Green Tip #192: Water In the Car

We have been on the road quite a bit this summer and one thing I always try to remember and do is keep a stainless steel water bottle in the car with us. Otherwise we end up having to buy water somewhere on our travels and neither of us is a fan of bottled water. Of course it’s good idea to refresh the water in the car that is in the bottle from time to time so it does not taste stale. For those travelling with dogs, it’s also good to have that water in the car on hand so you can give them a drink at the pit stop.

Do you keep a store of water in the car? Why?

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9 comments to Green Tip #192: Water In the Car

  • Excellent tip and I fully agree! I always keep water in my car (not in plastic bottles, though).

  • We do this, but opt for out nalgenes (plastic) instead of stainless bottles – stainless conducts heat better and you end up with warm water in your bottle faster. Keeping the bottle out of the sun or in a bag also helps.

    • Nalgenes can often contain BPA which is very dangerous for humans. The old bottles are especially bad. Try to make sure you get a newer one if you insist on using a nalgene. We find the stainless steel, as long as it is in the shade, never warms that much.

      • Actually the new Nalgenes don’t contain BPA and I haven’t seen research that’s shown that BPA in low doses is very dangerous for adults like me who aren’t pregnant.

        Here’s what NIH says: http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/media/questions/sya-bpa.cfm

        The NTP reached the following conclusions on the possible effects of current exposures to bisphenol A on human development and reproduction. Note that the possible levels of concern, from lowest to highest, are negligible concern, minimal concern, some concern, concern, and serious concern.

        The NTP has some concern for effects on the brain, behavior, and prostate gland in fetuses, infants, and children at current human exposures to bisphenol A.

        The NTP has minimal concern for effects on the mammary gland and an earlier age for puberty for females in fetuses, infants, and children at current human exposures to bisphenol A.

        The NTP has negligible concern that exposure of pregnant women to bisphenol A will result in fetal or neonatal mortality, birth defects, or reduced birth weight and growth in their offspring.

        The NTP has negligible concern that exposure to bisphenol A will cause reproductive effects in non-occupationally exposed adults and minimal concern for workers exposed to higher levels in occupational settings.

        It can never hurt to be safe and go with stainless, but I don’t particularly like the bottles.

        • No one knows the long term affects of BPA in humans over a long period of time. Regardless, i’ll stick with no risk steel. It is a better insulator and I know our family is not at risk. I just won’t store the water bottle on the dash.

  • This is a good tip. We need to get a steel ottle now, thnaks for reminding

  • I have a water bottle with me where ever I go. Not only am I often thirsty but I like having something to drink when I am on the run. I got a stainless steal bottle from Lululemon as a gift once and it seems to do the trick.

  • We have a steel bottle in the car. The water stay much more fresh than one of those water bottle.

  • I keep a bottle of water in my car, especially in the summer when I get pretty dehydrated.

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