Water is an absolute must when outside and active. The last couple years have seen new water bottles options on the market. Here are some things that might be helpful to know when you are trying to decide which type of water container would be the best for you on your next outing:
Nalgene BPA- Free Water Bottles-
These are traditional style water bottles with some really great features. The BPA-Free plastic is non-leaching, which means that your beverage will not have that “plastic flavor” added to it. It fits into standard cup holders and mesh pockets on back packs. The size of the bottle makes it great for a trip to the gym or a short walk, but not practical for long excursions. Note: the older Lexan water bottles have been found to leach chemicals that can affect hormone levels, so make sure you get the BPA-Free bottles.
Aluminum Water Bottles-This bottle is made from recyclable aluminum. The aluminum makes it lighter, more durable than its plastic counterparts, and allows for some amount of insulation. The interior of the bottle has a non-leaching lining to help prevent residue from building and make it easier to clean. There are a wide variety of colors and images to choose from. It is not fully insulated but is able to maintain beverage temperature for short periods. This type of bottle is good for both short and medium length outings.
Insulated Bottle-Carrier- This bottle carrier is an insulated pouch that allows you to place a water bottle in side. The insulation helps maintain the temperature of the liquid inside the bottle. It has a strap attached for easy carrying on hikes and jogs. It also has a clip that allows you to clip it to a backpack. It’s great for short and medium length excursions. And for carrying cold drinks.