If you're traveling, you will need a good water bottle. Here are our top picks!
When you're packing for you international trip, there are a few things that are important to bring — One of those things is a good water bottle!
Having these water bottles will save your life and save money ....One of the most shocking things for first time international travelers is discovering that water is not free in most countries. You can't drink the tap water, so you are always buying water bottles (sometimes bottle water is more expensive than soda)! Bringing one of these water bottles will save your bank account when you can find a free water filter at hotels, train stations, hostels and other spots around town.
If you don't have a trip planned quite yet, about a semester abroad? When you volunteer with ILP, you'll be living abroad and get vacation days to travel around (we're big fans of traveling).
But before you start shopping, you need to think about the pros and cons of where you'll be traveling. 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.
We're asked our ILP volunteers and ILP head teachers to vote on their favorite water bottles (and the pros and cons of each).
H2O Sport Water Bottle
- Price: $3.65
- 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 so skip this one if you'll be living in Thailand), too thin to fit ice in, not good for long excursions where you need a lot of water on hand.
HydroFlask 40 oz.
- Price: $36.95
- 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. Comes in multiple sizes.
- 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. It's also pretty slim, so it fits into most backpacks on that side pocket.
- Cons: Not insulated (but it looks awesome, so who cares)
Call our office at 801-374-8854 to snag one!
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