We used our two weeks as digital nomads in Morocco to try out the Water-to-Go bottles and their unique filtration system. We were able to remain hydrated without wasting disposable plastic water bottles, as the filter makes it safe to drink tap water in Morocco. Read all about our experience below.
We’ve been carrying reusable water bottles for years, but only recently did we start understanding that we needed to upgrade to water bottles with filtration systems. The reality is that most of our travels have been to destinations where tap water is safe to drink. However, when we knew that we were going to Morocco for two weeks, we were sure it was time to upgrade because the general understanding is that much of the tap water in Morocco is not safe to drink.
We thoroughly researched the various options that exist on the market and were really impressed by the Water-to-Go products. We contacted the brand and they kindly sent us two 75cl water bottles to test. Below we share our honest review after using the bottles in Morocco for two weeks.
The Water-to-Go Bottles
What sets the Water-to-Go bottles apart is their filtration system and the fact that the bottles themselves are BPA free. This system actually uses technology from the NASA space program to eliminate 99% of water contaminants and make the water safe to drink. The filter uses three different types of technology: a mechanical filtration, an electrical process, and activated carbon, that not only reduces contaminants but also removes bad tastes and odors from water.
The Water-to-Go bottles are available in two sizes: a 50cl bottle with a filter with capacity for about 130l of water (approximately 2 months of use), and a 75cl bottle with a filter for 200l of water (or around 3 months of use). We opted for the latter because as travelers in Morocco we knew we would spend a lot of time without access to running water, and we knew that we would need to keep hydrated for our bodies to deal better with the heat. Despite its high capacity, the 75cl bottle is actually a very nice size, and it easily fits on the side pocket of a regular backpack. We were also pleasantly surprised by how light the bottle is at 138g (with the filter, but without water of course). We carry so much gear with us, that it’s a priority to choose options that won’t add any more weight to our backpacks. Compared to other similar options in the market, Water-to-Go was by far the lightest option we found. The 50cl bottle is, of course, even lighter at only 98g.
Ease of Use
Using a water bottle with a filtration system that uses NASA technology may sound like a complicated endeavor but we can guarantee that it’s definitely not rocket science. The only thing you need to do is to activate the filter itself, and you only need to do it once for the filter (so about four times a year if you’re using the 75cl bottles). The bottle itself comes with all the instructions you need, but if you have any more questions you can check their website for more detailed information, and even a video. The basics are that to activate the filter you need to fill the bottle with water (you can even use contaminated water which is great if you’re traveling!) and turn it upside down for 15 minutes. After that, the filter is ready to provide you with 200l of safe water, as long as you drink directly from the nozzle. We’ve always used water bottles with nozzles because we find them more comfortable to use, so this was not an issue for us at all.
Why We Upgraded to Water-to-Go Bottles
We know some people are very specific about the water they drink, but for us, as long as it’s safe, we never had problems drinking tap water and were not too fussy about weird tastes. That’s part of the reason why it took us so long to actually upgrade from a reusable water bottle to one such Water-to-Go, that actually filters the water. For a long time, we thought we didn’t need the filter.
As we wrote above, this all changed when we knew we were going to Morocco. We tried to find online if tap water in Morocco was safe, but for the most part the answer was “no” or “probably not”. We knew we were also traveling to the desert, and in these remote areas the tap water was certainly not safe. So we needed a solution. And we’re so glad we found it! The amount of plastic waste we saw in Morocco was honestly a disgrace, especially near the most famous sights. Morocco is a very warm country so of course, we understand why people need so much water to keep hydrated! The problem is that they certainly don’t need so many water bottles, truthfully they only need one good filtered water bottle. A Water-to-Go bottle is a very small investment for all that you get in return.
Looking back, we know we should’ve upgraded earlier. Even though it’s true we’ve mostly traveled to countries with safe tap water, there are always exceptions even in those countries. When we went to the Portuguese islands, for example, we constantly found warnings that the water was not safe to drink, and many times we had to wait hours to find a place where we could safely fill our bottles. With Water-to-Go that problem would’ve disappeared. We could’ve filled them almost anywhere: not only shady public bathrooms in the middle of nowhere but also from lakes and river streams. Although, it’s important to note that the Water-to-Go filtration system does not filter salted water.
Why Everyone Needs a Filtered Water Bottle
Even after our trip to Morocco, we continue using our Water-to-Go bottles because we love the assurance they provide us. We’re constantly filling water bottles in airports, train stations, and many other places around the world, and even when we’re in places where tap water is considered safe to drink, we still feel more comfortable using the filtration system.
Many people think that filtered water bottles are only for hikers or people who spend a lot of time in nature, but the reasons above are why we think everyone needs one! And especially if you’re traveling. We all know the huge environmental impact of plastic, but one thing that is less discussed is the environmental impact of travel in itself. We travel because we love the planet, and we want to do our best to reduce the negative impact we have. Using a filtered water bottle is a very easy way to reduce our impact without much effort on our part, and with very little investment required. This is a smart decision even for your finances because in the end the bottle and the filter will end up being cheaper than constantly buying water bottles.
Our Experience Using Water-to-Go
During our time in Morocco, we filled our Water-to-Go bottles with tap water from all around the South of the country. When we visited the desert, we used every stop near restrooms to fill the bottles, and in our days in Ouarzazate, we also filled them every time we needed to. We were a bit apprehensive at first (no one wants to get sick, but especially not in a foreign country!), but neither of us was sick from the water we drank. In the end, this was the best decision for the planet and for our wallets.
If you’re interested, you can easily buy Water-to-Go products online.
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As mentioned above, Water-to-Go sent us the bottles to test, but all opinions remain our own.