The Water To Go filtration bottle is an extremely handy and compact answer to all the problems many travellers and backpackers face with drinking water when travelling abroad. Perfect for adventure travellers, city breaks or beach hopping backpackers, you can find and get clean, healthy drinking water anywhere and reduce your single use plastic bottle consumption at the same time! This travel water bottle and filtration system really should become part of every backpackers essential packing list, especially with the unique 15% discount code BEMUSED15!
*Review was initially published on 22/07/14 and has been updated on 17/07/19
What is the Water To Go filter bottle?
The Water To Go bottle itself is simply a bottle. A hard wearing, sturdy and attractively designed alternative container to the bottled water you buy in the shops. The real muscle under the hood is the filter system that is held inside the bottle cap.
The Water To Go filtration system can take water from any source of water that you would normally never be able to drink with the only exception of sea water, and filters it to pure, clean drinking water.
The filter lasts for an impressive 200 litres of water or 3 months, whichever comes first. The patented system claims to not only kill bugs, parasites and bacteria from any source of water, but actually remove over 99.9% of them. I’ll be honest I haven’t personally held that claim up to laboratory conditions myself, but I have tested it on a variety of bad water sources from street puddles in Egypt to rivers and streams in Borneo and the Amazon and gotten a drink of fresh, clean water every time with no ill effects.
Why is a water filter bottle useful for travellers?
Traditionally filtration systems have been the reserve of military or NGO personnel, or serious hikers or trekkers heading off into the jungle, hills or mountains where there was a need to be able to find and source clean, safe drinking water without carrying it all with you. In that respect the Water To Go bottle still performs admirably, even surpassing some of the more traditional methods I have used in the past such as chlorine tablets.
Using water from rivers, streams, lakes or stagnant puddles can expose you to a wide variety of bugs and bacteria that could have a serious impact on your health, never mind your trip. I have spent weeks and months at a time on expeditions through various inhospitable terrains, relying on a variety of other filtration systems to provide me with an effective source of hydration, and I have to say the Water To Go bottle provides one of the most convenient ways to do this that I have come across outside of military kit.
The bottle itself isn’t the largest canteen I have ever used, but it does hold around 700 ml of drinking water at a time and is portable enough to easily carry in a daysac or small backpack, and that for me is the perfect compromise in size and utility.
Dependent on the pack itself you could probably fit the bottle into most of the mesh side pouches found on many packs, it fitted comfortably and securely into mine. It feels really strong and sturdy with just enough give in the bottle itself to gently squeeze a little water out when you need it, and the rubber grip feels nice and secure in your hand.
The filter is the real star here though. Fitted into the bottle cap itself you won’t have to carry any surplus kit like a straw or separate filter and it removes any need for any chlorine tablets. Using the filter has the extra benefit of giving you sweet tasting, safe, clear drinking water instead of water with a bitter chlorine taste, and not only kills all the bad stuff that will make you ill which chlorine does but even completely removes any dead bugs, bacteria or other nasty stuff which you really don’t want to consume too.
For a quick and easy overview of the most common illnesses, ailments and stomach complaints travellers can get from drinking contaminated water when travelling, check out this video here.
If you are heading off on an extended jungle or overnight mountain trek on your trip, then the Water To Go will provide you with a perfect way to source water without carrying a huge reservoir of bottled water or separate filtration or cleansing solution with you. It doesn’t matter whether the source is a flowing river, a stagnant pool, a lake, whatever. You can be sure that the filter will turn the end product into safe, clean and good tasting water.
But I’m a backpacker, how will a water filter bottle be useful for me?
Basically speaking there are 3 primary reasons you need this bottle in your travel life right now:
- Safe, healthy drinking water wherever you go.
- Save money on buying endless bottles of water every day.
- Save the environment by reducing the amount of single use plastic bottles you need to buy.
Although perfectly suited to the task of jungle trekking, mountain hiking or yomping off into the countryside for days, you don’t need to be an intrepid explorer to find the Water To Go useful. There really are a lot of benefits for the average traveller exploring cities, towns and beaches too.
Even if I am exploring the local must see sites instead of hiking through a jungle somewhere, I have always carried a bottle of water on me and in the past – before I got my refillable bottle – these were always single use plastic bottles that I had bought throughout the day. I’m a nurse at the end of the day and am a strong advocate for health and fitness so I know the importance of staying well hydrated, especially in hot or tropical regions.
My refillable Water To Go bottle means that I no longer have to buy a constant supply of plastic bottles everywhere. I will still buy the odd soft drink at dinner etc as well, but my water bottle use has dropped significantly.
Just as importantly the Water To Go bottle means that I know the water I am drinking is safe and clean.
From a health point of view, many backpackers and world travellers suffer from gastrointestinal problems around the world because their gut isn’t used to the bacteria found in the local water of many countries, or contract other parasites and bugs including Giardia, Cryptosporidia and many more from water that is actually contaminated.
Most travellers get around this issue by only drinking bottled water, even using it for brushing their teeth. This is fine and works very well, but it is inconvenient to constantly have to buy new bottles of water daily, not to mention the issues to your pocket and the environment.
Instead of buying new bottled water every day the Water To Go will allow you to get safe, clean drinking water from any source; puddles, lakes, streams, even tap water, so you can refill it as many times as you like from any source in any country and rest safe with the knowledge that the water you are drinking is safe and healthy. Imagine being able to just use the tap water in any country you go to. Imagine being able to refill at a stream or a puddle instead of having to buy another disposable plastic bottle.
Reducing the use of disposable, single use plastics is one of the biggest environmental challenges of our time, and that alone should be a reason for using a refillable water bottle like this.
But on top of that you would also save a fair bit of money over the long term by not having to buy a few bottles of water every day, which is money better spent on activities or a nice room upgrade once in a while!
Yes you will have to buy the bottle which I admit isn’t exactly inexpensive as an initial outlay, and you will have to buy replacement filters every few months of continuous use, but when compared to the cost of other filtration systems or a long term supply of chlorine tablets, or even compared to a few bottles of branded water a day over an extended period, the cost really is negligible and the financial benefits really do add up.
Just think how much you spend on a couple of bottles of water a day over the course of a month, two months, three months? The reduction in plastic bottle consumption would also help – even in a small way – in reducing the vast amounts of pollution caused by plastic bottles every day.
So basically you get safe, clean drinking water from any source, held in a convenient, sturdy and attractive bottle. You save money in the long term and you help the environment. It’s a win, win, win all round!
I have used different water filtration systems a lot in the past, but I admit it has predominantly been on extended treks or expeditions. I have generally saved the filtration systems for an environment I thought they were more suited to and on an average backpacking trip through towns and cities I have generally bought bottled water as needed.
This bottle however would look no more out of place in my pack than a locally bought bottle of water. I can use it on extended expeditions or exploring a city, or even going down to the gym! (Although I may take the filter off for that), and I genuinely did enjoy having my own bottle with me constantly as opposed to buying branded bottled water all of the time.
I have been using the Water To Go filter bottle continuously now for five years! And apart from replacement filters every so often I still have the exact same bottle and it is still serving me well! It has definitely become a part of my everyday travel essentials and I strongly recommend it to anyone else thinking of travelling the world too.
I love this product and am more than happy to endorse it to you my readers. If I didn’t love it I wouldn’t do that. So since I think you would really get a lot of use out of it on your own travels I wanted to give all of you a little surprise.
Remember, to say a massive thank you to all my readers, Bemused Backpacker has partnered up with Water To Go to give you an awesome 15% off any bottle or filter purchase made through the Water To Go Website here with the exclusive discount code BEMUSED15 at checkout!
This will give you a great discount on a great product, and make the bottle even better value for money!
This review was possible with a product supplied by Water To Go ltd. The views and opinions expressed are the authors own and are honest and factual without any bias. Affiliate links are used with the discount code and I will receive a small referral fee if you decide to purchase at absolutely no extra cost to you (in fact you save money)! No incentives are ever accepted in return for positive coverage, and in the instances where assistance has been given by travel industry professionals and services, full editorial integrity is maintained and all reviews will remain honest and forthright.