Bottles with water filters are a great solution for active people. Bottles of water using an activated carbon filtration system-the same system used by kitchen-filtration units to get rid of the chlorine residues, organic chemicals and some pesticide residues, according to the Food Safety & Health Department of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Compare different models of size, weight and characteristics. If you are going to camping or hiking, you want a bottle large enough to store a significant amount of water, so you don’t have to reload it constantly. If you are a runner, on the other hand, a smaller bottle is better so you don’t have to carry so much weight.
Buy a bottle of stainless steel or of a soft-silicone water bottle if you are interested in durability. Choose a clear water bottle if you prefer easy cleaning. Hard plastic bottles may break or be punctured, especially if you are transporting or playing a heavy bag around. Plastic bottles are cheaper and may be OK for the city, but on a long trip outdoors, you want durability.
Look for water bottle BPA-free. BPA is known to cause genetic damage and may increase the risk of cancer. Although BPA hasn’t been banned, more companies are switching to healthier materials, then you should find a bottle BPA-free filter.
Choose a bottle based on capabilities, instead of price. A more expensive bottle will not filter significantly better than a cheaper, as you all use the same type of carbon-based filter. However, an expensive bottle can be more durable, has a filter that lasts longer or be more comfortable to carry.
- If you are traveling in the desert or in foreign countries where water supplies are tested, don’t forget to ask for professional advice before assuming the water is safe to drink. Even a bottle of water filter may not kill all types of bacteria or germs. You may need to take steps beyond just using the water filter.