Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 11, Issue 4 – July 15, 2018
Greetings, Thrifty Sisters! I hope that each of you are taking time to enjoy the summer months. While this particular summer has provided a lot of unexpected adventures and responsibilities, I am fighting like mad to enjoy my favorite season. Twenty minutes of glorious garden time is better than no garden time, so enjoy the things you love while you can.
Recently, my hubby and I had an opportunity to take one of those “once in a life time” trips to Iceland. We knew that we were going to have to stay hydrated, but we were not sure on the regulations of bringing in your own reusable containers and international travel rules. We played it safe, and bought water at the first airport, and managed to travel with those plastic bottles all the way through Iceland. One our flight from New York to Iceland, I was pretty shocked to see the passengers in the seat across the isle from us with their own refillable containers, neatly tucked into the seat pocket in front of them.
Which has made me super curious about bringing your own reusable containers. This link is recent, although it was posted after we had already departed to our destination. https://www.tsa.gov/blog/2018/05/16/tsas-5-essential-summer-travel-tips says, “Did you know you can bring your empty favorite water bottles and fill them up in the gate area? They don’t need to be clear and they can be metal, plastic, etc. What to expect: You’ll need put your water bottle through the X-ray for screening. Just make sure it’s completely empty when going through the TSA checkpoint.”
While we were in Iceland, we were told not to buy the bottled water. The water from the cold faucet side was the purest water one would ever be able to drink, and it is the same water that they commercially bottle. Interestingly, we were reminded to not drink the water on the hot water side, as this hot water comes from the geothermal pools underground. The hot water in certain parts of the country certainly smells like sulphur, but one gets used to it rather quickly. Drink the cold, not the hot.
While we have all been warned about the dangers of bottled water, and how it’s not as pure or safe as one thinks it might be, and the plastic usage and waste is a problem, and it’s a drain on our wallet, one needs to remember that it also saves lives. Consider those in the US who do not have safe drinking water (Flint, Michigan, for example), or possibly those who have been in flood disasters where their drinking water has been contaminated.
While I am not running out to the store to stock up on bottled water, I realize that I am also very fortunate to live somewhere where the water from my tap is safe and tastes good. Although, I would strongly not recommend drinking water from my local streams or lakes, like they can do in Iceland (really, Icelandic tap water comes from streams! No sanitation needed!). I am very content to get to use my reusable drinking vessels here at home, and now I know that as of today, empty water bottles are allowed on international and home flights. But do check the TSA site in the future. It seems like the rules change all the time, and if you don’t want to be forced to toss your favorite water bottle in the trash at the security counter, maybe buying the bottled convenience is for you. But, please recycle and get as many miles as you can out of that purchased bottle. We put on about 4,000 miles on those plastic bottles, and have the bragging rights to say that we have drank some of the cleanest water on Earth.
Before I let you all go, here’s a recipe that I dug up out of the 2016 archives. I have been meaning to share and try it myself! With the season in full swing, this might make a delicious way to enjoy all that summer zucchini. Note that this dish will keep for 2 weeks in the fridge, or you can freeze it for a full year. Zucchini Butter: http://foodinjars.com/2016/09/zucchini-butter/
And with that, my Thrifty Sisters, remember to stay hydrated! Take this opportunity to consider your refillable water options. Mason jars make great traveling companions, especially if you have those cute little drinking tops! One can even invest in mason jar koozies. Be kind to yourself and each other and keep on keepin’ it thrifty and fun!