Water purifciation for your bugout bag

Bugout water
How to select a water filtration system for your bugout bag

When it comes to your bugout bag, you'll want to keep your
pack as light as possible. (Experts recommend your pack is no
heavier than a third of your bodyweight). Since water weighs
down a pack, you'll want to give careful consideration to packing
just the right amount of water in your bugout bag.

Survival expert, Creek Stewart, author of "Build the Perfect
Bugout Bag," pictured right, recommends you bring three liters
of water in three different containers. See the video by clicking
on the Amazon link to the book.


















In his short video, he advises to have redundancy for survival,
and the importance of having water in three separate
containers: a metal container to help you boil, a durable plastic
such as Nagelene bottle and a bladder insert style water
receptacle.

While it's important to carry water for your immediate needs,
it's impossible to carry all the water for your journey, which is
why you'll need to filter your water along the path. Left is a
food-grade silicone, water bottle made of an eco-friendly, soft
material has the rigidity it needs to stand on it's own when it's
full. It's tough and more durable than other collapsible bottles
on the market.

How to select a water filtration system for your bugout bag
Securing potable water will be a major task in the days
following a catastrophe. When selecting a water filtration
option for this task, consider Sawyer, Lifestraw and Aquamira,
along with the more traditional Katadyn water filter.

If you're looking for the perfect water filtration system for your
bugout bag in a long-term scenario, look to the Katadyn water
filter -- a backpackers favorite for both durability and weight. It
filters larger quantities of water (500 gallons of water).

Backpacking and bugout water filter comparison:

  • AquaMira Frontier Emergency Water Filter System
    (filters 30 gallons). The AquaMira  Frontier Emergency
    Water Filter System is a compact and inexpensive water
    filter. At around $10.57, it removes more than 99.9 percent
    of cryptosporidium and Giardia while also helping improve
    water taste and eliminate odors. The filter is also easy to
    operate: just attach and expand the straw, submerge the
    filter end into the water source, and drink through the
    straw. It's just like drinking soda from a cup or bottle! Try
    drinking directly from a water source, such as a stream or
    lake.

  • Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System (filters 100
    gallons). The Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System is
    available in 1-pack, 2-pack or 4-packs to accommodate
    everyone in your party. This high performance water filter
    fits in the palm of your hand, weighs 2 ounces and filters
    up to 100,000 gallons (30 times more than comparable
    filters). For your comfort, Sawyer's product is certified with
    a 0.1 micron absolute filter that removes bacteria and
    protozoa at a higher rate than accepted EPA guidelines!
    The Mini Water Filter is the lightest and most versatile
    personal filtration system from Sawyer. It weighs 2 ounces
    and fits in the palm of your hand. A 2-pack, pictured
    immediate right, is around $39.93 and this includes the
    FREE Shipping.

























  • Lifestraw Water Filter (filters 264 gallons). The filters up
    to 1000 liters of contaminated water WITHOUT iodine,
    chlorine, or other chemicals (or about 264 gallons).
    LifeStraw contains no chemicals or iodinated resin, no
    batteries and no moving parts to break or wear out.
    According to the manufacturer, "LifeStraw filters to 0.2
    microns through the use of hollow-fiber membranes, which
    are small tubes with even smaller pores. These pores allow
    water to pass, but prevent contaminants larger than 0.2
    microns from flowing through. As you get closer to 264
    gallons (1,000 liters), the pores will eventually become
    clogged with debris and the flow will stop."

  • LifeStraw Family 1.0 Water Purifier (filters 4544
    gallons): Consider also the Lifestraw Family Water
    filter, pictured right. This unit purifies 18,000
    liters/4755 gallons WITHOUT iodine, chlorine, or other
    chemicals. The family unit includes a more convenient
    gravity filter: just pour water in the top and clean
    water comes out the bottom!































  • Katadyn Vario Water Filter (filters Up to 500 gallons). If
    you're backpacker or a prepper who wants a good long-term
    solution for your water filtration, pick the classic Katadyn
    water filter, pictured immediate right. The main benefit of
    the Katadyn Vario Water Filter is that it filters water
    extremely fast. It produces up to two quarts per minute in
    the faster flow mode and one quart per minute in longer
    life mode. Best of all, the replaceable carbon core keeps
    water tasting fresh; and reduces chemicals, odors, and
    toxins throughout the life of the cartridge. The adapter
    base attaches directly to water bottles or an output hose
    can be used to fill hydration systems, such as the
    Camelbak or larger containers. (It is available for shipment
    only in the United States.) At around $73.87 and with
    included FREE shipping, this is a top of the line water
    filtration system for advanced backpackers and preppers to
    consider.

Other water filtration options for your bugout bag:

  • Potable Aqua Water Tablets (Iodine). A great backup
    option for the water filter are water purification tablets.
    Iodine tablets are designed to make contaminated water
    suitable for drinkingUnfortunately, the iodine in the tablets
    makes for unappealing water, but for survival it's certainly
    potable! With Potable Aqua, pictured at the top right-hand
    of the page, water is ready within 30 minutes; neutralizes
    iodine aftertaste and color.

  • AquaMira Water Treatment Drops (Chlorine Dioxide).
    AquaMira Water Treatment Drops, pictured at the bottom
    left-hand of the page, kills odor causing bacteria and
    enhances the taste of stored potable water. Made in USA,
    AquaMira water treatment drops kill waterborne pathogens
    better than iodine or chlorine. The drops attack Giardia,
    bacteria, Cryptosporidium, and other contaminants, making
    it safe to travel in remote areas without getting sick, so
    there's no cramping, nausea, or other inconveniences that
    can otherwise stop you in your tracks.

Happy endings...
Stay hydrated and survive! Ensure you have a good filtration
system for your bugout scenario, and make sure to carry a
backup method to collect water and to boil it.

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