Water filtration is an important aspect of outdoor traveling and camping. The WHO attributes 80% of all travel diseases to drinking water that has been contaminated. Waterborne illnesses can be found in tap water and ice cubes, and that’s usually the source. Even bottled water, though safe as it seems, can still get contaminated too. Anywhere in the outdoors can have clean water-but it’s very likely to not. Even if you think one day it is safe to drink from a stream, the next day it could end up not safe. You never know. The WHO recommends treating water from every source in the backcountry. These three best portable water filters are great options to keep your drinking water safe.
This Swiss water filter is very dependable. It is built to last a long time, and to be used a long time. It filers up to 13,000 gallons of water in its lifespan and puts out 1 quart per minute. It can be used by 1 to 4 people. The filter itself is infused with silver which discourages bacteria and protozoan growth. The outlet hose that is provided as well attaches to containers with a clip. It can perform in freezing temperatures, but be sure not to leave the water in there to freeze as it will destroy the filter.
Complaints: It is bigger than a lot of “microfilters.” It is heavier, too(2 lbs.) It requires a bit more effort than a lot of others as you have to pump it manually.
Versatile and super simple to use, Sawyer’s mini filter system is a great choice for any outdoors fan. It fits in the palm of your hand, your choice of color, weighs only 2 oz, and filers up to 100,000 gallons of water in its lifespan. Its versatility includes a drinking pouch, standard disposable water bottles, or you can even use the straw to drink directly from the water source. It’s got a certified 0.1 micron filter to remove bacteria and protozoa.
Complaints: Sawyer isn’t a well known brand. The plastic housing doesn’t hold up the best from attachment and detachment and the threads get worn out. Cannot handle freezing temperatures, so when in the cold, you must keep it on your person so your body heat can keep the temp high enough.
As a compact, basic, personal filtering drinking straw, Lifestraw is great for backpacking, camping, and emergency use as well. It was designed for use in African countries. It’s the weight of a straw, the dimensions of a straw, so it’s very portable.
Complaints: It’s only one straw, so it’s meant for only one person’s use. You may have to buy multiple if you have a family going on the trip with you. The suction it requires is a lot, and it can plug fairly quickly.
There you have it. Three great choices for water filtration in the outdoors that will keep you safe, and are not only good for camping and fun, but also trips abroad to places that don’t have access to safe drinking water and even emergencies.