Posts Tagged ‘Pristine Water bottle and filter’

Reduce Plastic Bottles

24/08/2009

Buy this product!

Buy this product!

By Randall Richards
We have been using the Pristine Water Bottle with filter in Peru for about two months now, and we’re ready to endorse this product with no reservations. We have cut our plastic bottle footprint by 95%. We still buy the occasional bottle water con gas, as a treat, but even then we’re about ready to stop that practice.
Another benefit of using this product is, I’ve never had a healthier stay in Peru. I have heard of bottled water sometimes having tampered caps, and this is the first time I’ve not had some sort of stomach upset.  I am pulling water right out of the tap here in Cusco, and it’s working well.

Although I like the Katadyn external water filter that I’ve had for years, which works well for high altitude and fail-safe longer trips, I have to say their water bottle filter is too heavy and takes up too much room (within the bottle for any water)  for my liking.

This thing works. SteriPen Classic

This thing works. SteriPen Classic

Another product we’re using, which although is new for us, but is working well,  is the SteriPen UV water purifier. It too has been easy to use and working without a hitch, also to purify drinking water from the tap. We recommend the Classic model as it takes standard Lithium or NiMH batteries.

Buy these products, cut out the plastic bottles, whether in South America or anywhere in the world.

Inbox: Water Bottle/T-Shirts

18/06/2009

Pristine Water Bottle & Filter/T-Shirts in Peru’s Winter?
Randy,
How effective do you think the water bottle with filter is?   Will it get
warm enough for us to wear T-shirts?  I am trying to
sort out what to bring .
S. Reid

Hi S,
Yes a couple of T-shirts will come in handy, as it will be warm enough, in the sun,…especially when walking or hiking. You can find fun T-shirts  in Peru too, but the cotton is usually of a bit thinner quality. Just don’t forget a good poly-pro or fine-spun wool under layer regardless of the T-shirt decision.

Pristine Water Bottle/Filter

Pristine Water Bottle/Filter

Water Bottle: According to the doctor*, (*see previous post on Travel Essentials) the water bottle is his front line of defense. He has used it daily in India, Peru etc. as has his wife, who I also met at the office. Both he and the water bottle have a good reputation.

The beauty of this device is it frees one up from purchasing tons of bottled water, and thus, reduces the plastic purchased. When we do purchase bottled water, we can also pour that into the bottle/filter, which is really doubling up on protection, however I’ve drunk bottled water for years and never had a problem as long as I check the seal to make sure it’s a new factory sealed bottle.

Travel Essentials

17/06/2009

I’ve been on the road for a considerable time, vagabonding from Brittany France to Hawaii, and Patagonia or working as a guide. Either in between jobs, and most times, because of them, I’ve been fortunate enough to see some wonderful sites.   My wife recently visited an excellent travel clinic here in New Zealand called….The Travel Clinic headed by Dr Anwar Hoosen.  Their website is brilliant, which has tons of information for the traveler and the doctor knows his stuff.  Dr. Hoosen is only an email away for clients who have had an initial consult before their trip.

Pristine Bottle

Pristine Bottle

Not only did Amanda receive excellent advice, but the clinic had an array of products that I had to recommend here. All items can be purchased through Travel Clinic, or if your elsewhere, which is more than likely, simply do a Google search for the item, which is listed below by brand name .

Top on the list is the Pristine water bottle with built in charcoal filter. While climbing or trekking in the backcountry warrants a regular filter, this item is perfect for traveling. The doctor at the Travel Clinic takes this with him to India and beyond for use with tap water and clear sources.

Enerlyte

Enerlyte

Enerlyte is used to treat and prevent dehydration due to diarrhoea and traveller’s gastroenteritis in adults and children. While there are a number of products available, the packets/sachets are a good size for individual use and easy to pack. Some found abroad are larger doses.

HandClens is a foaming sanitizer and lotion which is alcohol-free. Most sanitizers contain alcohol. They come in 50ml sizes and can go a long way in prevention of germs.

Paper Soap

Paper Soap

Pocket or Paper Soap leaves are cool. They are a quick way to get soap in your hands without carrying a bar of soap in your pocket. Who would have thunk? The brand we picked up in NZ are made by Sea to Summit.

"Whiz Freedom"

"Whiz Freedom"

Whiz Freedom, or similar brand items have helped many a female client over the years, become more comfortable peeing outside or at public toilets. I’ve recommended this sort of thing on our mountain trips, but will also recommend them on front-country expeditions as well.

"GSE"

"GSE"

Grape Fruit Seed Extract or GSE, by Nutribiotic,  has been recommended for years as a bacteriacide and health supportive supplement. I’ve washed my veggies in a concentration for years, and taken it internally when sick at home or abroad. It kicks butt. If you’ve not heard of it, I highly recommend doing your own research on it. Available at most health food stores stateside.

SteriPEN

SteriPEN

SteriPEN makes hand-held water purifiers with ultraviolet light as the medium. Although I’ve not used them, I plan on purchasing one soon. The price is very affordable, and great for travel to places like Peru or India. They make a few different models, one for packing, traveling and a new version with digital read-out capability.

No-Jet-Lag

No-Jet-Lag

No-Jet-Lag is a homeopathic jet lag prevention pill with no side effects or drug interactions and is natural. While I’ve not used them, they have good reports. Made in New Zealand. Their packaging is now cooler than the image on left,  if that sways you in any way.
Coca leaves for altitude sickness? Hmmm. Stay tuned, I’ll tell you what I’ve learned in another post.