Back in January, I wrote about the LifeStraw water bottle I take hiking and backpacking. I find it better than a regular Nalgene because if you run out of water, you can fill it up at any source of running water, and drink clean, filtered water through the integrated LifeStraw filter, which traps bacteria, dirt, and microplastics. The LifeStraw — which you can purchase by itself — is now $12, or 40 percent off.
I think the LifeStraw is a handy piece of gear to keep stashed in your pack — it only weighs two ounces. I used the LifeStraw on a backpacking trip in Patagonia after I’d drunk all of the water I brought. I just stuck the straw into the stream and started sipping through the filter. It’s also a good idea to keep a LifeStraw in your emergency kit. Nettie David from Preppers Survive recommended the LifeStraw in our list of the best items to keep in stock for any emergency.
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