Guide to Water Purification Straws


Access to clean drinking water is a priority no matter where you are – but can be less of a certainty when traveling through unknown areas, in the wilderness or less developed parts of the world. Water Purification Straws are designed to be small, lightweight and inexpensive. They take up almost no room in the backpack and need only be pulled out when you need it. This post looks at a few different water purification straws.

Good For: Small, cheap and highly portable (travel and backpacking light).

Limitations: Does not remove viruses from water (though this is only an issue in certain areas of the world).

The main things you may need to remove from water is:

  • Bacteria
  • Protozoans
  • Viruses (not a major concern in North America or Europe)

Others things (by removing will improve the drinking experience but are not harmful):

  • Debris/Sediment
  • Unsavory Flavor
  • Unsavory Odor

Note: In very rare cases water may contain chemicals/industrial waste. None of the methods in this post are designed to treat such occurrences. If you find yourself in such as situation, get the hell out of there! and/or drink bottled water.

Aquamira Frontier Emergency Water Filter System

  • Emergency water filter system ideal for hiking, traveling, and emergencies
  • Particle blend removes more than 99.9 percent of cryptosporidium and Giardia
  • Compact body slips easily into a daypack, shirt pocket, or travel bag
  • Single unit filters up to 30 gallons of water; improves tastes and eliminates odors
  • Weighs less than 1 ounce; use in conjunction with treatment drops or tablets for best results

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Aquamira Frontier Emergency Water Filter System

Personal Water Filter Straw

  • Testing shows 99.9999% Reduction of Bacteria, Cysts & Viruses.
  • The Advanced Personal Filter Straw was also tested for removal of Chlorine (99.58%) and Heavy Metals including Aluminum, Arsenic, Cadmium, Copper Lead & Mercury (97.5%).
  • Finally the Advanced Personal Filter Straw was tested for removal of Iodine (91.67%).
  • Ultra Light Weight (1.6 Oz Dry) & Easy to Carry
  • Advanced 6 Stage Filter Technology
  • Easy Back-Flush Cleaning to Extend Filter Life
  • Includes Waterproof Carry Case

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Personal Water Filter Straw Portable


LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

  • Award-winning LifeStraw has been used by millions around the globe since 2005
  • Removes minimum 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria (>LOG 6 reduction) and surpasses EPA standards for water filters
  • Removes minimum 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites (>LOG 3 reduction) and filters to an amazing 0.2 microns
  • Filters up to 1000 liters of contaminated water WITHOUT iodine, chlorine, or other chemicals
  • Comes in a sealed bag, perfect for storing for emergencies

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Aqua Mira Frontier Pro Portable Water Filter

  • Removes>99.9% Cryptosporidium & Giardia
  • Filters water from virtually any container without the need of a pump
  • Filters up to 50 gallons of water
  • Attaches easily to water bottles

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Water Filter System

Lifeline Survival Personal Water Filter Straw

  • Filters and purifies dirty water to produce drinkable water
  • Removes 99.999% of waterborne bacteria and surpasses EPA standards for water filters
  •  5-year shelf life
  • 1000L capacity/product life
  • Convenient easy-carry strap included

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Water filter

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