Surviving in the wilderness on your own has been a challenge for the most resourceful and bravest people due to its unpredictable nature and endless possibilities that can occur. This is what makes having the best gear so important. Survival Gear is necessary when it comes to emergency situations and your survival kit must include only the best survival items if you want to be prepared for everything that comes your way. However, surprisingly, a lot of people tend to overlook water quality as something that can be an emergency situation. A lot of people think that the most important thing is shelter. It is very important to have a decent and safe shelter, but if you don’t have drinking water, you could have the best tactical backpack packed with the best Gerber gear and you could still lose your life. That is why we want to use this opportunity to present maybe the most important survival tool – a water filter. This is a review of the LifeStraw water filter, so pay attention closely and if you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
One of the things I love about this water filter is that after filtering there is no aftertaste or nasty smell like you get with other water filters – the LifeStraw does not contain iodine or any related chemicals, making it safe and clean for drinking. However, you should note that the filter is not safe to be used under freezing temperatures. This is due to the possibility of creating tiny cracks in the device which will cause weak filtering, and thus you can contaminate your body with the unwanted chemicals and bacteria. The creators guarantee that the filter does not contain any chemicals and thus you will not have any problems related to that. However, note that the
filter cannot filter chemicals, salt, viruses or heavy metals – so for example,drinking water from a pool is not a good idea since the water in pool contains chlorine. Also be patient with drinking if water does not start to flow immediately – it takes 3-5 seconds of sucking before the water comes through the filter.
How the LifeStraw water filter works
LifeStraw has a 0.2 micron fiber membrane, which does not contain any chemicals or moving parts. The product works in three steps: basically you open the cap where dirty water enters, put it into water and on the top side you have a cap, which you need to remove so you can reach the mouth piece. Then you suck the water via the mouth piece and water passes through the filter, from the bottom of the tube all the way up to the top. As we have mentioned, note that it does take a few seconds before the water is filtered and before it comes to the top. Also, after each drinking session, remember to blow back through the LifeStraw in order to expel dirty water and clean the membrane/filter.
I had a situation during one of my camping trips where I simply could not find drinking water after I had drank all of the water that I had brought in with me. At first, I was little scared, but then I reached for my LifeStraw Personal Water Filter to test it for the first time. Thankfully there was a creek nearby where I was camping, but I was not sure if I should I drink that water. It looked fairly clean so I decided to try it out. The water came out crisp and refreshing with no aftertaste. Since then, I have been buying this LifeStraw for every camping trip. Now, when going out for longer durations, I just buy them and stack them in my backpack so I'm ready for all emergency situations. There have been other tips where the water was pretty dirty, but thankfully didn't have a bad smell. The group I was camping with used their LifeStraws and were pleasantly surprised – the taste of water was not like you get from a tap, but it was decent. No traces of any particles (at least from what I’ve seen) and the taste was good. I have been more than pleased with the LifeStraw Personal Water Filter. They are great to bring along for longer trips or emergency situations like earthquake or kits for your car. Buy a couple of these and you don’t have to worry about yours or your family's drinking water in an emergency.