Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Pure Water To Go - NEW Hydration Options for the Road

CamelBak's All Clear UV Water Purifier
World Water Day is celebrated on March 22nd and brings attention to the importance of clean water and mindful conservation. Many developing countries struggle to provide enough pure drinking water for their inhabitants. Even though we may live in a country with access to clean drinking water, there are times we may be running, cycling or hiking in the outback and come across "iffy" potable water sources. Here are some hydration solutions for those times.

Clean water sources may be hard to find during extended rides or excursions.

Pure Water To Go
When riding my bicycle or running at the park, there may be drinking fountains available. How clean and pure is the water though? If I you going to be out for the day, consider taking a UV powered water purifier like my All Clear. You simply fill with water and start the UV timer to disinfect. Put the drinking cap on and be on your way. Takes the guess work and bacteria out of those questionable water sources you may encounter along the way.

CamelBak All Clear UV Water Purifier

Thermal Water Bottles
Stainless Steel, thermal water bottles such as those made by Klean Kanteen are some of my favorites. I like to fill them with ice and purified water. Placing them in my bicycle's water bottle cage, they go everywhere with me. I always keep one with me in the car too. In case you are stuck in traffic or have an emergency, cold pure water can be a life-saver. A new such bottle I'm loving now is the Revomax Vacuum Insulated Flask. It has a one-handed sealed closure making it easy to open, close and drink from. Really resists spills. Keeps water cold for up to 48 hours.

Revomax Vacuum Insulated Flask

Water Reservoirs & Bladders
Another idea is take along a water reservoir or bladder within a backpack. This is more weight but will give you a safe, reliable supply of water for your hike or walk. Just keep in mind that one gallon of water weighs. over 8 lbs. Now that amount will decrease a you walk and you can most likely get by with much less than that. I would recommend going with the least amount and only fill your reservoir with purified water. Electrolyte and energy drinks often contain sugars that can gum up the works and cause mold to grow.  Some hikers keep them in the freezer until they are ready to use.
Here are some simple steps to clean your water reservoir, keeping fresh  and good to go for the next outing: Cleaning Your Water Reservoir 

My water reservoir airing 

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