Have you ever watched the show "I shouldn't be alive" on the animal planet? I binge watched all the episodes I could find with my husband one day and the main survival item that keeps standing out on every episode is the water supply or lack there of. Forget the fact that one survivor developed gangrene (don't google it if you don't know what that is...trust me) and couldn't find any food--water was the main Achilles heel in these scenarios where you're stranded on a deserted island, stuck on top of an avalanche or lost in the deserts of the no man's land. A water filter in your backpack survival arsenal will be highly recommended.
You can always try and pack enough water bottles that your hiking bag can hold but what if an unforeseen mishap comes into fruition leaving you tempted to drink your umm...number one. I just discovered a neat little tool that will help you in these dire situations. We now have the advantage of having LifeStraw Personal Water Filter that you can actually insert into a puddle of muddy rain water and drink it like it tasted like water from a bottle. Whaaaaaaa? Yeah. Awarded as a Time Magazine Invention of the year this water filter straw comes loaded with no chemicals and no need for batteries. Since it only weighs about 2 ounces it will not be noticed when packed with your other survival kids.
I hate to be a doomsday Debbie Downer type of chic today but if you ever watched the show "Doomsday Preppers" on the National Geographic (My husband and I went through a serious "prepare for the end of the world or economical collapse" kick if you're wondering about our choice in television shows--we don't have an underground bunker so don't ask if we have room 🙂 ) where people were going through extremes to make sure they had fresh drinking water and food. This LifeStraw seems like a great implementation to add to the dooms day prepper checkoff list.
If you are out fishing no need to carry along water bottles in your ice chest (unless you're packing beer) as you can just insert the LifeStraw into the stream of water you are fishing in.
If you're traveling in unknown territories where the drinking water may be slightly on the questionable side no fear LifeStraw is here (totally sharing my poetic skills) as the LifeStraw removes 99.99 percent of bacteria and protozoa.
This water filter takes filtrating your water to the extremes. This straw has passed all regulation guidelines for E. coli, Giardia, and salmonella.
How to use
Simple. All you need to do is remove the cap insert into drinking water of "choice" (like you choose to drink from a puddle, ha) and slurp until your heart is content. Once you're finished getting refreshed all you need to do is blow back into the straw and the dirty water will begin to expel flushing the filter membranes.
- Award-winning LifeStraw has been used by millions around the globe since 2005
- Removes minimum 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria (>LOG 6 reduction) and surpasses EPA standards for water filters
- Removes minimum 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites (>LOG 3 reduction) and filters to an amazing 0.2 microns
- Filters up to 1000 liters of contaminated water WITHOUT iodine, chlorine, or other chemicals
- Comes in a sealed bag, perfect for storing for emergencies
Q - Will my water taste like pee if I insert this straw into...you know...pee?
A - Since this straw can't filter salt your urine will tasty salty the more salt in your diet the saltier it gets but when you're in a situation where you need to drink your urine the salt will not even matter. A more direct answer would be to say that it will not dissolve contaminants. 🙂
Q - Will it filtrate river water
A - Any stagnant water can be filtered and taste fine, like mentioned, salt can't be filtered so salt water will taste like salt water but ponds, rivers, lakes or any drinking fountain you are unsure of will taste like clean water
I think this is a great advent for the professional hikers, cyclist, expeditionist or the person in a "holy crap where am I" conundrum. Or simply when crap hits the fan like in a doomsday apocalypse this LifeStraw Personal Water Filter will buy you and your family some time to figure things out. 😉