Lifestraw Personal Water Filter Review: Backpacking means setting off into the wide world with nothing more than just a backpack over your shoulders. You need to fit everything you could possibly ever need on your travels into just this small space and therein lies one of the toughest challenges of this amazing pastime.
This can become rather hard if you’re going away for a long time and it becomes even harder if you’re planning on hiking or camping outdoors. How can you fit all the supplies you might need – including food, drink, first aid, clothes etc. – all into a single bag?
Well, when you think about it, this shouldn’t be half as challenging as it is. After all, most animals survive in the wild with nothing at all! How do they do it? By drinking from natural water sources.
So if you want to follow suite, what can you do?
The answer is to get yourself the LifeStraw. This is a ‘personal water filter’ and it has been making quite a splash. Let’s take a look at how it works and whether it’s a good buy.
The idea behind the Life Straw is rather revolutionary. Normally, we are advised not to drink out of streams or lakes because they can carry bacteria – including some serious life-altering diseases.
But if you can filter that water, then it can become safe to drink. Filtering normally means running the water through a medium, such as activated charcoal. This will then absorb the various toxins and bacteria out of the water, thereby leaving it much cleaner. Many of us use filters in our homes to make our water healthier and better tasting.
With the LifeStraw, you are simply taking that concept and making it mobile. This way, you can carry a small and affordable device with you that lets you drink straight from rivers and streams while removing the harmful elements.
This is a revolutionary design and it made a big splash when it was first announced. Since then, it has been used by millions of people around the word.
When you drink through the LifeStraw, it can remove a minimum of 99.9999% of the bacteria and 99.9% of protozoan parasites. It filters up to 0.2 microns and it does all this without using any harmful agents of its own. That means no iodine or chlorine. It’s so small and light as to be easy to fit into a pocket and it won’t add any weight to your trip.
We highly recommend this tool if you plan on hiking, trekking or otherwise exploring outside of major cities. Even if you’re just planning on staying in hostels and hotels though, it can still be useful as a backup and as a way to drink the local water. Often water abroad is filled with too many minerals and this can make us feel sick – but by filtering it first it will be just like drinking fresh water from home. Definitely worth adding to your gear list!