Whilst water is accessible from your home tap, some drink from water bottles. Mostly, it is up to preference but drinking from a bottle, whether that is a plastic prefilled bottle or a reusable, can make it difficult to track the amount of water you're drinking.
What bottle should I use?
Plastic bottles are a costly way of accessing water. According to Medical News Today, it is estimated that bottled water costs around 2,000 times more than tap water. Bottled water is often filtered tap water, so it is interesting that people would make a costly decision to use pre-bottled water. However, it is convenient. If you are outside, it may be easier to buy a bottle of water as access to a tap would be limited.
Plastic bottles that are disposed after use have caused a wide range of adverse environmental effects that are more damaging than tap water. Not using bottled water would reduce plastic waste and protect the environment.
Reusable Water Bottles
Reusable plastic bottles are durable, meaning that if they are dropped, they are less likely to break and will not split. Additionally, they are the lighter option of water bottles, as well as being the cheaper option. However, some plastic bottles are not BPA free, so ensure you look for a BPA free option if you are getting a reusable plastic bottle.
A stainless steel bottle is a great option for a reusable water bottle. It will last a very long time before it breaks or wears out. When you do decide to get rid of your water bottle, most of the stainless steel bottles are completely recyclable. Most stainless steel bottles have a temperature feature that ensures the water remains cold. These are great to take with you if you're not going to have access to cold water, especially in high temperature areas. However, they are a heavier option in comparison to the reusable plastic water bottles.
Glass Water Bottles
A glass water bottle is another good option for a reusable water bottle. However, they can be heavy and will not keep your water as cold as the steel option. They can be recycled, which is a great aspect, but it might not be the safest option if you drop and smash the bottle. Additionally, when being washed bacteria is less likely to grow on the bottle. They can also be washed at higher temperatures. Unlike plastic bottles, there is no risk of chemicals contaminating your water with BPA or other related issues.
How Many Water Bottles Make a Gallon?
This question really depends on the type and size of the water bottle you are using. If we take the average size of a regular plastic water bottle, which is 50cl (500ml) and work out how many millilitres there are in a gallon (3785ml), we can divide the gallon volume by the volume of your average water bottle to work out how many water bottles would make up a gallon. Therefore, 3785ml divided by 500ml works out to be 7.54, suggesting that 7 and a half water bottles would make up a gallon. This same method can be used to work out how many of your water bottles you need to drink if the size differs from 500ml.
Try a HydroJug Bottle!
A HydroJug is a water bottle that holds half a gallon of water. They are safe to go into the dishwasher, providing they are placed on the top shelf, and they are BPA free! They are also sold with sleeves that can protect your bottle from drop damages. They also have an adjustable strap which makes carrying it around that much easier. Due to their ability to hold half a gallon of water, it makes it much easier to measure how much you have drunk and how much more you need to drink in order to fill your daily intake.
You are also able to find gallon water bottles online, but these will be heavy and may be troublesome to carry around. However, if you are at home and wish to fill the water bottle to drink throughout the day, it can be incredibly helpful to ensure you are reaching your target. There are also time assisting bottles that have time markings on them to indicate how much you should have drunk and by what time.