Beach in Cabo Pulmo National Park, Baja California, Mexico
If on your trip you want to avoid as much as possible the environmental impact that you are leaving along the way, one of the fundamental practices focuses on the use of water and the different techniques for turn water into drinking. Without a doubt, in addition to helping the environment you will also save part of the budget during the trip.
Also, knowing these techniques will also help you avoid some other stomach ache or diarrhea. According to World Health Organization 80% of diseases during trips are caused by poor water health. In many places on the planet, tap water is not healthy. Buying plastic bottles on a daily basis is a solution but with this we will not help the planet much, especially in developing countries where recycling will arrive on February 31 of a year yet to be defined.
Personally I usually carry a bottle of iodine tincture to kill bacteria although it is a practice that is not advised for long-term trips as it can lead to thyroid problems. Of course, I have used it in countries like India applying a few drops to the water available in hotels and restaurants and never, I repeat, I have never had stomach problems in that country. And that India is among the most common places to get stomach diseases among travelers.
Today, there are a number of methods to treat water for all tastes that will eventually avoid the environmental impact as well as your daily expenses. Between them We highlight the following formulas to convert drinking water into our trips:
Water pills and drops
- Iodine tincture
Iodine is the most common and easily accessible formula you will have. You will find it in all pharmacies and it can come in pills although its most common presentation is through a liquid bottle. It is effective in most bacteria although its taste is much better. A couple of drops on a liter of water and after half an hour the water is free of germs. As I mentioned earlier, the continued use of iodine can create thyroid problems. It is without doubt the cheapest and best known. If you go to the pharmacy and pay with a 5-euro bill they will return the exchange and the bottle will expire before you finish it.
- Chlorine tablets
Like iodine tincture we will find chlorine tablets easily in pharmacies. They are effective but just as iodine can also give the water a curious taste and its use for a long time can also create a health problem. Without a doubt, they are also a very economical and effective way out of step.
- Katadyn Micropur pickups
They are small tablets with chlorine dioxide that act on germs and bacteria quickly. Basically we purify the technique of the usual chlorine tablets by adding some peculiarities such as chlorine to avoid possible bad smells of water. Of course, depending on the type of water it may take about 2 hours to take effect especially in cases where the water is muddy. A box usually contains about 100 pills and comes out for about 15 euros. To give you an idea, a water treatment tablet acts on an amount of one liter of water.
Portable water purification systems