If you have a chronic illness, you know that the summer heat can create all sorts of challenges for your body. Extra daylight means extra time for the sun to be out to play, causing or exacerbating an array of potential health problems. Many of us have a plethora of tools in our arsenals to combat the heat based on our individual needs, and for me, staying hydrated is one of them. That’s where the Hydrojug comes in.
I love drinking water, but let’s face it, sometimes making sure I am drinking enough requires a focus that I just don’t always have readily available (thanks, brain fog). I needed something that could not only meet my daily intake needs, but be portable, look good, and most importantly BPA-free. After searching the web for hours, I stumbled across thehydrojug.com. Let’s just say, at first glance, I was more than excited to try it out. After some research and reading through their very helpful website, I decided to go ahead and purchase a bottle, a sleeve, and their recommended straw. At the time of purchase (January 2020), the bottle was $19.99US, the sleeve $19.99US, and the straw $4.99US, and I googled and found an affiliate code for 10% off. It seemed like a hefty investment at first, but I was willing to try it since they offer a 14-day window to return it if satisfaction isn’t one hundred percent. I placed my order on January 25, 2020, it shipped two days later.
Upon unboxing, I was first impressed with the size. All of their bottles are a 1/2 gallon, which means only filling it up twice to reach my daily goal. The bottle itself was pretty light-weight, and the wide-mouth lid made it super easy to wash and add big ice cubes to, so that was a plus! There was no weird plastic smell thanks to the food-grade plastic they use, which also makes it dishwasher-safe and the neoprene sleeve was easy enough to slip on. But, I have to say the straw is my favorite! Not only is it comfortable to drink out of and easy to clean, but thanks to a flexible silicone bottom, you can close the lid tight and not have to choose between drinking out of a straw or a potential spill when you’re carrying it out and about. Major extra points!
After 6 months of daily use, I have to say that it definitely checks all of my required boxes. So much so, that I have since ordered another bottle and sleeve. Not only does the variety of colors make it personal and fun, but the fact that I only have to keep track of filling it up once or twice and it’s portable is amazing. It’s a little on the heavier side when it’s filled all the way up, but the handle is comfortable, easy enough to hold, and it gets lighter as you drink out of it. Also, the bottle does sweat a bit if you add ice, but the neoprene sleeve not only helps with condensation, but it has a shoulder strap to make it easier to carry and even more portable too. Bonus-it also has two pockets on the side for phone and keys or ID. All in all, I love my Hydrojug and can’t recommend it enough if hydration is one of your summer goals or tools to help beat the summer heat. If you decide you want to try it out, you can use code ‘AutoAdvo10’ at checkout for a 10% savings on your order and make sure to tag me @theautoimmuneadvocate on Instagram so we can be hydration accountability buddies!