The Importance of Hydration + Our Top Ten Bottles


There is none such thirst quenching liquid as water, yet for some people, drinking the recommended 8 glasses per day can be (a) hard to remember or (b) just a down right difficult task. The thing is staying hydrated is important in more ways than one; water is a critical component of your body and every fibre of your being depends on it. Not only does it eliminate wastes and toxins, it carries nutrients and oxygen to your cells, supports your nervous system, keep your joints lubricated, regulates your body temperature and, most importantly, keeps body cells hydrated. If that all sounds quite serious, well, it is…

You see dehydration, even if only mild, can cause tiredness, headaches, lack of concentration, reduced mental performance and dry skin. What’s more, hydration is particularly important for children as they have higher water requirements than adults; and just because of the nature of children, they don’t always recognize the early stages of ‘thirst’.

So how can we ensure we drink enough water each day?

  1. Invest in a reusable water bottle and keep it with you all day.
  2. If regular water is hard to swallow, add a slice of lemon or lime.
  3. Drink water before, during and after you exercise.
  4. If you’re likely to forget to drink water, set your phone alarm or drink on a schedule such as breakfast/snacks/lunch/snack time and dinner.
  5. Monitor you intake of water with the Camelbak Hydration Calculator

Looking for the perfect hydration bottle? Well, you’re in the right spot…Howards have a huge collection of BPA free, leak proof and in some instances, insulated, bottles to choose from.

These are our Top 10:

1. Fuel Mist Hydration Bottle

Kids Favourite! Spray your face with a fine mist and drink from the pop up straw with two-in-one lid and make hydration fun.  This clever bottle is complete with a soft easy grip and an ergonomic body shape. Eco friendly and made from highly durable Tritan and silicone these drink bottles are perfect for school, work, picnics, road trips and of course, exercise! BPA free and dishwasher safe!

2. Contigo Ashland Autospout 700ml Drink Bottle

Perfect for life on the run, this quality BPA free plastic drink bottle is cleverly designed to prevent accidentally pressing the Autospout button. Featuring a spout shield to keep the spout clean and protected, a superior handle with carabineer clip and a secure straw, this leak proof, top rack dishwasher safe is the perfect drink bottle for school bags, picnics or exercise sessions. What’s more the ‘Ashland’ is a bottle that you don’t need to tilt back to retrieve water; it won’t stain or retain odour; and it’s durable with high impact resistance. Available in a range of amazing colours.

3. 780ml Watermate Bottle

With a lockable, leak proof lid, easy carry strap and simple pop on/off lid, this easy to use bottle will keep you hydrated this summer. Featuring measurements so you can track how much water you’ve consumed, this bottle, made from BPA-free plastic, is ideal for the fitness lover in your family.

4. 500ml Contigo Swish Bottle

This quality BPA free plastic drink bottle is cleverly designed for one-handed use. It features an easy access auto seal button that opens/closes the spout at the top. This device is also leak proof, making it the perfect drink bottle for school bags, picnics or exercise sessions. Complete with non-slip rubber base, it also has handy grip texture on the side to stop it slipping out of your hands when wet. Refilling is simple with an easy-twist top. Available in a range of amazing colours.

5. 500ml Thermos Insulated Vacuum Bottles

This hydration bottle is constructed from durable stainless steel and features a double wall vacuum insulation for maximum temperature retention. Complete with an easy opening hygienic sipper lid and comfortable rubber grip, it’s the perfect accompaniment for your next hike or sporting match.

6. 475ml Westloop Mug

This mug features the one-touch AUTOSEAL lid that automatically seals between sips to prevent spills and the new lid-lock button that prevents the AUTOSEAL® button from accidently being pushed while you’re in transit. Slide the button down to lock or up to unlock. With a lid that pivots open for easy and thorough cleaning, this travel mug provides convenient one-handed drinking for both left- and right-handed users and fits most car cup-holders. Contigo has also introduced a Tea Infuser that goes with Westloop mug for those who love their herbal teas! Top rack dishwasher safe.

7. CamelBak Chute Drink Bottles 

With a lifetime guarantee, this drink bottle has been designed to withstand the rigors of modern life with ease. The angled spout increases water flow for quick drinking without dripping or spilling. Unlike other drink bottles, the cap opens with only half a turn thanks to its internal thread. Once opened, this cap can be clipped onto the lid for safe storage. Refilling is a breeze with the bottle’s wide mouth (ideal for adding ice) and its lid, that’s attached to the base. Made from quality BPA-free plastic, it also features a sturdy plastic handle for comfortable carrying.

8. CamelBak Chute ‘WOW’ and ‘ZAP’ 600ml Bottle – KIDS!

Food safe and easy to use, this drink bottle has been made from quality BPA-free Tritan plastic and features an ergonomic high flow spout and rugged leak proof design.  Completely spill-proof, it has a clever half turn spout cap, which stows in the handle for quick and mess-free one handed drinking. Complete with a two-finger carry handle and cool ‘WOW’ design, this is one drink bottle that kids will love to use. All parts are top rack dishwasher safe.

9. Thermos  FUNtainer Insulated Bottle 355ml –  For the KIDS!

Designed with vacuum Thermax insulation, this quality BPA-free plastic bottle is a must-have for your child. It’s made from unbreakable stainless steel and comes in a number of fun designs. Incredibly simple to use, the bottle has an easy flip up straw that any child can use without asking for help. Ideal for school (or work) lunches, excursions or picnics, this item can maintain its temperature for up to 12 hours.  Alternatively use it in the car, at sporting games or when you’re exercising.

10. 710ml Thermos Drink Bottle

Made from BPA free, impact resistant and dishwasher durable Tritan co-polyester, this bottle features a leak proof lid with clip as well as a rotating meter designed to monitor your daily water consumption. Complete with a flip up carrying loop, this is a great, lightweight drink bottle for the kids to take to school or for you to use as an everyday water bottle.

Did you know?

* The body is about 60% water (give or take)

* When we’re born water makes up approximately 75% of our body weight

* We’re constantly losing water through urine and sweat

* Water is found in all drinks and also in food.

* People can survive for up to 50 days without food but only a few days without drinking water.

* Thirst is often confused with hunger. True hunger will not be satisfied by drinking water.

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Accurate as at December 2015.