At the Atlanta airport, I go through the usual procedure. Check through security and head for the nearest water fountain. There I fill up my empty ZeroWater plastic tumbler and get ready for my flight.
The fellow traveler behind me at the fountain asked where I got such a neat contraption. Mine came through the mail, costs about $15 and so far I have carried it on four trips.
As my drinking fountain buddy noted, we can’t carry water through security and buying bottled water at $2 to $3 in an airport can add up. Plus, all those empty plastic water bottles seem like such a drain on the environment. So, when I heard about the ZeroWater 26-ounce tumbler, I thought it might be a good travel friend.
Best of all – my ZeroWater hard plastic tumbler has a five-stage portable filtration system. My water questioner didn’t know that. All she saw was the attractive sleek silver container with the secure lid and heavy-duty straw. The tumbler also comes in blue.
I quickly pointed out the filter inside the BPA-free tumbler. It provides pure-tasting, filtered water almost anywhere. The filtering system removes 99.6 percent of contaminants and meets the Food & Drug Administration standard for total dissolved solids (TDS) – nasty stuff like pesticides, fertilizers, lead, fluoride and nitrates – in purified water.
I haven’t seen it happen yet but the filter also has a color change to signify when it is time to replace the filter. I read that the color changes to yellow indicating that I should change the filter.
Another thing I like about the ZeroWater tumbler is that it has grooves for easy handling. Fits my hand just fine. It also fits in the water bottle slot of my back pack as well as the cup holder of my Toyota. At first, I thought it would be nice if the tumbler had handles but I quickly realized that then it wouldn’t fit my back pack bottle slot nor my car cup holder. Guess whoever designed the tumbler figured that out before creating it.
The tumbler is dishwater safe so I always put it in the dishwater when I get home from a trip. I wash it out on the road but it’s good to put it through the dishwasher before putting it back in my travel gear.
I have used my ZeroWater on a cruise ship, on an international trip and even on a short trek around my Hoosier home state. It’s also a handy reminder to drink water, especially when traveling. A friend of mine used to cut back on water consumption as soon as she entered the airport so she wouldn’t have to go to the bathroom on a flight – even a long international one.
That is not healthy. If anything, travelers should drink even more water when flying. Aircraft cabin humidity levels are unnaturally low so it is easy to become dehydrated which adds to jetlag.
On average, adults need at least six to 10 eight-ounce glasses of water a day. While traveling and during flight, travelers are encouraged to drink at least eight or more ounces of water per hour as well as avoiding alcohol which dehydrates the body.
A health-conscious friend makes sure she gets the necessary amount of water at home by filling several pitchers with the suggested amount and drinking it during the day. If bedtime comes and the pitchers aren’t empty, she knows to be more vigilant.
On the road, the ZeroWater container can be a handy reminder. If I’m not refilling it several times a day and not drinking any water besides what is in the tumbler, that might be a wakeup up call to increase water intake.
The ZeroWater tumbler does have it limits. It will not remove contaminants from river water or aboard a ship where passengers are told not to drink tap water. Other than that, I’ve found it to be useful and a handy part of my travels.
The tumbler waits in my suitcase along with my swimming suit for upcoming trips. Never know when you might get a chance to go swimming and my always-ready swimming suit has come in handy quite often. But that’s a different story for a different time.
For more information: Contact ZeroWater at (800) 5032939, www.zerowater.com.