Carrying a Bottle of Water

Old Sep 2nd, 2013, 02:32 PM
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Carrying a Bottle of Water

How do locals carry a 500 ml bottle of water while walking around in Northern Europe? At home it would be in my purse but have downsized to a small neck type. I always have a small bottle with me.

My husband has a cross body container that holds a 750 ml size or fanny pack that he uses when we're being tourists in N.A. I read that fanny packs are an attraction for thieves so that's out.

A day pack for a hour or two stroll seems more than necessary.

We both drink lots of water so waiting until a restaurant isn't an option.
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Old Sep 2nd, 2013, 02:39 PM
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<< How do locals carry a 500 ml bottle of water while walking around in Northern Europe? >>

What locals do you mean? How do you know that they're all carrying 500ml of water?

Does it have to be a 500ml bottle? Can't you stop into convenience stores or bars and buy a bottle of water, drink it, and then walk on? Do you have to carry it all day?

Why can't you stroll for an hour without water?
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Old Sep 2nd, 2013, 02:46 PM
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Not northern Europe, so perhaps you're not interested, but my guide in Sicily had a crocheted bottle holder that hung from her shoulder. She was local. I never paid attention to the bottle size.
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I think it's only American tourists who are carrying those honking big bottles of water. Not sure why they are so much thirstier than everyone else, but whenever I see someone with a huge bottle of water, it's definitely not a local and usually an American.
I wouldn't know where to store such a thing, as I am pretty unencumbered when traveling. When I get thirsty, I stop at a café or bar or small store, and have a glass of water. That might be once a day, supplemented sometimes by water bubblers in museums and public spaces.
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Old Sep 2nd, 2013, 02:55 PM
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I am with St Cirq I see no need to carry a supply of water . I'd have to make too many potty stops!!!
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Old Sep 2nd, 2013, 03:03 PM
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5oo ml is a plain ole Poland Springs sized bottle - not big at all. I always carry water with me either in my backpack or in my hand. It's not a big deal.
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Old Sep 2nd, 2013, 03:20 PM
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I don't carry water walking around back home. I do often have an iced bottle in my car when on road trips - just to drink while driving.

I never got the point of always having a bottle of water.
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Old Sep 2nd, 2013, 03:37 PM
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500ml = 2 cups.
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Old Sep 2nd, 2013, 03:48 PM
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Yeah, 500 mL bottle is not large at all. I generally just carry that sized bottle in my handbag. Easy.
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Old Sep 2nd, 2013, 04:20 PM
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If I'm out for the day I always carry a bottle of fizzy water - just in my shoulder bag.

Am used to drinking all day at the office - or in meetings - so don;t want to have to stop multiple times during the day just to have a glass of water
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Old Sep 2nd, 2013, 05:47 PM
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I do wonder when people became so thirsty.

Why not buy a webbed belt and war surplus canteen and pretend you're on an expedition?
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Old Sep 2nd, 2013, 06:20 PM
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I always carry water around with me when traveling. I take medication that dries out my mouth, so I have to stay hydrated.

I usually make sure I have a travel bag big enough to carry a bottle of water since this is a priority for me.

I really don't think it's that odd to carry water. I don't see the point of stopping in a café, etc., everytime I want something to drink when I can just take it with me.
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Old Sep 2nd, 2013, 06:40 PM
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Salt + sugar = thirst

I only carry water on bushwalks & treks. Can't imagine needing to cart a bottle of water around in a town or city. Still, it's better than lolly water or Coke.

Recommended water consumption is 1 litre or 2 per day, so I guess those drinking from their bottles are at least making sure thy get enough H2O.
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We just returned from Scandanavia. It looked like everyone under 40 had water in a back pack.

Tell your husband to wear his fanny pack in front. You'll fall in love all over again.
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Old Sep 2nd, 2013, 07:28 PM
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We diabetics are supposed to stay hydrated. And as mentioned, some meds dry out the mouth.

Just because you don't carry water doesn't mean other folk don't need to.
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Old Sep 2nd, 2013, 07:32 PM
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At home I always have a glass of water handy. When traveling I like to have a bottle of water (in Europe a bottle I refill with tap water) with me. I use a day pack with an external pouch at each side - one for water and one for a folding umbrella (doubles as a sunshade). The bottle I'm currently using (from REI) holds 400 ml.
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I always carry a tiny bottle of water when we head out for the day, especially when we don't have a car where I can leave it. I don't have to stop for extra potty breaks. My body is used to me sipping on water throughout the day. I get a headache when I'm out in the sun if I don't drink, so I just bring a small bottle along. I put it in my daypack with snax, maps, windbreaker, camera etc. I just refill it throughout the day as needed. No big deal at all.
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In warm weather I always carry a refillable water bottle with me in my day pack, like thursdaysd, while out and about sightseeing. I use an ebag crossbody metro bag with two narrow outside pockets just the right size for a small water bottle and a folding umbrella. My husband's back pack has a spot for his water bottle. While in Europe I saw plenty of people carrying 2 liter size water bottles, now that's a heavy load Deborah
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Old Sep 2nd, 2013, 07:52 PM
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Weird. Carrying water used to be just for wilderness travel. This urban necessity is a genuine mass oddity. What might have caused it? More to the point, why are you all so thirsty? A liter or two a day? I don't drink even that much gin, much less water.
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Get a small bottle, say 400ml, half fill it and just carry it in your hand. It's not that difficult.

Apart from feeling better when I'm properly hydrated, I have a messed up nose and can't breathe though it properly which means my mouth often gets dry. It's fine if I'm sitting still or strolling slowly through shops or a gallery but not if I'm walking.
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