The Better Bottle

International travelers are told time and time again, “It’s a beautiful country, but whatever you do, don’t drink the water!” Although in the past, travelers had to resort to buying bottled beverages in-country, the prevalence of self-filtering water bottles now allows travelers to drink local water safely.

We’ve taken a look at some of the best options out there. Here’s our short list. It is important to note that these bottles should all be filled with relatively clean water, such as tap water, unless otherwise stated.


Bobble Bottles

The Bobble Bottle has a sleek design and comes in a variety of colors, starting at the low cost of $8.99. Although the soft plastic body keeps the bottle from slipping out of wet hands, squeezing the bottle too hard could cause an easy spill. Water does not flow quickly through the filter, so taking a long drink of water is difficult. The Bobble Bottle is not dishwasher safe, and the filter lasts for about two months.


Clearly Filtered Stainless Steel Bottle

Clearly Filtered BottleAlthough the Clearly Filtered Stainless Steel Bottle has a higher starting price of $46.95, it is capable of filtering water from lakes, rivers, or streams. The filter removes 99.99% of viruses found in the water, not just the bacteria and protozoa that other filters eliminate. The filters last up to six months, and the stainless steel body is ideal for camping or any other situation in which the bottle may be tossed around.


Hydros Side Fill Bottle

Hydros Side Fill BottleThe Hydros Side Fill Bottle uses a coconut-based carbon filter that allows for a steady stream of water when drinking. The bottle opens from the side to allow for easy filling; however, the cap is difficult to use and to disassemble when replacing the filter. Prices start at $27.99, and the filter is good for about two months. Although the price may seem steep, users may be satisfied to know that the company donates $1 to sustainable water infrastructure projects throughout the world for every bottle purchased.


CamelBak Groove

Camelbak GrooveThe CamelBak Groove is known for being spill proof, no matter what. Its loop handle also creates an easy way to carry the bottle or attach it to a pack. Although some users have reported mold growth, the Groove is dishwasher safe because the carbon filter can be removed from the drinking spout; this feature also makes the Groove usable for beverages other than water. Prices start at $17.99, and the filter lasts for about three months.


-Holly Smith