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5/2/13 9:54 P

Environmental un-friendliness aside, yes, I have safely stored bottled water in my car just fine. In the trunk, it doesn't even really get hot the way the inside of the car itself does (no windows) even in Georgia heat. I've never had a problem with it.

I think it's laudable to be environmentally friendly, but I keep it in there for emergencies. As often as I've been stranded on the side of the road, I've never regretted it. And I drop the bottle in the recycling bin when I can. ;)

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5/2/13 8:15 P

I frequently put a few bottles in a small cooler with an ice pack. And I live in Florida where it's often hot.

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5/2/13 8:03 P

I always have water bottles in my car. I don't generally drink a lot of water, but I regularly sip on it when in the car. In the summer I have PBA-Free plastic bottles, (I once experienced a glass bottle exploding in the car because of the heat - it had been shut in there for about 2 hours while we were at my parents), and I half-fill them with water, then freeze them overnight. Before going out I top them up. That way I have cold water which is more refreshing. In the winter, I leave the bottle in the car for emergencies.


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5/2/13 7:34 P

Yes, get a couple of good GLASS bottles and fill them with water. You may have to find something in glass you want to recycle. Heat (and acidic beverages) releases items like bisphenol A, which personally now that I know more about it, I seriously don't want to consume.

PS -- yes tap water is just as good as bottled water, unless you live in an area with heavy fluoridation or something, or you are told your area water is contaminated. A lot of bottled water is really just tap water, but just from somewhere else...

Edited by: ARTEMISTHEGREEK at: 5/2/2013 (19:38)

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5/2/13 7:21 P

I agree with the other poster that buying bottled water is a bad idea and that you'd be better off just putting water in reusable bottles. In answer to your original question, there is nothing to the myth of "toxins" being released from plastic bottles into water when stored in the car. You have nothing at all to worry about.

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5/2/13 7:12 P

If you can, buy a glass reusable bottle or three and fill it with tap water and take it with you always. There is absolutely *no* benefit to bottled water over tap water. Bottled water is actually less regulated than tap water. You'll save money, you'll get more water, and you won't have to worry about plastics.

I have two stainless bottles I take to work, I fill them up at my sink every morning :)

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5/2/13 7:05 P

I want to boost my water intake by keeping bottled water always on hand in my car. I often find myself sitting in traffic, thirsty, with my trusty water bottle already empty. Plus, I'd like to be able to offer water to my kids more frequently. I've heard that plastic bottles may leach toxins to the water when they are overheated, such as by being stored in a hot car.
Additionally, is bottled water generally safe, when it may have been overheated during transport to the store? Thanks in advance!

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