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A major, yet often overlooked, aspect of international travel is that unconventional itineraries often include an unwanted but obligatory escort: single-use plastic water bottles. Even the ardently anti-plastic are forced into buying water—which often land in landfills—on the road, even in large parts of the US. But a straightforward solution exists in the LifeStraw Go Stainless Steel water bottle, a vacuum-insulated bottle with built-in, survival-grade water filter.
The LifeStraw Go water bottle holds 24 ounces, is made of double-wall stainless steel, and has a flip-top, straw-like mouthpiece. But it's what's inside that really matters: a low-volume, high-tech filter that can handle the tap at the off-grid jungle hostel you booked, or the stream beside that epic campsite you scouted. The membrane filter removes 99.999999% of bacteria, 99.999% of parasites, and 99.999% of microplastics, silt, sand, and cloudiness while improving taste and smell.
In other words, yes, you can trust LifeStraw Go with even the sketchiest water sources.
LifeStraw has been deploying its membrane microfilter tech around the world for over two decades—the company's origins are in humanitarian aid and still today provides a year's worth of safe drinking water to a child for every product sold—and it meets EPA drinking water standards. We could tell you how the filter's hollow fiber membranes are speckled with tiny 0.2-micron openings that let in clean water and block all the bad stuff, and how the activated carbon element reduces chlorine and chemical matter, but why complicate something so simple?
The bottom line is: If you're traveling or camping abroad, or even close to home, the LifeStraw Go Stainless Steel water bottle with filter is your best eco-friendly alternative to single-use plastic, period. (That is, unless you consider the company's other adventure-focused filter products, including these recently released straws and squeeze bottles.)