Want to hear a funny joke about dehydration? DEHYDRATION IS NOT FUNNY! The number one key to any outside fun is proper hydration, and here for you today is a list of 6 different purification methods to get clean water into your system while you are in the back country:
MSR Hyperflow Microfilter
Easy to use and not too obtrusive to pack, the MSR Hyperflow Microfilter is a reliable and heavily-tested back country water pump. Just simply put the hose into a running water source (stream, creek, sewer drain), and start pumping. Connect the filter to a dromedary or Nalgene and collect some fresh drinking water. It may be a little time consuming, but the price is right for this versatile water pump.
Katadyn MyBottle Purifier
A more personal touch to water filters, this handy-dandy purifier allows you to open up your water bottle, dip it into virtually any source of water, screw the cap on, and drink away. The built-in water filter kills the bacteria as it goes from the water bottle and onto your taste-buds, leaving you pleasantly hydrated with no need to pump, put-together, or waste any time.
Potable Aqua Water Purification Tablets
A great thing to have as a backup water purification system is Potable Aqua. These little tabs come in a small, pack-it-and-forget-it, glass bottle. When the time comes, just add a drop of Potable Aqua to your water source and let it sit while it does its job of killing bacteria and sanitizing any water source. Just make sure to follow the directions and you’ll be drinking clean water in no time.
Sawyer Squeeze Bags
Similar to the Katadyn MyBottle, the Sawyer Squeeze Bags are compressible plastic bags that you can carry along easily in your bag. When you need to filter some water, simply fill the bag with your water source and squeeze it out into your personal drinking device. The built-in filter will do all the work, and you don’t have to be choosy when deciding which water bottle to bring.
SteriPen Adventure Opti
Behold modern technology! This cool little gadget uses UV light to sanitize your water source. Simply take the pen, dip it into your water source, and ignite the UV light. With up to 8,000 water treatments, this handy backpacking tool will get you drinking clean water for years and impressing people with your magical abilities.
Vestergaard Frandsen LifeStraw
Designed with intentions to solve third world fresh-water problems, this instrument is also handy on trail. It literally is a filter straw. Dip it into any water source and suck away. Good for that quick gulp on the go or for reminiscing about the days of crazy-straws.