Welcome to Tuesday Travels, a weekly series at Traveling with Baby.¬† This season, my son and I are excited about sharing some local day trips and field trip ideas for families with little ones.¬† This weekly series will also feature travel tips for families with kids-in-tow and related product reviews and giveaways.¬† I enjoy hearing about your traveling adventures, too.
So, how much water do you really need?¬† The very general formula that I share with my patients is this:
Take your weight in pounds and divide it in half.¬† That’s the amount of fluid ounces you should drink in water throughout the day.
For example, a 100 pound person should drink 50 fluid ounces of water per day.¬† Since there are 8 fluid ounces in 1 cup, that means a 100-pound person should drink about 6 1/4 cups of water per day.¬† That’s equivalent to about 2 of the .75 Liter (or 24 oz.) capacity Camelbak Better Bottles per day.
However, a pregnant or breastfeeding mom, someone living at high altitudes, in extreme climates, someone who exercises several times a week…these are all factors for how much water you should drink.
So, check out the Hydration Calculator on About.com.¬† Nine quick questions will tell you how much water you should drink.¬† But, the answer will probably run pretty close to half of your body weight in fluid ounces.
Take a sip of water every 15 minutes throughout the day, and you’ll easily get there.¬† It’s that simple!
Nay for BPA
The information available about BPA in plastics is so in-your-face that you’ve probably heard about it.¬† In fact, you don’t have to turn to mom blogs and PBS to hear about it, the BPA news has gone mainstream.¬† There was an article about the dangers of BPA in plastics in Time magazine, and more recently, the Washington Post.
Instead of worrying about whether or not a product is BPA-free, I’d prefer to stick to companies that have a long track record of producing safe, BPA-free, pthalate-free containers for food or beverage consumption.¬† Camelbak is one of those companies that maintains a high level of integrity and quality in their products–those are traits that make sense to me as a doctor mom.
Last fall, I reviewed Camelbak’s Better Bottle.¬† For the record, I still take that purple bottle with me EVERYWHERE.¬† It has endured numerous road trips, bounces on tile, and a toddler who’s perfecting his spiral pass.¬† I love it.
New and Improved
This year, Camelbak released new products that are appropriate for small children and they beefed up their bottle line for big kids and adults: stainless and insulated stainless.¬† No more slightly strange water taste if it’s been sitting in there for, oh–say a couple days in the car under the blazing sun.¬† Also, cool water stays quite cool with the insulated stainless bottle.
So, if you drop it on your bare toes, you might feel a little regret.¬† But, if you’re not clumsy with your water bottle, then you’ll probably love it more than any water bottle you’ve ever had.¬† EVER.¬† Not only is it uber-practical, but you can get one for everyone in the family and not get them mixed up since there’s really run and rad designs available.¬† Try to pick just one–not easy!
The Camelbak 0.5 Liter Insulated Stainless Steel Better Bottle is available for $26 – $30 on Amazon.
For the Kids
For the little ones, you get spill-proof design with the incredible bite valve that comes apart for easy cleaning and re-assembly.¬† But, you don’t have to worry about choking hazards since the parts are kid-friendly.¬† Did I mention that the style options are super cute, too?
Camelbak sent us the kids’ stainless in butterflies, and the kids’ plastic Fire Pirate bottle.¬† It holds 12 ounces of water (0.4L), and for a boost in vitamin C, I’ll throw in a wedge of lemon.
Instead of snagging MY Better Bottle, my son is totally content to have his own.¬† I’m content to have a cleaner, and spill-proof drinking solution that travels well in the car.
I love the safe and hazard-free Big Bite Valve on the kids bottle.¬† The bite valve is slightly different on the 0.5 liter insulated stainless.¬† All parts are easy to disassemble and clean by hand or dishwasher.
Get your BPA-Free Camelbak 0.4 liter Kids Bottle for $12-$14, or the 0.4 liter Kids Stainless Steel Bottle for $18.50 – $23 on Amazon.¬† If you live in Virginia, you can also find them at your local Blue Ridge Mountain Sports.
The next time I’m on a trip to a museum or park with my son, I think I might want to stowe my Camelbak bottles in this cool Bottles ‘n Bags Stroller Organizer by J.L. Childress–among other baby gear designed for travel, you can find it at BabySafeTravel.com.