Cool travel product: Brita Hard Sided Water Filter Bottle

Ever since I was a kid I would drink a ton of water. However, I’m a water snob, I admit it. I love drinking water, but I refuse to drink it unless it Brita water filter bottletastes good. In high school my family moved to a city that had terrible tasting water, and my mom gave me so much grief because I would go buy gallons of water at the store.

These days I use a water filter at home, and tend to just buy water on the road. However one of my resolutions this year is to drink more water on business trips. It’s not always convenient to buy as much water as I actually need to drink, or to carry that amount of water with me at all times. I’ve tried bringing a water bottle and refilling it, but I’m so picky about the taste that I just won’t drink water from a fountain or from the tap. And it’s true that sometimes I’m really tired when landing and don’t want to go to a store to buy water, but I’ve also started feeling guilty about the plastic water bottles I’m throwing away.

Enter the Home Warrior and his excellent gift-giving skills. He knew about this goal of mine to drink more water on the road, so for Christmas he got me a water bottle with a built-in Brita filter. It is perfect! It will hold about 23 oz, so it’s not huge, but fits nicely in my bag. Every time I’ve filled it, no matter if it’s from a bathroom sink, a water fountain, or a random break room at the office, the water comes out tasting delicious. When you’re ready to fill it, just unscrew the top. The mouth is wide enough for ice (if that’s your thing), or just do what I do and fill it with room temperature water. The filter is built into the straw so the water is cleaned as you drink it.

A couple of caveats: because the filter is in the straw, when you take a drink the water doesn’t come out as quickly as with a normal bottle. Think of it like sucking a milkshake through a wide straw. Also, pressure may build up while on an airplane so unscrew the lid a bit before taking a sip (or else water may shoot out of the straw). Finally, make sure that it is completely empty when going through airport security, just in case you get a TSA agent on a bad day who won’t let you empty the bottle and just makes you throw it away.

Overall, I love my new water bottle and it is definitely helping me achieve my goal of drinking water while traveling! The Brita Hard Sided Water Filter Bottle is available on Amazon for $16-19.

Readers, do you drink enough water on the road? Is there a water bottle you love?

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  1. I have one of these bottles and I love it! However, I prefer to take these bottles with the sport top –

    I’ve found that the hard sided bottles leak, even if the straw isn’t up. The last time I traveled with one, I got soaked by water pouring out of the straw, even while it was folded down. Now I keep my hard sided bottle at my desk, and my sport bottle in my carry on.

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