Could The LifeStraw Save Your Life?

When it comes to surivival planning, water always has to be one of your first considerations. But there are difficulties when it comes to securing enough clean water to sustain yourself and your family. Whether it’s an emergency scenario or you’re just out camping in the wilderness, you need clean, safe water.

This can provide you a cheap, easy, reliable way to filter and purify nearly all water you come across. No need to lug around gallons of clean water when you can wear this 2 oz straw around your neck and make every stream or brook a safe water source.

Real Life Review Of The LifeStraw

The LifeStraw packaging is fairly basic. Instructions are given, but it’s very intuitive to use, so you probably wouldn’t need those anyway. It’s essentially a straw with two caps. Uncover caps, stick in water, drink. Easy as pie.

What I find especially convenient about the LifeStraw is how crazy light it is. It’s certainly lighter than an average neck knife (like my Mora Classic 1 for example), and I have no issues carrying them around all day long. The LifeStraw, with its provided neck cord, is barely noticeable by comparison.

While the LifeStraw does filter out 99.9999% of bacteria and 99.9% of waterborne protozoan cysts, it should be noted that other nasties besides bacteria and protozoa parasites can lurk in the water. The LifeStraw won’t filter out minerals, viruses, or chemicals, so while it’s fairly safe to drink from running water in rivers, brooks, and creeks, it’s not a good idea to use the LifeStraw downstream from an industrial plant or in a pool of water in a third world country. Of course, if you have absolutely no other choice but to drink, because you’re stuck in a survival situation say, go for it. Always better with the LifeStraw than without it. But beware that there are still risks as the LifeStraw cannot filter out everything dangerous.

The LifeStraw boasts being chemical free, which is awesome as that’s always been my biggest gripe with alternatives like tabs and boiling water. It can filter 1000 liters in its lifetime, certainly enough for users like me who would only need it from time to time in case of emergencies, while hiking, or during camping trips.

The design is both sleek and comfortable to wear, and as I’ve mentioned before, quite lightweight. Remarkably, it only weighs 2 ounces.

This light weight is an enormous benefit when out wandering the wilderness, but it also means that you have the availibilty for safe water while taking up almost no space in your bug out bag. Think of how many other necessities you can fit into your bag by removing the need for heavy, bulky water bottles or larger filtration systems.

Of course, crouching down is just one way you can use the LifeStraw. If you happen to have a container on you, like a water bottle, a pot, or a cup, it would do you well to put the stream water into the container first, then drinking with the LifeStraw from the container, rather than the stream.

Unfortunately the LifeStraw does not fit inside the neck of a typical plastic water bottle, but it’s a problem that can quickly be solved if you’ve got a sharp edge on you. Simply cut off the top of the plastic water bottle, and you’re all set.

The LifeStraw water purification system is a pretty awesome piece of kit. From an objective point of view, it does its job quite well. From a subjective standpoint, the water filtration system leaves the H2O tasting great, with no chemical or gritty taste.

I heartily recommend the LifeStraw as a cheap, functional insurance policy when you’re out hiking or travelling through locales with less robust infrastructure. As for end of the world survival? You’ll want a more robust system with a more durable filter. But for hiking, camping, and enduring survival situations until you’re rescued, the LifeStraw is one hell of a valuable piece of gear.

– via More Than Just Surviving

Have you ever tried the LifeStraw? Do you think this could be a useful resource for you while out camping, or even when SHTF?

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