“My hotel has no water. If restored, the front desk says, “do not use on your face because it contains something very dangerous.” #Sochi2014”
The Tweet above – currently going viral – was posted by Stacy St. Clair, a journalist for the Chicago Tribune, currently in Sochi, Russia to cover the Winter Olympics. When arriving at her hotel, no doubt thirsting for a glass of clean drinking water to combat travel dehydration, she was given the warning above – best described as ‘ominous’ by CBS Chicago writer John Dodge.
Even when ‘clean drinking water’ was restored in St. Clair’s hotel room, it looked less than desirable. The photos above show the drinking water that St. Clair was eventually able to pour from her hotel faucet. We’ll let you speculate on just how to define that color.
The issue St. Clair is facing is not a unique one. Portable water purification is a critical factor whether you are traveling overseas or traveling just over yonder. Below, find some of the more common instances where you’ll need a good portable water purification solution – and some products we offer that can help:
When Camping, Hiking or Backpacking:
There is perhaps no time when you’ll run into more dirty drinking water than when in the great outdoors. The CDC, in fact, dedicates an entire resource section to ensuring you are aware of the very real risks posed by drinking water found in lakes, streams and rivers while camping – as contamination by algae blooms, Cryptosporidium, Giardia, Shigella and more are frighteningly common.
Fortunately, there are dozens of water purification, treatment and filtration products geared towards outdoors enthusiasts – from those that go on short hiking or backpacking excursions to those that embark on weeks long camping expeditions.
One of the more popular forms of portable water purification are water purification tablets. Water purification tablets from AquaMira, offered on our site in sizes ranging from 10-packs to bulk 50-packs pictured and linked to above, are registered by the EPA to remove all sorts of nasties ranging from bacteria to viruses. AquaMira water purification tablets even make your water taste better!
Above and beyond water purification tablets, a popular water treatment option to help purify drinking water while camping is the Katadyn portable water filter, pictured to the left. Designed to pump fast, this filtration system will reduce up to 99.9% of common bacteria.
If you are just hiking or backpacking, water treatment tablets and basic portable water filtration bottles make for a clean water system that is easy to use, carry – and of course – trust. The Ultralight Katadyn Green Deer Bottle is one such bottle we recommend for light camping, backpacking or hiking packages.
When Traveling Abroad or Out of State:
Different travel scenarios will have different needs and be governed by different rules. For instance, a filtered water bottle is great for nearly any trip, but can be a bit of a burden to pack into your carry-on. If full of water, you won’t get past security, in fact.
If you are traveling to any state or country, we would recommend that you first check-out the water quality in your destination. The EPA offers a great page sharing Local Drinking Water Information by state while the CDC offers a comprehensive resource sharing health information for international travelers.
A basic package we would recommend to nearly anyone that travels in-country or abroad is similar to what we recommend for campers above: a few water purification tablets and a good, eco-friendly filtered water bottle – like the Nubo filtered water bottle to the left. Combined, these make for a good, affordable water treatment option perfect for nearly any traveler.
When Motor Homing:
Not all camping takes places in a tent and not all travelers wind up in hotels. For the motor homers and RV enthusiasts out there, there are numerous solutions to ensure you drink only the cleanest water, without ever needing to leave your home on wheels!
We are happy to offer a dozen options worth of RV water filters, including the inline filter from Culligan below. If you are about to embark on an RV adventure and need help finding the right RV water filter, I would encourage you to call our customer service department at 1-800-277-3458.
If you are looking for any other portable water purification options for your next trip or excursion – whether your destination is deep in the heart of Russia or just on the outskirts of California’s Redwood Forest, we would encourage you to call our customer service department at the number above.
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