How To Consume Water In Thailand & Cambodia


On a trip to Thailand and Cambodia, we brought along a few items that we now consider essential whenever we're traveling to places where:

  • The tap water isn't considered safe to drink - like in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, and Eastern Europe.
  • We have access to kitchens - like Airbnb, rented condos, etc.
  • Dehydration is likely - in hot climates, at high elevations, and anywhere where we're physically active.

Drinkable Water

The first item to consider bringing is a water purifier. In most places in the world, you can pick up bottled water instead of treating tap water. However, you can minimize your impact on the environment, save some money, and feel a little more self-sufficient by having a water purifier on hand. We had an excellent experience using the SteriPen. It is compact, light-weight and super easy to use. Most of all, we did some research on its effectiveness before deciding to try it. Look it up yourself, these things really work.

How we purified the water:

  1. Fill up a Nalgene Bottle with tap water
  2. Turn on the SteriPen and look for the flashing green light indicating that it is ready to use.
  3. Swirl the SteriPen in the water until the light turns off. It doesn't take very long.

That's it. Now you have safe water, and you can use it for two drinks that will pick you up and keep you up throughout the day.

A Good Cup of Coffee

The first drink of course is a good cup of coffee. We always travel with an AeroPress, given that coffee makers in random kitchens can be dubious at times. This device is compact, easy to use, and easy to clean. Coffee experts throughout the world will tell you that it makes an outstanding cup of coffee, and we can travel in peace knowing that we've got this important aspect of our trip covered. Depending on where we're traveling, we bring along enough coffee to get us started or get us through the entire trip.

Electrolyte Water

The other drink that is important to us when we are traveling under conditions that lead to dehydration is something that will replenish electrolytes. On our trip to Thailand and Cambodia we brought along packets of Skratch Labs Lemon/Lime Sport Hydration Mix, mixed them with about two-thirds purified water in our Nalgene Bottles and then put them in the freezer over night. The next morning, we filled the remainder of the bottle with more clean water and took it with us on our adventure of the day. It stayed cold and was amazingly refreshing in the heat and humidity.

Recommendations in Packaroo

When you create a trip in Packaroo to a place that is hot or at a high elevation, Packaroo will recommend that you bring along the following items:

  1. Water Purifier
  2. Wide Mouthed Water Bottle
  3. Coffee Maker
  4. Coffee
  5. Electrolyte Powder