Top 6 Portable Water Filters for Backpacking

Portable Water Filter being used on Teton Crest Trail

Portable water filters can come in really handy when you are out on a long trail. Or any time really… If you’re like me you will take off at a moments notice and sometimes you just can’t trust your available water source out there. Here are the 6 best outdoor water filters for outdoor people. Use them when you can only find a creek, stored water or an unreliable source: you CAN trust these on-the-go portable water filters.

Best Portable Water Filters 2019

LifeStraw Portable Water Filter

Lifestraw Personal Water Filter – ($19.95)

With millions of people across the planet suffering from a lack of access to clean drinking water, pathogens have become an epidemic. LIFESTRAW filter provides a simple way to purify water to those here and away. Pick up a Lifestraw and always be sure to have it in your pack. You never know when you may need the Lifestraw Portable Portable Water Filter Straw  – it’s a lifesaver!

[Purchase: $19.99]

 

Katadyn Water Filter

Katadyn Camp 6L – (89.95)

The first tool I ever purchased for backpacking was a water filter. For 7 years I’ve sworn by the Katadyn Hiker Pro, a hand-pump water filter that has kept me safely hydrated from water sources as diverse as the top of Mt. Rainier to the gnarly creek behind my house when my well failed. But the pump model is exhausting and time-consuming. Katadyn leads the charge of today’s innovative gravity filters with its Camp 6L. Just fill it, hang it and you’re done. At a filtration rate of 2L/minute, it’s blazing fast and the capacity makes it perfect for a family or any small group.

On a recent camp where we pulled our water from a snowpatch, I filled it with snow and a little warm water. Leaving it in the sun, the snow soon melted to ice-cold water, a huge aid for longer backpacks when you might be wanting to save your fuel for cooking instead of the heat-intensive act of melting snow for water.

[Purchase: $89.95]

Sawayer Mini

Sawyer Mini – ($19.95)

This inexpensive water filter will cost you less than $40.00 and can clean up to 100,000 gallons of water. It is an unmatched deal for an on-the-go water filter. You can even fit the Sawyer Mini in your pocket! This innovative water filter comes in a collapsible pouch (kinda like a Capri Sun) so it makes for simple storage. A personal fav, as it’s the most economical. One of the best backpacking water purifiers on the market.

[Purchase: $39.95]

Grayl Quest Portable Water Filter

Grayl Quest Water Filtration Cup – ($59.99)

What if you didn’t have to put anything in your water bottle… what if your water bottle was a water filter itself? Well, that is a reality. Introducing the GRAYL Global Travel water filter. Ultra-light, this bottle makes it easy to have clean, purified drinking water in less than 15 seconds! It is the ONLY water bottle you’ll ever need. Just fill up at your favorite water source and the filtration system eliminates viruses, bacteria, protozoa, particulates, chemicals, and heavy metals – anywhere. Now, this is not really an ultralight backpacking water filter, more ideal for car camping near streams.

[Purchase: $59.99]

Bamboo Charcoal

Bamboo Charcoal

You don’t have to be a Grinch to get a lump of coal, and it doesn’t have to be Christmas! You can use this common substance to filter water just about anywhere. But don’t confuse it with what you have on the grill. ACTIVATED charcoal sticks are able to remove heavy metals and other toxins from water sources quickly and easily. You can even use them at home if ever you need to filter tap water. These Activated Charcoal Water Filters are great anywhere to eliminate harmful things lurking in your water like fluoride, arsenic, chlorine, aluminum an others.

Tulsi Leaves

Tulsi or Holy Basil

There is no fresher way to clean your drinking water than this herbaceous yet floral plant. It grows in full sun and partial shade sunlight and when harvested adds a wonderful flavor to just about everything. Not only that but you can count on Tulsi (also known as Holy Basil) to remove heavy metals, industrial chemicals (parabens), copper, carbon, ethanol, pesticides and the toxic lingering of pharmaceutical drugs. Other natural foods that work as water filters include cilantro, moringa and citrus peels.

Whatever you do please avoid using plastic bottles when you travel. Here are 6 reasons why plastic bottles should be banned internationally.

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Brittany Artwohl
Brittany is a fitness expert and natural health enthusiast based out of sunny Arizona. A certified first responder, lifeguard, group fitness instructor and yoga trainer, Brittany has also worked as a professional writer with a focus on natural health for over 8 years.

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