Okay, so you’re going traveling abroad to a country that is particularly known for not having the cleanest drinking water and you’d like to do your best to not get sick. For the fairly cheap price of around $125, you too can have a safe and insanely portable solution to cleaning your drinking water on your next trip. All you require is two products:
~ Steripen Freedom ~
This amazing little device is a bit smaller than the length of the average male hand. Not only is it incredibly small, but it is USB powered for any of you tech travel geeks that may have your laptop. The device comes with a USB driven wall charger as well, but you’ll need to find your own adapters for whichever country you’re headed to. The Freedom charges full in just over an hour and lasts up to 40-50 half liter treatments on one charge! It packs a powerful UV Light that treats water for a wide range of things you don’t want to drink such as: E. Coli, Hepatitis, Salmonella, and Giardia. I personally didn’t use it all that much, but if you twist the Freedom in your hand 3 times, it also has a fairly bright LED flashlight that pops on for about 2 minutes. All in all this device is small, light, easy to carry anywhere, and only $99.95 at Steripen’s WebSite: http://www.steripen.com/freedom/ , OR you can click this little link to probably find it for about $75 on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1qyGXfM .
~ Camelbak Groove ~
This BPA free plastic water bottle isn’t your ordinary water companion. The .6 liter/20 oz bottle houses a plant based carbon filter straw system that’s good for around 3 months and/or 300 uses. For a small fee of $20 (or $30 if you want to purchase a few replacement filters from the start), this lightweight and easy to clip onto any backpack water bottle can be yours for $19.99 at Amazon: http://amzn.to/1qyKuuj .
You may think ‘Why is the water bottle necessary when I probably have plenty already? Good question. Well, just because you’re cleansing the water of bacteria doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to taste that great. The carbon filter in the Groove gives your hydration that extra filtration to make it taste just fine.
So you’ve got your two products. Simply follow this insanely high tech video I just shot and you’re good to go!
This was not an original idea by the way. It was recommended to me by my dear friend Dawn (World Class Traveler, check out her photography here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/playapixie/sets/) when I met up with her traveling through India. I took it upon myself to try out her suggestion the next trip I went on, and was sold instantly. Thanks again Dawn!