One of the things I hate about travel is being a slave to overpriced water vendors at airports. There’s no way I like spending $5 on a 16oz bottle of water just because TSA security confiscated mine.
Unlike saving my used plastic water bottles for reuse– something I occasionally, still do— I take my Vapur water bottle. It collapses, rolls up and fits into my purse or pocket and I can take it everywhere I go. Pretty convenient, huh? And I’m all about “conveniences”, when I go solo.
These days, I simply zip through TSA security check with my Vapur water bottle and after clearing checkpoint, unroll and refill it at the water fountain inside.
Are reuseable water bottles a good alternative to buying airport water?
Now, you can always re-use your plastic bottles(eHow facts here) or get a reusable sports bottle. The only drawback is that they take up space in your bag.
So option number two…
These days, I’ve been a big fan of these VAPUR bottles, ever since I found them in Malaysia on a hot day. It reminded me of the Platypus (a similar kind of collapseable bottle I wanted to try). Luckily, this was more accessible and cheaper!
Self-standing, the bottles are long, flat and oval, like a hot water bottle, so using them may initially feel awkward. But they actually fit better in bag corners and pockets. For instance, I can store it against the wall of my day pack or in my laptop compartment (when my laptop isn’t in it, of course). Outside pockets are not a problem and they can clip onto my bag or waist belt, if you’re looking to sport a ‘hiking nerd’ look.
Tip: Always have the cap screwed tight and remember where you put it so accidentally sit on it.
Vapur Water Bottles Specifications and other usage
The bottles are BPA-free, so you can sustain being in the sun and you can reuse it as many times as you want. It has FDA-approved polyethylene liner that resists taste and stains and is dishwasher safe. You can find them in several colors, styles (large-mouth to sport bottle spout)and size (anywhere from 0.4 L-1L).
You can even freeze it if you want cold iced water on a hot day… or use it as an ice pack!
How often do I use my Vapur?
I don’t use it all the time. Occasionally, I like to buy a nice cold drink to fend off the heat.
But I always keep it stored rolled up in my daypack or bag. More often I use it on trekking trips, the gym and sightseeing days, when I’m far from a water source or I know I’ll be on the road for a long time. The fact it’s always saved me $4-5 USD expenses on airport bottled water or at tourist sites makes me gloat with pride.
How do you wash a Vapur bottle?
I put some warm soap water in, close the cap and shake it around. When not in use, I blow in it, to open it and then leave it in the sun or dish rack to dry.
They’re not anti-microbial like the more heavy duty Platypus, so expect it to have a life expectancy. They won’t make a dent in your wallet though, so they’re easily replaced.
Where can you buy it?
You can get it online at Amazon here. You can also usually find it places like Target, Walmart. I’ve bought them on sale at Office Depot for $3.
Note: By buying off of this site, I make a tiny percentage from sales to help maintain this blog. There is no added expense to you, so we both win! Also, I’m a big bargain shopper with Amazon and all for getting it at the lower price. If you do a little keyword search, you can sometimes find dealers that sell it for much less than the more popular listings.
Reuseable Water bottle alternatives:
The Platypus bottle touts a anti-microbial treatment to prevent slime. This is the one I was originally wanted before I found the Vapur bottles. They’re a bit pricier than the Vapur bottles. There’s also a hydration pack version.
This brand I can’t vouch for but they’ve got larger sizes (up to 3 Liters), a wide mouth and can withstand up to 220 degrees Farhenheit.
Do you buy water or use a water bottle when you travel?
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