My family and I like things to be easy when we travel. It doesn’t matter if we’re on a road trip across the state or a plane trip to another state, we need things to be easy peasy.
We recently found a way to make things super easy when we travel and it’s a super easy addition to our vacation ‘routine’.
It’s all about hydration. That’s right – keeping my three kids (and my wife and myself, for that matter!) hydrated is super important. For my wife and I, we’re trying to drink less diet soda. In our case, we desire something cold to drink if it’s going to fit the bill and be a substitute for a cold soda.
Ok, so staying hydrated is important. Check. Helping out the environment by using a re-useable container is good. Check. So, where do we go from here?
As you start to consider water bottles for your family:
- Balance weight and insulation. Plastic bottles, like Nalgene branded ones, are great because they’re light-weight. However, Hydro Flask bottles and the like, which are insulated, keep liquid cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours.
- Look at wide-mouth models. They’re easier to fill and easier for small mouths to take drinks from
- Think about size. Is 10 oz good enough for your child, or are they thirsty rabbits who need a bigger one? Size will affect weight, as mentioned above
On a recent trip to Carlsbad, California, my family was equipped with Hydro Flask (thanks to Hydro Flask for the samples!) insulated water bottles to try out.
Here’s what we found:
There are lots of bottles to choose from. Head to Target or REI and take a look – they run in all sorts of prices, quality, etc. Hydro Flasks are a premium model and the 10 oz bottles our kids used are about $25/piece – or on sale for $20 last I checked. But, they’re built like a tank and come with a lifetime warranty.
Hydro Flask bottles are designed in Bend, Oregon and come built with quality construction that doesn’t allow condensation or heat transfer to the outside of the bottle.
Personalization is important. My kids are 9, 6, and 4 and they each have their preferences. These bottles, in particular are awesome because they come in a multitude of colors that allow my kids to know which bottle is theirs. Also, through stickers and painted hearts, my little ones love personalizing their bottles.
For us, we decided upon the 10 oz models for our kids and they’re perfect. They hold enough water to keep our kids replenished on a longer hike, but aren’t too heavy that our kids complain about the weight in the backpacks. I love that even if left in a hot car on a sunny day, the bottles keep their ice water (or juice, lemonade or fruit punch) icy cold. It’s crazy.
Saving plastic by going re-usable. We’re from Oregon, yeah, so we’re hippies, we get it. But let’s face facts – plastic water bottles are too widely used and they’re ending up in the ocean. That’s not cool. So it’s great that for us, we’re using a bottle that can be filled over and over for the rest of our lives (remember, lifetime warranty!).
Finding water re-fill stations is so easy. In the Portland airport, there are special water re-fill stations that enable you to have filtered cold water. So, just take an empty Hydro Flask through security and fill it up just on the other side! I’ve seen the same re-fill stations across the country at airports like Minneapolis, DFW, Chicago O’Hare and more.
Save money at the same time. A bottle of water in the at the ball park or in the airport is $3 – $5 depending on size. So, if you use it enough, spending $25 on an insulated bottle will pay for itself in a matter of weeks or months.
As a bonus – if you like hot liquids like coffee or tea, the Hydro Flask will keep these piping hot for 12 hours. Believe me…I used it for hot cocoa for our kids recently on a cold night of camping. It was amazing!
Disclosure: Hydro Flask furnished the water bottles used in this report. While the company provided the product, my opinions can never be bought. 🙂