Any camper worth his or her salt knows the importance of staying hydrated, and that means carrying a refreshing bottle of water with them at all times. Staying hydrated keeps our 60% water-filled body functioning properly, including maintaining healthy blood flow, kidney and liver function and even mental cognition. But grabbing a refreshing drink of water on the trail can be tough, and that’s why a camper’s choice of water container is so crucial to hydration. In this blog we’ll be exploring the most important factors to consider when selecting that go-to water bottle and hopefully help you choose the best bottle for the job!
Construction and Composition
Before letting yourself be dazzled by the glitz and glam of colors and features, take a look at just what sort of engineering and materials have gone into making your potential water bottle so fancy. Before the early 2000’s, many plastic water bottles made from a material known as polycarbonate (PC) contained a harmful substance known as bisphenol-A (BPA). This toxin would seep into the water stored in water bottles and make their way into the bloodstream, building up to toxic levels and causing a number of health problems. Manufacturers today have since eliminated BPA as an additive, but other chemicals replacing BPA haven’t been fully tested. Aluminum bottles have replaced most major brand-name plastic bottles, but as aluminum is reactive and sometimes toxic in its own right, a resin or plastic liner is required to prevent reactions and causes its own set of health concerns. Currently the safest type of water bottle is food-grade stainless steel, so always look for this label on a water bottle for maximum safety.
Features, Use, and Care
Now that you’ve got your BPA-free water bottle in mind, it’s a good idea to consider your physical regiment and if that lifestyle requires more or less design features. Do I need a hands-free drink cap? Will I be adding fruit for taste? Will I be drinking carbonated or carbonated beverages? All of these questions are important factors to consider when purchasing a new water bottle. Pay attention to the temperature rating and cleaning instructions as well. Not all bottles are considered dishwasher-safe, and some water bottles’ health-protective liners can be compromised through excess heat. It’s a good idea to clean water bottles by hand using a soft brush or sponge, and then only with warm water. Unless using a stainless steel bottle, pay attention to any dents or damage to the bottle itself as this can compromise inner liners as well, so always recycle such bottles immediately.