Best Water Filter Bottle for Travel – Water To Go Review

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It’s not often than I describe a product as a must-have for backpackers. But, after more than two years of using my Water-To-Go Filter Bottle, it definitely has a top spot on my must-pack list. A 75cl water bottle which includes a replaceable filter developed for the NASA space programme, my Water-To-Go might just be the best water filter bottle for travel. It instantly filters over 99.9% bacteria, viruses and more harmful content from water – providing safe, refreshing drinking water anywhere in the world.

In many popular backpacking destinations, it’s not safe to drink the tap water, meaning that until I found the Water-to-Go I had to rely on purchasing bottled water. Which is not only an added expense and inconvenience – it’s also terrible for the environment! Read on for my Water to Go review and more info about what makes this bottle a backpacker’s best friend!

Update 2018: My exclusive Water-To-Go discount code is still available! Use ELUX15 when you check out to save 15%! 

 

Water to Go Review – How it Works

Nano alumina along with 33 % carbon and other filtration ingredients are utilized to bring about this amazing new patented process. The nano alumina emits a positive charge when wet and attracts the negative charged contaminants of protozoa, bacteria and virus.” Water-To-Go

You can check out the full list of exactly what the filters remove on the Water-To-Go website, but just to give you an idea, the list includes chemicals like flouride and chlorine, metals including lead and mercury, Hepatitis A, Typhus, Dysentry, and tapeworms.

The filter works instantly to clean water as you drink it, removing not only bacteria, diseases and chemicals, but also the bad taste – meaning that you really can drink from pretty much any water source (except sea water) safely!

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Why Buy a Water-to-Go Bottle?

So, it’s a bottle that filters water from any source. But why do you need that? There are so many reasons that the Water-to-Go bottle is a backpacker’s best friend. Here’s are my top reasons to buy this awesome water filter bottle.

Save Money

No more buying bottled water! It’s the one thing almost all backpackers forget to account for when planning their budget, and it can often account for a significant amount of your daily spend. Bottled water may be pretty cheap, but even in the cheapest countries those additional few bottles a day still add up.

Take Thailand as an example: the average price of a 0.33 litre bottle of water is 19p. Six of those (2 litres) a day is £1.14 a day, which equates to £102.60 over three months. In many countries you’ll be paying even more: an average of £1 for 50 cls in the UK. A Water-To-Go filter lasts three months when used to filter 2 litres a day*, and a pack of two filters costs just £17.99

*FYI – the filter lasts for 200 litres of usage, which is three months if you’re using it for two litres a day, but it won’t die on you after three months if you’ve only been using it for 2 litres a week.

Best Water Filter Bottle for Travel

Reduce Waste

No more wasting plastic bottles by disposing of them in countries which have no or limited recycling. In 2016, 480 BILLION plastic bottles were bought around the world*, and while the plastic can be recycled it rarely is. Plastic bottles and bags are the most common form of pollution found on our beaches and oceans. Reusable bottles like the Water to Go bottle can dramatically reduce the unnecessary use of plastic bottles.

*Startling fact – that’s enough to reach halfway to the sun if they were placed end to end.

Save the Planet

It’s not just six bottles a day you’d be saving. In a 2009 study, researchers in the Pacific Institute in Oakland, California estimated that the energy required to produce bottled water is between 5.6 and 10.2 million joules of energy per litre. That’s 2,000 times the energy required to produce a litre of tap water. So reusing one bottle and filling it from the tap is a far greener way to get your daily drink.

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Safe Drinking

In many popular backpacking countries, waterborne diseases are still a very real threat. Even drinking from tap water can carry dangers. The Water-To-Go Filtration System eliminates over 99.9% or waterborne diseases, bacteria, and viruses – so you can fill it up from the bathroom tap in your hostel, at a river or pond, or from any other water source, and have clean, safe drinking water, instantly. A fabulous way to avoid diahorrhea and bad tummies, as well as other more serious diseases.

The Best Water Filter Bottle for Travel: My Experiences

Throwing around statements like ‘space programme technology’ and ‘developed by NASA’ is all well and good, but it’s still easy to be dubious of such an amazing sounding product. Clean water on the go from any source? It sounds a little too good to be true!

Well, the Water-To-Go bottle has been independently tested by three different laboratories and all of them confirmed that the filters eliminate over 99.9% of harmful contaminants in water. While I can’t submit the filter to any truly scientific tests, I’ve been using it for a couple of years now and it definitely works for me.

It really works!

Since first writing this post I’ve taken my Water-to-Go all over the world with me. When I lost it I immediately got myself a replacement! I’ve used it in the rainforests of Nicaragua and on Thai islands. I took it to the Parthenon in Athens and around the temples of India. It’s even come to the gym with me a few times!

All water I’ve filtered through my bottle has tasted as clean as bottled water. Normally, I fill it up from taps and take the bottle out with me for the day. Once or twice, though, I’ve filled it from rivers or dodgy-looking pools. There was no bad taste, and I’ve never gotten a bad tummy from water I’ve filtered in this bottle.

Best Water Filter Bottle for Travel

This water filter bottle is a great size, and I like the shape and design. Plus it’s available in a range of funky bright colours. The flip-out drinking spout is a good design, and water comes out in a fairly constant stream. Generally, it works like a decent, sturdy, water bottle – with the incredible added benefit that it’s filtering water on the go.

Perfect Size for Travellers

Most other water filtration systems I’ve come across have been better suited to serious hiking trips – jaunts into the wilderness or jungle treks – rather than your average backpacker. The Water To Go bottle is a perfect blend of the two. It’s super lightweight and the perfect size to fit in my day bag. In fact it’s no bigger or bulkier than a normal plastic bottle of water. But this one I can reuse again and again safely, without worrying about finding a safe place to fill up. I also like the simple design, which doesn’t look out of place in my daypack as I wander around a European city or hike up a mountain.

This really is a must-pack item for travellers and backpackers. Safe, clean drinking water on the go, filled up from any source without worrying. Plus no wasted money or wasted plastics. It really is a fantastic addition to your kit.

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Water to Go Discount Code

Get an awesome 15% off your purchase by using my exclusive Water-to-Go discount code. Enter ELUX15 at the checkout to save 15%. Don’t miss out!

Water to Go Bottles start at £24.99 including one filter. Replacement filters cost £17.99 for a pack of two. Head to watertogo.eu to browse. Filters last 200 litres, an average of three months based on drinking two litres a day.

About Emily Luxton

An award-winning writer and travel blogger on a mission to explore the world through deeper, more intelligent travel. Seeking out adventure, cultural exchanges, food experiences and more as she attempts to get to know the world. Lover of the great outdoors, sunsets, good food, and the odd bit of luxury!

12 Comments

  1. I recently took a water-to-go bottle on my Sri Lankan river expedition so have some in-the-field knowledge. It’s a great bit of kit – cheaper and more effective than competitors. The bottle is quite bulky for a small bag though, and I did miss the ability to pour the filtered water into a cup/saucepan (since the filtration works on suction through the straw).

    • Brilliant – thanks so much for the input! Glad to hear that it works well for trekking etc in general. That’s a good point about pouring it out into a saucepan, I hadn’t thought of that. I suppose it’s better suited to day trips when you’d only need the bottle for drinking water.

  2. That’s such a great idea!! I could’ve used that tracing through Cosga Rica! Great review :)

  3. I actually just got one for Xmas. Looking forward to trying it out in Peru too!

  4. I was looking for something like this before I left on my trip! I’ve had to buy so much bottled water. It’s so bad for the environment. Thank you for the suggestion!

    • I wish I’d had this before my big trip last year, it would have been ideal. Spent so much on water, and wasted so much plastic – but not any more. Definitely a big fan of this product :)

  5. These look great! I think I need one!!! Some places I send a fortune on water, I hate to keep buying the plastic bottles as well!

    • They are really good, I love mine! It’s surprising how quickly buying all those bottles of water adds up. I just wish I’d had one of these before I went to South America for five months – I could have saved such a lot of money!

  6. I’m so glad I came across your review of Water To Go. I bought one a month ago after reading this review and now I absolutely love it! It’s quickly become an essential travel item :)

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