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Is the tap water safe to drink?

When we travel overseas, we expose our body to pathogens it isn’t used to.

This is especially the case when it comes to local tap water and groundwater.

Local water may contain native, non-lethal pathogens to which your body isn’t accustomed and drinking it could cause diahrrea, giardia, hepatitis A or other illnesses that can cast a pall on your trip.

Worse yet, in many parts of the world, due to sub-standard sanitation methods or contaminated groundwater, local water may contain deadly pathogens like typhoid and cholera.

Early on in your trip planning process, check the “Eat and Drink Safely” recommendations on the CDC Travel Health page for the countries you plan to visit to confirm whether the tap water is safe to drink or not.

If Yes…

Then you’re in luck because you don’t have to be on guard during your trip!

Just be sure to bring a filtered water bottle like the Brita Squeeze & Go.

In doing so, you’ll be doing the environment and wildlife a serious solid by keeping your bottled water usage to a bare minimum.  Case in point . . .

The Brita Squeeze bottle is my favorite hydration companion when I’m day hiking, road tripping or sightseeing in countries where the tap water is safe to drink.

Because it has a mini filtration system, you can easily fill it up with tap water in your lodging and at water fountains and the like while on-the-go.

And, because it’s a squeeze bottle, you can easily transfer filtered water into a cup or second bottle, which is super convenient.

If No…

Then move on to Questions 2 thru 4 below.

And keep in mind that when the tap water isn’t safe for you to drink, that means it also isn’t safe for you to brush your teeth with, shave with or handwash a dish with.

In most cases, it will be perfectly safe to take showers with; just be sure to keep your mouth closed at all times.

And NEVER get local water anywhere near a fresh cut or wound.