If you have traveled somewhere or hiked up a mountain, I’m sure you must have encountered a point when you went out of drinking water. I follow many blogs which are mostly related to travel and gadgets, and I have often seen this unique bottle called LifeStraw Go that they have been carrying along on their trekking trails and literally every place they travel. Last week, I went on a solo trip to cover Madhya Pradesh Heritage trail and took this LifeStraw Go Bottle along with me to check out if it’s worth the hype.
The initial reaction for this bottle from me and my family was that it looks elegantly designed from outside, and the color being very attractive. I personally love how the aqua color is suited to water and most of my previous bottles are of the same color. Btw, this is how the bottle looks like.
At first, I was a bit afraid to use the LifeStraw filter, but then I had to make a move to see if the claims and all those reviews up on the internet are true or not. I had read all the FAQs and the instructions as to where not to use this filter, and I’d suggest you to read them if you are using it. Here is one tip which I’d like to suggest to every user.
LifeStraw filters (LifeStraw, LifeStraw Go) do not remove contaminants that are dissolved in water including chemicals (like arsenic) or salt. They should not be used in areas where there is known chemical contamination and ocean water.
Where all I used my LifeStraw Go?
I thought it would be a good decision to also include the list of sources where I got the water from. So here is the list of some of the sources of water that I remember I re-filled my water bottle at.
- Water they serve in Hotel
- Water from Freshwater Stream
- Water I got from a House in Village
- Underground Water from Hand Pump
- Water served in a local Dhaba (Restaurant)
- Water from a cooler at Public Place
- Well Water at the place where I stayed in Orchha (Friends of Orchha)
How does LifeStraw filter Work?
Being an engineer and also having the curiosity to understand new things, I decided to check out the filtration process of LifeStraw filter. The process is pretty basic – the filter is made up of two components: Hollow Fibre Membrane to remove waterborne bacteria and protozoa and Active Carbon Capsule to reduce bad taste, chlorine and organic chemical matter. The fibre membrane removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria (>LOG 6 reduction), including E-Coli according to the official specifications. For more specific details, I’d suggest you to refer to the original website of LifeStraw.
Where to buy LifeStraw Go?
The bottle is available on all major online shopping websites across India. Buy it from Flipkart! Below are some photos from the last trip to Madhya Pradesh.
Btw, I forgot to tell you how I saved while travelling. Here’s how.
I travelled for 10 days, and drank around (lets say) 5 liters of water per day. One mineral water bottle costs around Rs. 20, so the total savings went upto 10x5x20 = Rs. 1000 for a trip!
Apart from this, I also reduced my plastic footprint by saving the plastic amount of upto 50 plastic bottles.
For each LifeStraw you purchase, one school child in a developing community receives safe drinking water for an entire school year.
That’s awesome. Isn’t it?
Note: I was provided with a LifeStraw Go for my trip. However, all the opinions and photos are my own. 🙂