The plane lands and we taxi for a few minutes before arriving at our gate. First thing off the flight I head for the privy, being 6’3” and close to 300LBs I am airline-lav-challenged (there’s a new hashtag for you.)
The second stop is the vending or gift shop for a bottle of water. At the hotel, I may get another bottle, but after spending $3 for a 12oz of water, I begin to avoid the refill unconsciously. The tap water is going to give me heartburn and taste of who knows what. An easy solution, travel with my own personal water filter. For under $20 a year, recommended replacement of almost all personal water filters, I have nearly 400 gallons of tasty fresh water, heartburn free.
“Heartburn Wade?” Yes, I hear you. Have you considered that the water you drink contains dirt, minerals and other impurities that make it smell and taste bad? Some contaminants can endanger your health; others are an annoyance. You have no idea what the filtration system in your hotel may be. Some of the impurities can endanger your health, particularly microscopic organisms and bacteria that can cause severe sickness. Filtering water can purify water, eliminating these impurities and making it safe to drink, often improving its taste.
Municipal water utility firms use chlorine to treat drinking water because it's low-cost, highly effective at killing many of the bacteria found in water, and easy. While a good disinfectant, chlorine can make drinking water unpleasant in both smell and taste. Unbeknownst to most, chlorine can also react with some metals to form hazardous compounds. The activated carbon filter in a Haggard Personal Water Filter removes the chlorine smell and taste from water. Big-time heartburn relief.
At just over 1.5 gallons a day, I am more than a little concerned about what water I drink. When traveling, I am also concerned about remaining hydrated. Having my personal water filter in my overnight kit quickly and inexpensively solves the issue.