How to travel to Sri Lanka without plastic bottles

Health comes first, and is as important as the Planet. Traveling to tropical countries or isolated islands is an extra in waste production because running water is a very expensive good. But there are ways to avoid this waste without putting our health at risk, and here I tell you how we travelled without buying a bottle of water.

Why you should avoid drinking tap water

Well, although in Europe many people buy plastic bottles for the taste of water or because they want to have it with gas, in many countries the tap water is not potable. Here we are not talking about buying water optionally, it is only option.

If to the lack of water, you add, an island and many tourists, the environmental burden on the country increases. The people of the country usually drink water from tanks that previously boil in their homes. However, sometimes this water is not sterile, and it has bacteria, parasites, particles … to which we, outsiders, are not used to and can be harmful to health.

That is why we must find a middle point, where tourists can obtain water without polluting with plastic countries that don’t have waste collection plans. In addition, we are at the same time  teaching with our example how to decrease the plastic while we travel.

What filter do we use?

Since until now we have traveled to countries without potable tap water but also without contaminants of heavy metals or viruses, we bought (this post is NOT sponsored, we have paid every cent of the filter eh!), the Sawyer filter MINI. We decided to buy this because it is very small and weighs very little, it is ideal to travel to countries that have water tanks but want to eliminate the possible parasitic or microbial load of the water.

It has a pore size of 0.1 micron and eliminates 99,999 bacteria, protozoa and coarse particles. The water comes out crystal clear and tastes perfect. It can be used for up to 378,000 Liters. In this video we teach you how to use it and how to clean it.

How to use it

  1. Unscrew the lid of the bag.
  2. Fill the bag with water.
  3. Screw the filter to the bag
  4. Squeeze the bag so that the water comes out or drain it through the filter
  5. Close the filter

How to clean it

  1. Fill the syringe with clean water.
  2. Place the tip of the syringe on the filter outlet
  3. Place the filter at a distance from itself.
  4. Pass the water from the syringe to the filter with force.
  5. Repeat

Where did we got the water from

We filtered directly the tap water from the hotel or the tanks that they have in each house.

Additional treatments to the water

We haven’t treated the water before or after, but if you have access, boiling the water before or after is an additional safety, and it is one of the best ways to avoid many virus and toxins.

On the other hand, there are water purification tablets but we have not tested them.

Alternatives for filtering water that contains heavy metals and viruses

Here I tell you what we have read but have not tried ourselves. There are some filters for countries where the water has more risks than where we have been until now.

If you know that the risk of water contamination is greater than ours in Sri Lanka you can to look for filters that eliminate 99.99999% of possible contaminants. Sawyer brand has one purifier that has a shorter duration but greater filtration and purification. It has a total of 400 uses, that is, to filter 4L days for 52 days.



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