The Importance of Being Hydrated : Part 2

This is a sequential post from an earlier post.


Water is such an important part of life, especially while travelling and these posts hope to emphasize that and promote appreciation for this valuable commodity.


Easy Access to Water

We have the ability to store 50L of drinking water in big plastic tanks, but dragging those things out of the truck requires serious muscle and effort, so we’re saving those for when we really need them.  We also have a 3 litre bladder that can be positioned behind the seats of the Troopy for easy hydration while driving, but the bladder tends to get a bit fluffy if you leave it alone for too long and cleaning it can be such a hassle!


To solve this problem of having easy access to water, we are using refillable goon bags.  In the water isle of the supermarket are 10L goons of water, and they cost anywhere between $3-$8, which is pretty good for 10 litres of drinkable water.  The great thing about these goons is that you can pull the spout off and refill them, and the spout makes it easy to refill water bottles and add water when cooking.



Potable water

When refilling your goon bag or water bottle, make sure you fill it with water that is safe to drink.  If you are unsure about the water that comes out of the tap, ask a local.  Otherwise, look for a potable water sign.  You can find these next to dump points, which is kinda gross, but you can only assume that our infrastructure and plumbing has made advancements since the 1854 Broad Street Cholera Outbreak in London… ew!


Cool Water

Driving around in the heat can be exhausting and a refreshingly cold gulp of water can easily breathe life back into the sweatiest of men, but what if you don’t have any room in your fridge or eski to keep a bottle of water cool?


If you’re camping next to a river or beach, fill a bucket with some fresh cool water and stick your bottles into that.  Water loses heat very quickly and adapts to outside temperatures, so as long as the water from the river is colder than the water that’s been sitting in the car all day, you’re winning.  Make sure you keep your water out of the sun, otherwise it’ll heat up faster than baby in a Barina on a hot day.


Another option is to walk into an information centre or service station and politely ask if there was anywhere you could fill your water bottle.  If the quality of the water in the area is generally bad, the local may take pity on you and offer to refill your bottle with cool, filtered water from their staff quarters.  Victory…



Staying Fit for Charity

We arrived in Geraldton on a Saturday afternoon and went straight to the Visitor Information Centre to find out what was on for the weekend.  Juz found out there was a charity run the next morning for Oxfam and without batting an eyelid, she said she would do it.



Oxfam’s Walk Against Want raises awareness of the long distances that people have to travel just to collect fresh, drinkable water.  The event allowed participants to either run or walk and the two distances available were 5km and 10km.  When Juz arrived at the registration table on Sunday morning, she threw caution to the wind and ticked her name off for the 10km run, without expecting to complete the entire distance due to a lack of training.


The race started at 9am and the sun was already quite warm.  By the time she got halfway through, she was hot and thirsty and the chaffing was starting to hurt.  She found a tap at the 6km mark and doused her hair in cool water and a bubbler at the 9km mark quenched her thirst.



The course ended up being around 11km and Juz rose to the challenge of sprinting the last 100m to the finish line.  The distance was a personal best – she had done 8km with her mum for the Mother’s Day Classic less than a year earlier but this distance was really something to be proud of.  As expected, lots of stretching was required and the poor feet were a bit sore, but the real pain was felt in the shower with the hot water stinging all the chaffed spots.


Chaffing - the least fun part about fun runs...


30 Days of Packing Workout Gear

Day 24 : Exercise Gear

Just because we’re travelling, it doesn’t mean we should slack off and let ourselves go.  We will be doing plenty of walking, but if we find that we have some excess energy, why not let off some steam with a workout?


We are also looking forward to taking up barefoot running, which has a bunch of physiological benefits.  We’ll start off with baby steps and gradually build towards 5km runs.