This is the first post of a new series called Korea Travel Tips, providing not-so-obvious information for newcomers to Korea.
Tip #1: Bring a good reusable water bottle.
Unlike Southeast Asia, you don’t have to buy a sealed bottle of water every day to replenish the water you lost trekking through the humid zones. It is painful to have to consume so much plastic and contribute to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, but it’s either that or risk being hospitalized in a foreign country. Hm.
Tap water in Korea isn’t unsafe to drink, but it isn’t ideal, either. One can easily fill up on cold, refreshing filtered water seemingly anywhere – the bank, post office, every restaurant, some subway stations, phone stores, you name it. These filtered water machines were provided by the Korean gods in every corner to nourish our cells and quench our throats. Drink up.
As for me, I look for a few things in a water bottle:
- BPA Free – Don’t get cheap plastic that will break down, find its way into your belly, and participate in evils carcinogenic activities.
- Spill proof – (AKA Lianne-proof) If you’re a clumsy gal like myself, get something that will keep you dry in the event of a klutz incident.
- Easy access – I really liked my Camel-bak bottle (I have since broken it) because I can ingest water seconds faster by popping up the straw rather than unscrewing the top, but it did break the spill proof rule.
- One with a loop – Great to hook a carabiner to your backpack during a hike.
These water dispensers, or something like it, should be everywhere in the world.