If you’ve ever been to a festival before you’ll know that drinking water from a regular plastic bottle is non-sustainable, especially when there are so many free water stations. A reusable water bottle is a staple item in any festival goer’s packing list.
Here’s the problem though, so many so-called reusable water bottles are only intended to be reusable about 6-8 times before they start to degrade or appear worn making you unlikely to want to drink from it.
A true reusable water bottle will last you for 10+ years, hopefully much, much longer.
Why a reusable water bottle is essential at a festival
With long days and late nights, festivals can be quite a physical experience, making sure you are hydrated even when it isn’t a record breaking summer heatwave is a must. Staying hydrated keeps you alert and ready for anything.
All festivals will have water refill points and taps for you to use free-of-charge. Tap water is usually free inside a festival!
If you have a reusable bottle, you’ll be able to quicky fill it up with water in-between acts and before you go to sleep. You could even use a carabiner clip to attach it to your belt or bumbag to stay hands-free!
The alternative is to buy bottled or canned water (Glastonbury Festival now forbid the sale of single-use plastic bottles of water), which sucks because you create a lot of waste.
Chilly’s is a well known and loved brand, trusted by many and coveted by more, this a well made, long-lasting and stylish bottle to keep you hydrated. The lid is especially convenient because you can clip it to your belt or bumbag with a carabiner clip.
If you want variety and choice look no further, Proworks have a scrollable list of variations, something for everyone. The screw cap gives a bit more security than some locking lids.
This is easy to carry and with a convenient lanyard keeping your bottle close to hand. The locking lid is a quick flick and ready to drink kind of system. And for an extra kick, there’s a fruit-filter insert (who doesn’t love a fresh slice of lemon and a stem of ginger in their morning drink?)
This bottle is a one handed thirst fighting machine. With a handle, strap and a straw this is the most convenient bottle on our list, no more fumbling around twisting lids.
Types of bottles to avoid at festivals
Avoid buying small single use plastic bottles full stop after reading above there shouldn’t be any need, although many festivals are moving away from selling anything considered disposable they still turn up in stalls or food vans. The lids are not as secure as those featured above one wrong move and your bottle lid has hit the floor lost or covered in dirt. Disposable bottles regardless of their perceived convenience are a relic of the past.
As music festivals around the world become larger, more popular, and more mainstream, it is important to consider the impact that festival-goers are having on both their local environment and the entire globe. Many music festivals have taken to reducing waste by giving out water bottle refilling stations, but these stations can only be successful if everyone brings a suitable water carrying vessel with them!
This is why using a reusable water bottle for your music festival partying is a much better method of staying hydrated without creating unnecessary waste.
Stay safe, stay hydrated and don’t forget to pack your water bottle!