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.
by Brittany Artwhol
Best Portable Water Filters 2019
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!
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.
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.
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 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.