No matter how far away your trip may take you from civilization, there are some basic necessities that you just cannot rob your body from. Regular rehydration is vitally important, especially alongside performing physical activity such as hiking. While you may not have access to purified tap water in the wilderness, there is a good chance that you may come across natural water sources such as rivers and streams. To help you make the water drinkable, use a water filter!
As we always do here on camping-essentials.org, we have looked at some of the best products that you may want to consider and collected them all in one place. There is an included review along with some comments that customers just like you have made about them. Take a look!
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Camping Water Filter Buying Guide
Below we have included a few factors you may want to take into consideration when you make your choice.
Types of Filtering Methods
First of all, we recommend that you choose water filters that have been certified by the National Sanitation Foundation. This is the organization that tests water filter systems to ensure that they are capable of purifying water to the extent that it matches drinking quality.
However, please bear in mind that no filter is capable of removing every contaminant, but this is not even a requirement for national water suppliers.
Below, we will introduce some of the most common types of water filters
The physical structure of carbon is such that it has microscopic pores within its substance. Liken it to a very fine sieve or filter that essentially absorbs the contaminants while the water passes through. Carbon filters are also used to filter air and they are quite common. Carbon filters are able to remove all the major pesticides, chlorine byproducts, lead and some other chemicals. Note that their ability to remove bacteria, parasites and organic compounds is limited!
This is the most expensive type of water filter method, usually used in conjunction with carbon filters to remove bacteria and other living micro organisms from the water that were not filtered by the carbon.
Size and Capacity
Some portable water filter units ship in the shape of a kettle. This may be practical for filtering a large volume of water in a short period of time, for cooking at the campsite or for giving drinking water to a group of people at once. However, when you are hiking, consider using smaller units that resemble plastic bottles and offer an instant gulp of filtered water straight from the bottle.
Life cycle of the filter
Keep in mind that investing into a water filter is very similar to buying razors with replaceable blades: you are essentially buying two products. The first product is the body of the water filter that is supposed to last for a very long time. The second product is the filter itself, which you will need to replace once every so often. Check for the specification of how many cycles of filtering one filter is able to perform before it needs to be replaced. Or more importantly, can the filter be replaced at all, or will you have to purchase a whole new unit?