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Clean Water Anywhere - Lifestraw

Clean Water Anywhere - Lifestraw

When you spend a good amount of time traveling or camping, having clean and good tasting water can often be a difficult task. Some campsites don’t have running water (especially in typically drought dry California), so water may come from a pump that just has a strange taste to it. We had no idea what we were missing, even though we knew about Lifestraw and had only heard great things about these filters.  

We were thrilled to receive a couple of Lifestraw products to try out - thanks to this great company for the goods to try, but also for the good that they are doing all over the globe. Clean drinking water is a scarce resource in a lot of places, and they are working to provide water to those that need it the most. They are also creating products that can potentially save lives, and that is worth supporting. From Lifestraw directly: “One product, one child, one year of clean water - with every product sold, a child in need receives safe water for an entire school year.”

I certainly hope to never be in a situation where my water bottle is providing me with life-saving clean water, but it is certainly a good item to have on backpacking trips and long hikes. It also fits well into an emergency plan, should a disaster happen. The water bottle and filters serve a purpose for me on any trip, since I tend to be a picky water drinker. I’m very aware of strange flavors or bad tastes in water, which means I often don’t drink near enough water when I’m traveling.  

Lifestraw has solved that for me. The filters don’t just filter water to be safe, but they also filter the water to taste better. Whether it’s water from a hotel sink, or a campground spigot, or a river used for refilling on a long hike - the Lifestraw makes the water safe and tasty. 

The first product we tried from Lifestraw actually came in one of our Cairn boxes. It is the LifeStraw Universal Bottle Adapter with 2-Stage Filtration. This filter easily adapts to most water bottles, including wide and narrow mouth. The kit includes a wide mouth lid and a narrow mouth lid, with the filter which fits onto both. Both lids have a mouthpiece, and a second lid to cover that. The whole kit comes in a little bag to keep it all together and clean. This filter is great because it means we can keep using our Hydroflask bottles, and still have filtered water!

We also got the LifeStraw Go Filter Bottle, which has a lid and filter. This bottle is great for just about any kind of situation, except really hot environments where the water doesn’t stay cool. This bottle includes a strap around the collar and a carabiner to attach it to a pack. It holds 22 ounces of water, and is very lightweight for packing and travel. I really like this bottle, and have put it good use so far! 

Here are some details on the filter system:

  • Removes at least 99.999% of waterborne bacteria and protozoa

  • Removes 99.999% of Microplastics

  • Hollow Fiber Membrane - Filters 4,000 liters (1,000 gallons)

  • Replaceable carbon capsule reduces chlorine, bad taste and odor, as well as organic chemical matter like pesticides, herbicides, and VOCs

  • Carbon capsule lasts up to 100 litres (25 gallons)

  • Exceeds NSF42 standards for chlorine removal and meets US EPA drinking water standards

  • Made of recyclable materials

If you aren’t familiar with Lifestraw, take some time to look into them and what they offer. We love the filters and having clean water, anywhere we go. It’s fun to dip a bottle into a river, and take a drink through that filter, too!  

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