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 just can’t travel without. This one comes to you from Didar.
Hi! I’m Didar, a 19 year old International Relations student. I was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. I spent my childhood traveling thanks to my father’s business. I’ve visited a diverse set of countries: Greece, Russia, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Switzerland to name a few. I won’t have to worry about staying hydrated on my journey across Europe this summer because my CamelBak Groove Water Bottle turns tap water into delicious, freshly filtered water with every sip.
What one little thing can you not travel without?
The one little thing I can’t travel without is my CamelBak Groove water bottle. It turns tap water into fresh clean-tasting water thanks to its plant-based filter.
Why has this one item been so important to you?
Living in a city where bottled water is cheap and abundant, finding fresh water with a decent taste has been a primary concern for me during my travels. When I’m traveling on a budget and under the sun, purchasing bottled water throughout the day is not sustainable. Drinking tap water was something I really avoided until I began using this bottle. It filters the water to take away any unpleasant taste and odor. It doesn’t feel like I’m drinking tap water at all.
Editor’s note: The filter does not eliminate harmful bacteria.
How packable is it? Does it take up much room? Is it heavy?
It is spill-proof, so you can throw it into the bottom of your backpack or clip its loop handle to a carabiner. It’s certainly not heavy. Although it is spill-proof, I prefer carrying it in my backpack’s side pocket just to be safe.
Why would you recommend this to your travel friends?
I can’t stress enough the importance of staying hydrated while traveling. Fresh water keeps you healthy and energized. Always having great tasting, clean water with you (for free) is a simple way to drink more water. When I’m exploring a city for the first time, the question of drinking water is the last thing I want on my mind. Especially in some cities where bottled water is unreasonably expensive, having to spend that much money on something I can get for free bothered me.
Can you name one incident or situation where you were so happy to have this item with you?
I was so happy to have packed my CamelBak when I was in Russia this November. I dislike sparkling water, and there was no way to tell the difference between still and sparkling water since I can’t read Cyrillic script. This item was a lifesaver for me because I never had to purchase a bottle of water from the vending machine, only to realize it was sparkling after opening it.
How did you hear about this item?
Three years ago, I truly realized the negative effects of purchasing plastic bottled water and began looking for alternatives. I considered carrying my own bottle but realized that purchasing water in a bottle to transfer it to my own bottle made no sense.
CamelBak had teamed up with Water.org to create a limited edition bottle with $10 from each purchase supporting the foundation. I made an impulse purchase and haven’t regretted it once. Since it was limited edition, it is no longer available. However, there are many types to accommodate different needs.
What sort of traveler is this item perfect for?
Anyone who is concerned about going through an excessive amount of plastic bottles and wants to stay hydrated on the go must purchase this product. This is an investment not only for when I’m traveling but also for daily use. If you value your time and money but can’t give up the clean taste of bottled water, CamelBak’s filtration is miraculous.
About the author: Didar began her university career as a Comparative Literature student but quickly began pursuing an International Relations & Philosophy degree. She loves reading, writing and traveling while complaining about not having enough time to do it all. Should you wish to follow her thoughts and travels you can follow her on Twitter and Instagram.