This is a post in an ongoing feature on Her Packing List called “The One Little Thing.” Each week or two, we’ll be interviewing a traveling lady to find out the one little thing she can’t travel without. This one comes to you from Lauriane Giroux.
What’s the one little thing you can’t travel without?
My Vapur water bottle! It’s a 0.7 litre soft foldable bottle. I tried it for the first time this year and was very pleasantly surprised.
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Why has this one item been so important to you?
Maybe it’s because I’m from Canada, a place where we have and use a LOT of water, but wherever I go I always need to have a water bottle with me. However, bottles usually take up quite a lot of space (and don’t really fit well in purses), which is all the more annoying when the bottle is empty and still takes up half the bag.
This summer I went on a big Ireland trip and did loads of hiking, and decided to try a soft bottle and it saved so much room in my day pack! I was always very skeptical about this type of bottles, thinking they would either leak (lots of my hard, regular water bottles do!), or not stand straight or that the carabiner would rip the bottle from the weight of the water. Luckily, none of that happened with this one!
How packable is it? Does it take up much room? Is it heavy?
That’s the thing with these bottles, they’re so packable! When the bottle is full it does take up pretty much the same space as a normal bottle, maybe a little more flexible, but as soon as you start to drink from it, it takes less and less space. Once it’s empty you can quickly roll it and it’s as small as a tissue pack. As for the weight I would say it’s pretty much the weight of the water, otherwise it’s very very light.
Would you recommend this to your travel friends?
I most definitely would! It was great for me because I’m a travel photographer and even if I try my best to pack light, when I go on hikes, my day pack is pretty much already full of equipment. When I left with that bottle, I would either squeeze it in the bag (no worries, it won’t leak or explode in your bag) or tie it to the outside of my bag with the carabiner at the top of the bottle, and then roll it up once empty.
Can you name one situation where you were glad to have this item with you?
I was spending a few weeks living with friends in Dublin, and decided to spend two nights in a hostel in the Wicklow Mountains to hike around. Since it was a very short trip, I decided to try and fit everything in my daypack- photo equipment, toiletries, clothes and all. I had no room for a water bottle in the mix, but tied mine to the strap of my bag and went hiking. It got dragged everywhere and kept kind of swinging with the pace of my walk and still it held perfectly fine! When I was done I could put it in the bag and no worries.
How did you hear about this item?
Well, like I said earlier, I wasn’t really confident in using that type of bottles. When you’re hiking the last thing you need is to get everything you own wet because your bottle broke in the bag. My mom kept insisting that I should at least give it a try. One day I went to a travel center to get my international driving license, and they were selling these Vapur bottles which seemed quite well made and solid so I gave in!
What sort of traveler is this item perfect for?
This is perfect for thirsty travelers! But really there’s one for every type. They sell different sizes (0.4L, 0.5L, 0.7L, 1L) and different colors. They also sell some with a filter and others specially designed to carry wine! The only thing you need to do is go get one!
About the Author: Lauriane is a 21 year old travel photographer and graphic designer who can’t get enough. When she’s not traveling, she spends her time in Montreal working with musicians to capture shows and goes horseback riding to help her wait for her next adventure. Soon moving to Ireland to discover new parts of the world, you can follow her work at www.laurianegiroux.com.