One question on our minds as we prepared for the rally was drinking water. Because while almost every country and region we went through had perfectly potable water, there can be littler buggers in there that your gut isn't used to that make riding in a car for hours and hours rather uncomfortable.
We were concerned because the standards of what is considered "safe" drinking water is questionable even in first world countries where metals and chemicals are both allowed in "safe" quantities in drinking water. Not to mention chemicals that are PROVEN to be toxic to the body that haven been purposefully introduced to the water for our benefit.
So here we are going off to countries where we have NO idea what we could be exposed to in the water so when we learned about Water to Go we were VERY INTERESTED! What is Water to Go? A personal water bottle with a built in filter that removes chemicals, metals, bacteria, and viruses from the water as you drink it!
Water to Go to the rescue!! They decided that we were worth getting on board with and offered us each our very own Water to Go bottle! Black for Alice, Blue for Brianna, Green for Megan, Red for Paula, and Pink for Tabitha! We're like Power Rangers with our assigned colors.
These water bottles have powerful little filters in them that clean the water as you drink it. This product was hands down the MOST important piece of equipment we carried with us along our way. We think that everyone, not just travelers, should invest in their own bottle.
We feel confident as an authority on these after traveling with our Water to Go bottles through 23 countries! Here is a list of reasons why you must get one:
So what exactly is it filtering out that is so bad for us? So glad you asked!
Chromium, Mercury, Nickel, Copper, Iron
Lead, Gold, Silver
Volatile Organic Compounds including Formaldehyde
Coliform, E.Coli, Cholera, Typhus
Dysentery, Botulism, Polio, Virus Botulism
Vibrio Disease, Campylobacteriosis
Leptospirosis – Weil's Disease
Legionella (Legionnaires Disease and Pontiac Fever)
(This list is abridged but includes some of the most recognizable and common problems.)
Fasciolopsiasis Taeniasis – Tapeworm
Cryptosporidium Tryonosoma (Sleeping Sickness)
Threadworm Guinea Worm
Fasciola Hepatica/Liver fluke
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