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Ceci n'est pas un con report [Aug. 8th, 2012|01:33 pm]
Marissa Lingen
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In conversation with alecaustin and cattitude and davidgoldfarb at the Farthing Party brunch on Friday, I realized that I had not made a livejournal PSA about one of my favorite things for travel, a thing which timprov discovered. So this is that PSA.

I really like the Brita water bottles with the filter built into the mouthpiece. You can pack them empty in your backpack or messenger bag or whatever it is you use for your carry-on, and once you're through security, you can fill them at the tap or the drinking fountain and not have to pay for water. And then for the rest of your trip if you're somewhere with great water, no harm, and if you're somewhere the water is kind of foul-tasting, it will be improved before it ever reaches your lips.

They're very light, they're not very expensive--far more cost-effective than buying drinks on the far side of airport security--and they come in nice colors. There is a little loop you can use to clip them onto your bag if you have a carabiner. I bet lots of you have carabiners. Everything but the little filter bit can go in your dishwasher when you get home if you have a dishwasher at home. It is muchly convenient.

This is your deep, analytical post for the moment. We had lots of good conversation about books and stories and art and genre and like that, and about other things too, and maybe I will even find things that I can say about them instead of making the face of thinkiness over here. But in the meantime: Brita water bottle. Ayeh.

[User Picture]From: roadnotes
2012-08-08 09:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this recommendation. I still need a good water bottle, and a filter in the mouthpiece sounds wise.
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[User Picture]From: wshaffer
2012-08-08 10:19 pm (UTC)
I'll have to think about getting one of those - I usually carry a non-filtering water bottle with me when I travel, and I've been to some places in the past year that had seriously un-tasty tap water. (Not, I should hasten to add, Sofia. Because as my Bulgarian language lessons assured me, "even the tap water is good to drink in Bulgaria!")

How do you find the Brita bottles do with leaking? I've had terrible luck with water bottles leaking on my carry-on luggage or my gym bag if they happen to tip over in transit. Even bottles that seem like they have nice secure lids with o-ring seals and stuff. Possibly I'm just clumsy, but I would like to find a water bottle that is easy to drink from but not easy to spill.
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[User Picture]From: timprov
2012-08-08 11:29 pm (UTC)
They don't leak when they tip over but they do sometimes if you squeeze them wrong. And you have to squeeze to get the water through the filter.
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[User Picture]From: aedifica
2012-08-09 12:21 am (UTC)
ooh! I might need to get one of those. (Especially if I'm ever going to visit Iowa City again.)
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From: nenya_kanadka
2012-08-09 03:12 am (UTC)
Oh, how neat. I've been carrying a (non-filtering) reusable water bottle for the last few plane trips, and for daily life as well, but the idea of being able to filter out the ick in places with less-tasty water is lovely. Must consider this for future.
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[User Picture]From: blue_hat_guru
2012-08-09 03:42 am (UTC)

How much are filters?
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[User Picture]From: timprov
2012-08-09 04:20 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: dichroic
2012-08-09 02:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks for that. I have one of the Bobble bottles with built-in filter, but it's a bit small, doesn't have a loop, and I'm not sure I trust it not to leak.
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[User Picture]From: spacecrab
2012-08-10 02:12 am (UTC)
I'm sorry I missed the Different Panel. (I fill my old Arrowhead bottles with tap water and keep one in the refrigerator.)
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2012-08-10 03:28 am (UTC)
papersky decided not to do a Different Panel, which I think was a relief, as a lot of us were pretty tired by then.
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