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Flying is a unique situation. It's rare for a mode of transportation to have stringently enforced rules; most of us should probably have a lot more speeding tickets to our name or citations for blowing through stop signs on a bicycle. Frequent flyers know that having a solid water supply available, especially with the Summer months approaching fast, is going to become even more important. Performance isn’t just about exercise and physically demanding jobs, you may have important meetings as soon as you land or have to be alert enough to watch the kids. Given the strict environment that is a modern airplane behind TSA security let’s discuss some of the best options for hydration on a plane.
Waiting for water: A simple rule to stave off dehydration is to never feel thirsty. You need to constantly be drinking enough water to maintain a healthy hydration level. Especially on long haul flights I know I'm parched each and every time drink service comes around. I definitely don't fault the flight attendants; they have a much wider range of responsibilities than most people realize. We need to take responsibility for our own fluid supply.
Buying water: Did you know that most airport businesses behind TSA are often barely profitable? The stringent regulations with which they have to comply make the cost of business almost unsustainably high; most locations exist as a pseudo billboard rather than as a profitable location. However, just because there's an explanation still doesn't really make the cost of a regular bottle of water any more reasonable. At least back in the day bottled water attempted to maintain a marketing mystique but now we all know we're just paying for tap water.
Bringing an empty container: TSA lets you bring an empty water bottle through security and most airports have dedicated bottle filling stations at the water fountains. However, you're entering an extremely unusual environment (the plane) and not every bottle is convenient. My go to bottle was a Nalgene for most of my life. Airplanes are uniquely inconvenient because there isn't any sort of deep beverage holder (which Nalgenes rarely fit anyway) and seat back pockets are becoming increasingly small and un-expandable. The venerable Nalgene doesn't fit anymore. You can try using a bladder but you’ll be moving your bag around the whole flight.
Why an IcePlate: 50oz capacity (more than most standard size bottles), a shape that's compatible with even the most modern and impractical seat back pockets, no need to even move the bottle for use. We also offer a dust cover for the bite valve if you want extra protection from contaminants. When we designed the IcePlate the entire focus was on its ability to be frozen and worn close to the body (in Southern California Summers). One of the best things about liberating our customer base from use constraints has been seeing the market’s innovation. We didn't think about in-flight use during design but IcePlate has quickly proven to be uniquely suited to this task. Especially if you're headed to a destination with environmental constraints having an IcePlate handy is going to help maintain your performance even after arrival: it doesn't have to simply be another thing to stuff in the checked bag.