When heading out on a camping trip, it may be a real inconvenience to have to carry water to the campsite. Camping water filter units are self-contained and are used by recreational camping enthusiasts, military personnel, survivalists, extreme adventurers and others who must get drinking water from untreated sources such as rivers and lakes. The objective of these personal camping water filter devices is to render unchlorinated water potable (that is safe to drink).
Types of camping water filters to quickly convert creek or river water into safe, filtered, drinkable water at your camping site.
Water Purifying Tablets
The least expensive camping water filter treatment and suitable for lightweight backpacking and emergencies. They do not produce the best tasting water and does not remove any sediment. However, they will keep you from getting seriously ill.
Most popular is Katadyn’s MicroPur Tablets which are the only EPA-registered purification tablets on the market that are 100% effective against bacteria, viruses and cysts, including Giardia and Cryptosporidium.
Water Bottles with Filters
Extremely portable camping water filter will make stream and river water drinkable but does not hold much. Katadyn MyBottle Microfilter Bottle is lightweight, has hassle free operation – just fill it up and go, available for $35. Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter, the most rugged has a 20-year warranty, lasts through up to 13,000 gallons of water, comes with a measuring gauge that indicates when you should change the filtering element, usage for 1 to 4 people and weighs in at 20 ounces. Expensive at $225 is chosen by the U.S. military and expeditions due to its extreme durability and dependability and is for those who want the best.
Disposable Water Filters
Typically included in emergency kits this type of camping water filter gives you more filtered volume than what a bottle will hold.The McNett Emergency Water Filter System costs under $10, filters up to 20 gallons of water, extremely lightweight and comes with a full manufacturer’s warranty.
Hanging – Gravity Fed Water Filters
Camping water filter that is ideal for base camps, families, cooking outdoors, showers with longer reliable use. It is a water filter that’s a bag you fill then hang. The water flows via gravity through the filter and the hose. It’s convenient and a lazy way to safe potable drinking water – just fill and hang, no pumping required. Filter rate may be a little slower drip rate, but this type of camping water filter offers volume.
The Katadyn Base Camp Water Filter gets good reviews and is under $60. It filters 200+ gallons of water. Sawyer Just Drink TM Inline Water Filter – under $70 offers size and can be hooked up multiple ways.
Put a straw on both ends and make sure you drink from a stream. Connect it mid-line to a camelback or between two bags and have a gravity filter. Make the top bag a shower bag and have a huge filter that can provide water for the whole camp.
There are many options when buying a camping water filter. For performance and effectiveness of “certified drinking water treatment units” check out the NSF database link above located in the resource section of this site. Your budget and actual needs will determine the camping water filter that is right for you.