Tips For Safe Drinking Water During Your Travels – Care Plus Hadex Water Disinfectant Review

[:en]People have always known that water quality and health issues are connected. It’s why we’ve been looking for ways to purify and disinfect drinking water for centuries. I test the Care Plus Hadex Water Disinfectant and give you more tips on how to get safe drinking water while you travel.

Along with oxygen, water is the second most important substance needed to stay healthy.

It’s the base of most of our biological processes, such as digestion and regulating body temperature. But during your travels, it might be hard to find 1,5 to 2 litres of safe drinking water each day. That’s why bringing a water purification method to some parts of the world is an absolute must.

 

Travel Review - Safe Drinking Water

Why you need to purify drinking water

Did you know you can survive about 30-40 days without food, but only a couple of days without water?

Unfortunately, most water in the world is not suited for drinking. It contains bacteria, viruses or protozoa (single celled organisms) that can make you pretty ill. So you’ll need to purify your water, which means clear it of impurities such as pollution or micro-organisms.

Depending on the type of water, purification can either mean physically removing solid particles (such as minerals and organic substances) or chemical disinfection (killing or deactivating micro-organisms).

 

How to purify water on a trip

When you’re travelling to places that don’t have safe water for you to drink, you might not want to bring an entire chemical factory to start purifying. And buying bottled water in areas that don’t have a good waste recycling system in place could also be one of your worries.

Even drinking spring water isn’t always the best option, because it can contain pathogens. This is the case especially in areas rich of limestone, as this natural material doesn’t have filtering qualities. Even clear streams can be treacherous, as pathogens can enter the water further up the stream, maybe from a cadaver you didn’t see.

1 out of 2 globetrotters deal with traveller’s diarrhoea by not avoiding drinking from taps, eating ice cubes or ice cream, drinking water from non-sealed bottles or use unfiltered water to wash their fruit or even brush their teeth.

So what is a good way to purify your own water when you’re travelling?

Travel Review Safe Drinking Water

 

Using Disinfecting Liquid to purify water

As I said, there are more ways to purify water, but in this article I’ll be talking about the use of disinfectant liquid. I tried the Care Plus® Hadex Water Disinfectant (30 ml, 50 grams, about € 7,95) when trekking in the Annapurna Region of Nepal.

Working Ingredient

Care Plus® Hadex disinfects water with chloride. The active substance is natriumhypochlorite and it contains 47,6 g/l max. as active chloride. In The Netherlands, where I got my bottle from, this is the only disinfectant registered for use in drinking water, and we’re pretty strict when it comes to our drinking water.

How To Use It

First of all, you can only use this product on clear water. This means that if you have turbid looking water, you need to filter the water first to remove suspended solids, bacteria and protozoa. A good rule is to only use water that was meant for drinking in the first place, such as water from taps, wells and springs.

For 1 glas (0,2 l), you use 1 drop. For a drinking bottle (1 l), you use 5 drops. For a bucket (10 l), you use the lid (about 2ml). If you’re really thirsty, you can use the entire content to clean 150 litres of water. Of course, you would use this as stock on a caravan, camper or boat.

After adding the drop(s), shake or stir the water and wait about 30 minutes before drinking. What we did during the trek, is have 1 bottle ready when making the other bottle, so we would always have clean water on us.

We kept the bottle in a resealable bag during our hike, they say it can stain if it leaks onto your cloths or bag. The liquid is not flammable or explosive and you can keep it about 1 year in an average temperature. When storing in a dark, cold place (such as the fridge), you can keep it for about 3 years.

 

Travel Review - Safe Drinking Water

 

My Personal Experience with Using Disinfecting Liquid

During our 11 day hike through the Himalayas, we didn’t always have the option to buy bottled water and we didn’t want to leave a footprint by adding more plastic to their landfill (at one point they even stopped selling bottles at all, as they would have to have a donkey or person to carry the waste back down the mountain).

Having the Care Plus Water Disinfectant, was the perfect solution for us. The bottle was tiny, lasted forever and didn’t add much weight to our overall packing. The packages sealed well and we didn’t have any spillage whatsoever.

For 11 days, with 2 people, we didn’t even use one third of the bottle, so if they would sell even smaller bottles, that would be great for the lightweight travellers amongst us.

As I mentioned before, we kept rotating our drinking bottles, so that we’d always have fresh and clean drinking water on us and that worked perfect. So if you travel along, you might want to carry two bottles with you.

The taste of the water wasn’t exactly like Evian, for obvious reasons, but after a while I got used to the little sips of swimming pool water. I guess I didn’t have much choice. Having the taste did remind me every time I was drinking clean water and we didn’t get any stomach problems, so we felt very safe using it.

During our trek, we came by a little shop selling their own disinfect drops and we bought a bottle for about 30 cents (60 ml, only 3 drops per litre). It was from the Nepalese brand ‘Piyush’ (founded in 1994) and contained 0,5% chloride. It tasted a lot less like chloride than the Care Plus version, but because we didn’t know this brand, we felt a little bit less safe using it, so stuck with Care Plus for the rest of the trip instead.

What products do you rely on for safe drinking water during your travels?

 

Disclaimer: The bottle of Care Plus Hadex Water Disinfectant was donated by Care Plus – The Netherlands to www.aroundtheglobe.nl, a Dutch travel website where I wrote the original review for. I do not get any commission from purchases made on the Care Plus website. All opinions and images are my own.[:nl]People have always known that water quality and health issues are connected. It’s why we’ve been looking for ways to purify and disinfect drinking water for centuries. I test the Care Plus Hadex Water Disinfectant and give you more tips on how to get safe drinking water while you travel.

Along with oxygen, water is the second most important substance needed to stay healthy.

It’s the base of most of our biological processes, such as digestion and regulating body temperature. But during your travels, it might be hard to find 1,5 to 2 litres of safe drinking water each day. That’s why bringing a water purification method to some parts of the world is an absolute must.

 

Travel Review - Safe Drinking Water

Why you need to purify drinking water

Did you know you can survive about 30-40 days without food, but only a couple of days without water?

Unfortunately, most water in the world is not suited for drinking. It contains bacteria, viruses or protozoa (single celled organisms) that can make you pretty ill. So you’ll need to purify your water, which means clear it of impurities such as pollution or micro-organisms.

Depending on the type of water, purification can either mean physically removing solid particles (such as minerals and organic substances) or chemical disinfection (killing or deactivating micro-organisms).

 

How to purify water on a trip

When you’re travelling to places that don’t have safe water for you to drink, you might not want to bring an entire chemical factory to start purifying. And buying bottled water in areas that don’t have a good waste recycling system in place could also be one of your worries.

Even drinking spring water isn’t always the best option, because it can contain pathogens. This is the case especially in areas rich of limestone, as this natural material doesn’t have filtering qualities. Even clear streams can be treacherous, as pathogens can enter the water further up the stream, maybe from a cadaver you didn’t see.

1 out of 2 globetrotters deal with traveller’s diarrhoea by not avoiding drinking from taps, eating ice cubes or ice cream, drinking water from non-sealed bottles or use unfiltered water to wash their fruit or even brush their teeth.

So what is a good way to purify your own water when you’re travelling?

Travel Review Safe Drinking Water

 

Using Disinfecting Liquid to purify water

As I said, there are more ways to purify water, but in this article I’ll be talking about the use of disinfectant liquid. I tried the Care Plus® Hadex Water Disinfectant (30 ml, 50 grams, about € 7,95) when trekking in the Annapurna Region of Nepal.

Working Ingredient

Care Plus® Hadex disinfects water with chloride. The active substance is natriumhypochlorite and it contains 47,6 g/l max. as active chloride. In The Netherlands, where I got my bottle from, this is the only disinfectant registered for use in drinking water, and we’re pretty strict when it comes to our drinking water.

How To Use It

First of all, you can only use this product on clear water. This means that if you have turbid looking water, you need to filter the water first to remove suspended solids, bacteria and protozoa. A good rule is to only use water that was meant for drinking in the first place, such as water from taps, wells and springs.

For 1 glas (0,2 l), you use 1 drop. For a drinking bottle (1 l), you use 5 drops. For a bucket (10 l), you use the lid (about 2ml). If you’re really thirsty, you can use the entire content to clean 150 litres of water. Of course, you would use this as stock on a caravan, camper or boat.

After adding the drop(s), shake or stir the water and wait about 30 minutes before drinking. What we did during the trek, is have 1 bottle ready when making the other bottle, so we would always have clean water on us.

We kept the bottle in a resealable bag during our hike, they say it can stain if it leaks onto your cloths or bag. The liquid is not flammable or explosive and you can keep it about 1 year in an average temperature. When storing in a dark, cold place (such as the fridge), you can keep it for about 3 years.

 

Travel Review - Safe Drinking Water

 

My Personal Experience with Using Disinfecting Liquid

During our 11 day hike through the Himalayas, we didn’t always have the option to buy bottled water and we didn’t want to leave a footprint by adding more plastic to their landfill (at one point they even stopped selling bottles at all, as they would have to have a donkey or person to carry the waste back down the mountain).

Having the Care Plus Water Disinfectant, was the perfect solution for us. The bottle was tiny, lasted forever and didn’t add much weight to our overall packing. The packages sealed well and we didn’t have any spillage whatsoever.

For 11 days, with 2 people, we didn’t even use one third of the bottle, so if they would sell even smaller bottles, that would be great for the lightweight travellers amongst us.

As I mentioned before, we kept rotating our drinking bottles, so that we’d always have fresh and clean drinking water on us and that worked perfect. So if you travel along, you might want to carry two bottles with you.

The taste of the water wasn’t exactly like Evian, for obvious reasons, but after a while I got used to the little sips of swimming pool water. I guess I didn’t have much choice. Having the taste did remind me every time I was drinking clean water and we didn’t get any stomach problems, so we felt very safe using it.

During our trek, we came by a little shop selling their own disinfect drops and we bought a bottle for about 30 cents (60 ml, only 3 drops per litre). It was from the Nepalese brand ‘Piyush’ (founded in 1994) and contained 0,5% chloride. It tasted a lot less like chloride than the Care Plus version, but because we didn’t know this brand, we felt a little bit less safe using it, so stuck with Care Plus for the rest of the trip instead.

What products do you rely on for safe drinking water during your travels?

 

Disclaimer: The bottle of Care Plus Hadex Water Disinfectant was donated by Care Plus – The Netherlands to www.aroundtheglobe.nl, a Dutch travel website where I wrote the original review for. I do not get any commission from purchases made on the Care Plus website. All opinions and images are my own.[:]

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21 Comments

  • Learning about purifying water is what I would need to learn how to do. For my house, it seems like a water treatment would be something for me to do.It’s a plan that I have in mind after my father saw how my water filters were broken.

  • Thanks for pointing out that spring water can contain pathogens. I think there are probably a lot of people who have unknowingly drunken spring water. I drank water out of a spring once, but only because I was under the impression that it did not contain pathogens.

  • I love to travel, and especially go camping. I like how you have on bottled water on hand with you at all times when you travel. That way, you can always have some clean water. I am going to try that the next time I go on a trip! Thanks!

  • Since we’re so used to drinking purified water at home, it’s so easy to forget that most of the world doesn’t have that luxury. I wish that more third-world countries had access to water purification services. Until then, though, it’s nice to have portable purifiers like the one you featured so you can avoid water-borne illnesses. Thanks for the article.

  • I’ll have to use these water treatment tips the next time I’m traveling. I appreciate the detailed instruction for how to treat water on a trip as well. Thanks for the helpful water purifying tips.

  • Great review for the travel. For my job I have to travel a lot and your given information is really helped me very much. I always try to find new ways to drink safe water. Thank you!

  • Hearing, or maybe reading, about articles on water pollution and how safe is the water we drink right now made me grab a water filtration system. I didn’t have issues with our water sources but it’s better safe than sorry. I feel safer knowing that I have something in place rather than waiting out for any negatives to occur.

  • Many don’t think about ice, ice cream, or brushing teeth. Thank you for sharing all of this extremely helpful info about water!

  • Travelling is part of my bucket-list. Not to mention when my friends persuades us to go camping or trecking. We love to bring bottled water in case of emergency. We want to quench out our thirst.

  • I’ve known people who got very ill on their travels from drinking water and using ice cubes. They definitely could’ve used these drops and prevented a lot of pain! Thanks for this review!

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