With the vast majority of our planet’s surface covered in water (over 70%!), drinkable water should be easy to find, right? Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Between undrinkable saltwater and pollution in our waterways, clean water can be hard to come by. Even here in the United States, there are sources of water contamination that are making people sick and putting out kids at risk. That’s where effective water filters can be a literal lifesaver. Check out these ways our Hike it Baby families utilize water filtration technology to access clean water every day and everywhere.
Whether you are on a short hike near your home or on a multi-day trek in the backwoods, clean water is essential. Carrying a water filtration bottle as part of your hiking essentials means that your family will have access to clean water free of bacteria, parasites, and microplastics on any trail with a water source. If your child prefers to carry their own water, the kid-approved Lifestraw Play Bottle is the perfect size to keep your kiddo hydrated on the trail, and comes with added protection against heavy metals such as lead.
In Offices and Schools
While one would hope that our office buildings and schools have clean water, that is not always the case. Contaminants such as pesticides and lead can enter the water and pose health risks. Thankfully, it is now easier than ever to filter water on the go simply by using a bottle with a built-in filtration system. For your school-age kiddos, pack their bag with a kid-sized filtration bottle.
When Traveling Abroad
Travel with kids can be stressful enough without having to worry about where to find clean water wherever you explore. We like the Lifestraw Universal, which fits into most popular water bottle brands and turns your favorite bottle into a water filter. It protects against bacteria, chemicals, parasites, and microplastics so that you can focus on making memories on your next family trip abroad.
During Military Deployments
Many of the members in our Hike it Baby community belong to military families, some of which experience deployments overseas to countries with very different (or no) water quality standards. Carrying a filter device could mean the difference between contracting a water-borne illness and completing your mission. A collapsible bottle with an included filter is the perfect option. It provides protection against heavy metals, bacteria, parasites, microplastics, and organic chemical matter. You can also use it to draw filtered water for other uses such as hand-washing and tooth-brushing. Look for one that can fold up easily to fit into a pack without taking up too much room.
Women’s bodies are incredible. Not only can we sustain our own health, but we can grow and sustain a new human being on top of it! That amazing ability also means that almost everything a woman takes in also crosses through to the little one she is growing. That makes finding clean water sources that are free from contaminants such as heavy metals and pesticides imperative to the growth and well-being of both Mama and baby. A great way to help protect against water-born contaminants is by using a filter bottle when out and about and a home filter when at home to filter out the bad while keeping the essential nutrients like magnesium and potassium.
Water filtration systems aren’t just for the backcountry. They can be a part of your day-to-day life to ensure you have clean drinking water no matter where you are. Do you use a water filtration system in your daily life? Please share in the comments!
About Hike it Baby
Hike it Baby is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to getting families outdoors and on trails across the U.S. and internationally, supporting, educating and inspiring families through their more than 300 communities across North America. Since its grassroots inception in 2013 in Portland, Oregon, Hike it Baby is now a growing community of 270,000 families and 500 volunteer branch ambassadors hosting more than 1,600 hikes per month. More information, as well as daily hike schedules, can be found at HikeitBaby.com, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram.
Image courtesy of Jessica Human.