When you're packing for you international trip, there are a few things that are important to bring that you may not have thought about. One of those things is a good water bottle! There are a few reasons you will want to have one on hand, so make sure you do your research and pick the best one before you leave.
When selecting a water bottle, you want to go through the pros and cons of each. The pros and cons will be determined a lot by the area you are traveling to. For example, if you're going somewhere hot, you will want to make sure you get an insulated water bottle because there's nothing worse than hot water in hot weather. If you're going somewhere cold, that's not something to spend extra money on.
Here are some of our ILP volunteer's favorite water bottles and the pros and cons to each:
H2O Sport Water Bottle
- Price: $2.86
- Pros: Thin (fits in most bags, easy to carry), comes in many colors, has a strap and very inexpensive.
- Cons: Not insulated (not good for hot countries), too thin to fit ice in, not good for long excursions where you need a lot of water on hand.
HydroFlask 40 oz.
- Price: $36.99
- Pros: Insulated (great for hot areas), keeps water cold for 24 hours, carries a lot of water, durable, can be used for flavored drinks with no flavor transfer.
- Cons: Heavy when full, doesn't have the best strap and a little pricey.
New.B Sports Bottle
- Pros: Small, easy to carry, can shoot mist and inexpensive.
- Cons: Not insulated, not good for long excursions, the mist will cause you to need to refill more often.
- Price: $22.99
- Pros: Insulated, keeps water cold for 24 hours, wide mouth (great for ice), looks awesome, good price!
- Cons: Heavy, no strap (not good for having to carry long distances).
S'well Stainless Steel 25 oz.
- Price: $45.00
- Pros: Insulated, doesn't sweat, durable, big enough for ice.
- Cons: A little pricey, heavy when full and no strap for easy carry.
ILP Water Bottle
- Price: $10 ($8 for ILP head teachers)
- Pros: Looks awesome, lets everyone know that you are serving abroad with ILP, inexpensive.
- Cons: Not insulated (but it looks awesome, so who cares ;))
Having these water bottles will save your life. One of the most shocking things for first time international travelers is discovering that water is not free in most countries. They don't drink the tap water, so you are always buying bottles (sometimes bottle water is more expensive than soda)! Bringing one of these water bottles will save your bank account!
Just remember, be careful where you decide to fill up your water bottle at and take caution so you don't get sick!
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