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1. Posted by evadiva (Budding Member 30 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

i don't go anywhere without my nalgene (really, it's a camelbak waterbottle, the same thing, just has a straw :P), but seriously, i hate regular water bottles and dispise buying water by the ounce. where i live is really good for just filling it up with tap whenever i want...or water fountains, ect....but is it a good idea to travel with my bottle? im going just to argentina, rural and urban areas alike...
maybe i should get a pack of water purifiers before i leave to argentina? im just not sure if you just use these in small not camping, yet im on a budget and i dont want to destroy the earth with that accumulation of disposable bottles over 4 months..
thanks fellow nalgene users

2. Posted by findemundo (Full Member 127 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hi Evadiva
Why wouldn't you travel with your bottle? I spent a year traveling all over South America with mine. Stuck little stickers that came with snacks all over it, brought it home and it's a nice keepsake (that I still use)!

Re water purification; many tablets are dosed to purify a liter of water - what a perfect combo.
Re water filtering; if you buy a water filter, there are several models that have an attachment that delivers the filtered water directly into the wide mouth nalgene design (through a hose or screwed directly to the filter). Again, a perfect combo.
Check this one out

In most cities, you won't need to purify or filter city tap water. In rural areas, I'd filter or purify all drinking water.

Good luck!

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 16, 2008, at 2:18 PM by findemundo ]

3. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hi Eva,

Even though I applaud your environmental consciousness, and even though you can of course take your water bottle and purification gear, the Golden Rule imo is only to use them if no alternative is available. This is mainly for reasons of health; manually purified water usually has much higher concentrations of chemicals in it than is good for you. It is harmless in the short run, but should still only be used as a last resort. Before you ask: non-chemical purification alone is not sufficient.

This means sticking to bottled water whenever you can get it; in SA, that means pretty much everywhere outside national park and REALLY remote areas. But often you can also drink the tap water (even if it doesn't taste well); just ask the locals, but keep in mind that their tolerance may have been built up over years, so also use your common sense.

4. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

would not drink water from the tab in BA but in Patagonia or North of Argentina before I would use this chemical stuff.
Water is not soooo expensiv in Argentina and who says that you have to throw the bottle away?
I have seen that the plastic bottles where collected for receicling.
Paid in BA for 1 litre water less then US $ 1 !!!

5. Posted by evadiva (Budding Member 30 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

ok, yeah....i guess ill BRING it at least, then ask locals, ect....., it's always a handy water proof container if nothing else!!
and yeah, i was definately gonna make a more colorful bottle! mine currently has several chiquita banana stickers on it...:P

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 18, 2008, at 9:33 AM by evadiva ]

6. Posted by sdaltrey (Budding Member 68 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!


I have drunk tap water from all over Argentina and I´ve had no problems. I too carry a camelback and just fill up rather than spending $$$$ on bottled water. To be honest I have drunk the tap water from most countries in south america and I´ve never had go dashing for the loo. Then again I had 30 years hard training drinking the lovely London wet stuff!