Insulated Water Bottles

Insulated water bottles are just as important as sun screen when going to the beach. It is very easy to get dehydrated after spending a day in the sun and in the heat. As a registered nurse I've seen plenty of heat exhaustion and a few heat strokes, which can be life threatening. Be sure to pack plenty of plain water for everyone to drink through out the day.  Sugary drinks and sodas as well as alcoholic drinks like beer can actually dehydrate rather than hydrate.

how to prevent dehydration at the beach

Of course who wants to drink warm water on a hot day? Get an insulated bottle that will keep your water nice and cold and refreshing.  Be intentional about drinking water yourself and ensuring that any children keep hydrated through out the day.  We bring our carafe water filter on vacation and fill the insulated bottles with filtered water rather than buying plastic bottles of water that leach BPA.

insulated water bottles

Thermos Under Armour

The best insulated bottle that I use at the beach is made by Under Armour/Thermos. It is worth every penny, even though it costs more than other water bottles. Here's why:

how to prevent dehydration at the beach

Keeps Drinks Cold

I mean amazingly cold. Even after many hours in the heat and hot sun, your drink will be cold and the ice cubes not even melted.

Made out of Stainless Steel

Made out of stainless steel  so it is unbreakable. A BPA free plastic lid is great as you don't want to be drinking out of cheap plastic bottles in the heat as they release lots of toxins.

Flip Top Lid

The flip top lid is easy to open and close and keeps out the sand.

A couple of things to keep in mind:

1. Do not put anything hot or warm in it. It is only for keeping things cold.

2. Do not put Coke, Sprite or any other carbonated beverage as it will build up too much pressure. Ask me how I know :)

3. It is best to hand wash it although it is dishwasher safe on the top rack.

I like that it is 24 oz and holds quite a bit of liquid. It costs more than other water bottles so I keep a close eye on it so I don't leave it anywhere - but it has been well worth every penny. Everyone agrees with me on this one at Amazon. Check it out here:

Under Armour MVP Dominate 24 Ounce Vacuum Insulated Bottle

Stainless Steel Insulated Water Bottles

Yeti Insulated Water Bottles

What's the big deal with the Yeti insulated water bottles?  Well, now we know. Given to me as a gift, I don't go anywhere without my Yeti Rambler.

Keep your drinks cold for up to 24 hours with a double wall vacuum insulated stainless steel (food grade 18/8) water bottle.

yeti insulated water bottles

If you like to keep your drink really cold without the ice melting this thing really works.  Of course since it's stainless steel it's BPA free and doesn't sweat. 

There's no sweating with this type of water bottle and your ice will still be ice even after a full day of sun at the beach. 

We like a wide mouth opening with a screw on lid which makes it easy to add ice to your drink.

Yeti Insulated Water Bottles

Do not use plastic water bottles unless they are labeled BPA free.  Bispphenol-A (BPA) is a synthetic estrogen found in some hard plastic water bottles and have been found to cause cancer in lab studies. 

Dehydration Signs and Symptoms

Dehydration along with high temperatures and sun exposure can result in heat exhaustion and/or heat stroke which can be life threatening.  Common signs of heat exhaustion are:

signs of heat exhaustion

1.  Extreme Weakness

2.  Muscle Cramps

3.  Nausea

4.  Headache

Provide water and rest in a cool shaded area for anyone with these symptoms. Heat stroke is a more serious condition and can lead to death. High body temperature, dry red skin, disorientation, convulsions and coma are some of the symptoms that require emergent medical attention by calling 911.  Get the patient out of the sun and lower their body temperature with cold wet towels.

Prevention of these heat related conditions is possible by keeping hydrated. It's easier to keep hydrated when your drinks are cold. Insulated water bottles need to be on your top ten list of things to bring to the beach!

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