internationally recognised guideline for microbiological water purifiers- which is:
    EPA Guide standard- The “Guide Standard and Protocol for Testing Microbiological
    Water Purifiers” http://www.biovir.com/Images/pdf026.pdf
    Which in the Uk the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine have testing facilities to test to this standard and protocol and have the accreditation

    As simple as I can write it- for a product to be used on water of unknown quality, rivers ponds streams etc (ie not regulated municipal tap water) the microbiological reduction must meet or exceed the following

    The requirements for bacteria are 6 log10 reduction (99.9999% removal), for viruses a 4 log10 reduction (99.99%) and for Cryptosporidium/Giardia a 3 log10 reduction (99.9%)
    therefore 99.9% is not good enough for bacteria reduction – nor is 99.994%- is has to be at least 99.9999% or more

    So you will have to look at the available test report from the supplier, carried out by an accredited laboratory for the result and decide for yourselves whether a filter is good enough if your source water is of unknown water quality, with this information you will know all the good products on the market from a technical point of view- you will then have to decide which one works best for you- pump- bottle- straw etc (my view is straws are a waste of time- they just look good and possibly look cool when you use it)

    remember also not all the products available do anything for taste or chemicals or heavy metals etc- this is a different question and needs to be answered separately

    The detail above is for microbiological reduction- which generally can make you sick very quickly- hence the guidelines for a safe water purifier

    so, to be more direct at the question asked- Water to go- the test results they show on their website from LSHTM today, Only pass the cryptosporidium -microorganism part of the test at 99.982%

    It fails to meet the EPA Guide standard- The “Guide Standard and Protocol for Testing Microbiological Water Purifiers” on bacteria and virus reduction according to the guidelines and by their own test results available to the public today

    water to go virus reduction 99.959% (should be 99.99%) please do not assume 0.05% is not very big- it is huge in terms of viruses- the guidelines are there for a reason- to protect the user/consumer- who could be in the middle of a natural disaster and is trying to survive

    water to go bacteria reduction according to their published results on the website today
    is 99.991% (should be 99.9999% according to the guidelines) this is a big difference, I think you will agree

    So now you can hopefully make your choice-I hope I have brought some light to this dark place and helped with this question which i have never found anyone else explain- I think I am the 1st- hooray

    please share this information with any outdoor types who would definitely benefit from this widely available knowledge but rarely if never shared- as i put earlier everything I have written can be found here http://www.biovir.com/Images/pdf026.pdf

    kind regards

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