Waterbite: Gelled water for traveling with dogs
A while back, I posted a description of Waterbite portable water and implored its maker to package it in TSA-friendly 3-oz. packages. No progress on that front, but my mother had the brilliant idea of re-packing the gel into the small (2-oz.) Nalgene screwtop jars you find at The Container Store and putting a handful of them into my 3-1-1 bag. So I went ahead and bought an order of Waterbites. They arrived today, and we submitted the gel to Chloe for testing. Results were very positive, so we’re a go on the re-packing plan. I think it will work, even though the gel turns out to be not so much “squeezeable” as “breakable into smaller, really-firm-jello-like pieces.”
Fingers crossed that the gel remains a hit in the field (that is, inserted into her carrier during flight) — I would be really happy not to have to hold ice cubes in my hand, head pressed against the seat in front of me and arm stuck into Chloe’s carrier, for her to lick. Our next flight with her is in about a month, so I’ll hold off on posting this until we have a final report for you.
a month later
Alas, in practice it didn’t work so well. Chloe showed no interest at all in the Waterbites gel en route, even when I broke off pieces and offered them to her as treats. It’s back to the ice cubes for us. I still believe, though, that the idea is essentially a good one — consider giving it a try with your dog. (And on the ground, Waterbites remain a hit with Chloe — we’ll keep a stock on hand for day hikes.)