The Secret to Finding Safe Water When Traveling

IMG_20150818_125428 (1)Keeping hydrated while you travel often presents a challenge. Even more so if you have standards for the quality of water you want to be putting into your body. Drinking water from public water fountains has never really been on my radar. My mom warned me against it in my youth, graphically describing how germs splashed from thousands of strangers’ mouths onto the faucet, only to be spewed back into my mouth, were I to partake.

Recently, as I made my way through an airport, I contemplated my options. Normally, a water bottle that I bring with me from home lasts a couple hours. It’s typical for humidity levels in an aircraft cabin to sink well below the levels we are used to on the ground; some say as low as 3%.  Headache, a feeling of exhaustion, and brain fog can set in as moisture is sucked from your body. Knowing this, staying hydrated when traveling is a priority for me. It hasn’t been easy, though. I don’t think I’m the only one who would rather not drink from a public water fountain. Most of us do not enjoy succumbing to the stand selling H2O for 5 bucks a bottle, either. Not only that, but so many bottled waters taste odd to me. Companies attempt to reconstitute the water with “minerals added for flavor.” The flavor couldn’t be less appealing to me. Water shouldn’t taste like anything.

What’s more, all too often we’re caught in that dreaded 20-minute crunch to rush out of one plane and down the terminal to board the next. Even if you didn’t mind paying the price of a meal for a drink of water, you know you don’t have time, or you’d rather not risk it or dawdle long enough to give up your place in line for a good seat. Besides, any precious spare minutes you have must be reserved for a restroom stop so you can avoid the airplane facilities, right?

Normally, I’m left feeling frustrated and thirsty. Not any more. Enter the Sport Berkey Water Bottle.

It is a wish come true. The cleanest, freshest, safest water at my fingertips; at any time and in any place. Using the same filtration medium as the larger Black Berkey carbon filters, the Sport Berkey is able to remove or dramatically reduce chemicals, heavy metals, volatile organic compounds, trihalomethanes, detergents, pesticides, herbicides, chlorides, pharmaceuticals, unpleasant tastes, chlorine, and more. The advanced technology of the Black Berkey carbon medium is powerful enough to remove 99.9999999% of pathogenic bacteria. The micro-pores within the filter are so small that viruses and pathogenic bacteria are simply not able to pass through them. It also reduces chlorine and other chemicals at a rate of over 99%.

Another thing I can’t stand about drinking bottled water is the hormone-disrupting chemicals that are leached from the plastic. With the Sport Berkey, you don’t have to worry about that. It’s constructed from safe, non-leaching, low-density polyethylene #4 that is non-BPA/BPS.

I got the Sport Berkey just before my last trip, so I made sure to fill it with water and pack it in my carry-on bag before I left the house. As usual, I drank most of it before my trip was half over. This time, though, I realized all I had to do was stop at the nearest water source, no matter what it was. It literally took me a few seconds to walk up to a water faucet (which I normally would’ve shunned due to the unsanitary nature!), fill my bottle, and then sip perfectly clean water through the filter. I was so excited about how easy it was to transform risky water into safe water; water that’s the same as I enjoy drinking in the comfort and security of my home.

I no longer feel like I have to put water in my mouth that tastes odd or water that I know is swimming with viruses and chemicals. I felt like water was serving its purpose again. It was actually there for me when I needed it. Suddenly there was water all around me; water I didn’t have to be afraid of; water for which I wouldn’t be forced to pay an arm and a leg; water that tasted pure. Water I trusted.

That’s the Sport Berkey. A channel through which the best water comes to you anywhere in the world.

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