LifeStraw Water Filters: Get Safe Drinking Water Anytime, Anywhere!

LifeStraw Water Filters: Get Safe Drinking Water Anytime, Anywhere!

Have you ever gone on a long hike or expedition, and you suddenly found yourself running out of water…? If you ever manage to find water along the way, you can absolutely drink it to quench your thirst; however, without proper caution and procedures, such can be a very dangerous act because the water could have been contaminated.

Given such situations, it is of course always best to bring along a water filter and/or purifier — no matter if you’re trekking out in the wild or simply venturing out in foreign cities.

When it comes to some of the ways that you could purify questionable water (such as that in your camping site, your hotel room, etc.), there are pumping filration items, iodine tablets, and the good ol’ boiling method. But my problem with these things is that they are respectively tedious, bad-tasting, and time-consuming.

So when I was given the chance to try out LifeStraw which could potentially answer all of my problems, I was more than willing to give it a try. And after months of trying it out on hikes and even on simple day trips to cities and towns that could possibly have dirty water, guess what…? I fell smitten with it.

Today, LifeStraw has truly become one of my travel essentials!
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LifeStraw

LifeStraw is manufactured by Vestergaard Frandsen, which is a Switzerland-based company specializing in disease control products for developing countries. They are shipped throughout the world to countries in need including Haiti, Pakistan, and Africa.

LifeStraw Filters

» Why I love LifeStraw

  • They have different varieties that are well-made. Not only are they very durable but they are also very easy to clean, store, and use! (It actually has no shelf life, so you can store it indefinitely!) Their main varieties are namely:
    • LifeStraw Personal Water Filter (basic): $19.95 ~ This is made of durable plastic that contains no chemicals, uses no batteries, and is BPA-free.
    • LifeStraw Steel Water Filter: $54.95 ~ Made of food-grade stainless steel that meets the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s regulations and standards. This is almost the same as the basic LifeStraw bit with a msleek steel exterior and 2-stage water filtration process.
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      For this post though, I’ll focus mainly on LifeStraw basic and the Steel version since they’re the most ideal essentials for individual travelers — plus, I’ve already tried and tested both of these items. Nevertheless, below are some other variations that can fit your other kinds of adventures!
    • LifeStraw Go: $28.94 ~ This is basically a basic LifeStraw water filter that is incorporated into a sports bottle so that when you’re on a long hike, for example, and are not sure when you would find a water source again, you can then just easily store the fluids with this thing. (Of course you can just use your own water bottle partnered with the basic LifeStraw).
    • LifeStraw Family 1.0 and LifeStraw Community: $57.96 and $329.95 ~ this is more for large volume water purifications (for expeditions, camping/hiking in groups, communities, etc.with more stringent features like removing viruses.
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  • They are affordable and well-priced with very advanced water filter systems. The most basic of the LifeStraw series can already give you the following benefits:
    • Filters up to 1,000 liters (264 gallons) of water
    • Removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria (>LOG 6 reduction), including E-Coli
    • Removes 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites (>LOG 3 reduction), including Giardia & Cryptosporidium
    • Reduces turbidity (cloudiness or muddiness of water) and particulates (dirt), filtering down to 0.2 microns
    • Does NOT use iodine or iodinized resin and has very high flow rate — this means that it will have no bad aftertaste like what you might normally get from iodine tablets

    Whereas the LifeStraw Steel will give you added features like the following.

    • Reduces chlorine
    • Reduces organic chemical matter (Pesticides, Herbicides, VOC)
    • Meets U.S. EPA drinking water standards
    • A 2-stage water filtration process
      • Hollow fiber membrane: with Lifetime of 1,000 liters (264 gallons) that can do the same functions as basic LifeStraw
      • Activated replaceable carbon capsule: with Lifetime of 100 liters (26 gallons) that reduces chemicals such as chlorine while also reducing organic compounds (including pesticides and herbicides), odor and bad taste.
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  • Great for emergencies and preparedness.
    • For the outdoors: whenever you’re unsure of water safety while camping or hiking, LifeStraw has you covered. (May you be alone or with a big group!)
      NOTE: If you consume a recommended 3-4 liters of water per day while hiking, LifeStraw can last for 250-330 days!!!
    • For travels: there are always those places that can have very unreliable drinking water; so if you’re ever in doubt, use your LifeStraw!
    • For daily life: if ever disaster strikes and your city’s waters get contaminated, a light and easy-to-use water filter like LifeStraw will really come in handy for your grab bag.
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  • Very light and compact for on-the-go adventurers! LifeStraw is smaller than most water filters out there WHILE still offering the same functions. For instance, below are some specifications:
    • The basic one: Length: 9 inches\ Width: 1 inch \ Weight: 2 ounces
    • The steel one: Length: 9 inches \ Width: 1 inch \ Weight: 4.4 ounces
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  • Absolutely instant for use! Boiling water needs time and requires bulky items like a kettle, pan, electric gas, etc. Iodine tablets may be small but it takes time to purify the water. A pump filter works great but it also takes a while to complete its process. So how about LifeStraw? You can use it instantly and quickly! Perfect for when you’re in a rush since you can simply just sip on any water while you’re on the road — and that’s it!
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  • Award-winning and has been used worldwide in harsh conditions since 2005. To streamline it better for you, LifeStraw has been:
    • Used in developing countries to assist the United Nations’ goal of providing clean drinking water to certain communities
    • Named as the ‘Best Invention of 2005’ by Time Magazine
    • Declared by Saatchi and Saatchi Award for winning “World Changing Ideas” in 2008
    • Called as the “Innovation of the Year” by Esquire
    • Mentioned by Forbes as “one of 10 things that will change the way we live”
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  • They “give back”. Whenever you purchase any type of LifeStraw filters, the company uses part of the funds to donate LifeStraw Community items to schools in Africa. Since 2014, they have already provided 316,00 school childrens (or 631 schools) in rural Kenya with safe and drinkable water!
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» The “cons”

LifeStraw is a really great travel product, but of course there are certain downsides to it and I currently see two main “cons”:

  • Even if it is very affordable than most water filters in the market (while still also performing the same function of cleaning out your water), if you purchase the basic LifeStraw, it helps to note that it does not filter chemicals, salt water and viruses. Rest assured, the LifeStraw Steel version can clean out the chemicals! And if you are looking for a high-capacity filter that can remove viruses, the LifeStraw Family 1.0 will be able to do that as it removes 99.999% of viruses in the water!
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  • With this in mind, it helps to take note of where you’re going so that you’ll know what kind of LifeStraw filter that you’re going to bring. The way I see it…
    • If you’re going to hike, for instance, in places located in Northern America and Europe (which generally have bodies of water that have no chemicals or serious contamination), the basic Lifestraw is enough.
    • But for when you’re venturing out to 3rd world countries who have very questionable waters (with potential viruses, human waste, etc.), the Lifestraw Family would work best. When it comes to waters wih some chemicals like chlorine, pesticides and fertilizers, the LifeStraw Steel can already fit your needs too.
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» How to use LifeStraw?

How to Use LifeStrawIt’s very easy! The basic and steel LifeStraw filters are constructed like small tubes and they have specialized filters inside of them. In order to drink safe water, simply place one end in the unfiltered liquid (this can be a river, a puddle, a water bottle, etc.) and then suck the water from the top.

As the name goes, it’s really just like a straw!

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • Before use, uncap the LifeStraw and hold it upright in the water for a minute because this would allow the water to creep up the filters. Do 5 quick ‘sucks’ and then the water should flow through easily. Take note that when you’re drinking from very muddy water, you may have to blow back into the straw from time to time in order to push out the turbidity (particles, mud, etc.) if you feel that the water flow is starting to slow or stops.
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    NOTE: For the LifeStraw Steel, remember to change the carbon capsule every 3 months after first use to ensure that the 1st stage of filtration works well
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  • After 1,000 liters of use, the LifeStraw will stop drawing in water through the filter. You will find out if it has reached this capacity when it’s no longer able to draw in water through the filter. (To extend its life, always follow the instructions on the manual to properly back flush it).
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  • The shelf life: LifeStraw products use mechanical filters to remove contaminants from the water source so there are no chemicals or moving parts involved with the filtering process. This means then that NOTHING will expire.
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  • After every use, just blow the water out of the LifeStraw to clean it. If you’re always drinking from very muddy waters, it’s possible that the LifeStraw will have a shortened lifespan; but if you consistently ensure that you blow out the water after every use, this issue should be mitigated.
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Overall

LifeStraw

The LifeStraw range is truly a great invention and an essential gear (for reasons already mentioned above) — hence, I highly recommend this for your travels. It’s also such an affordable item especially on their most basic kind, so it’s clearly plain to see that it’s a product which is of great value and of which you SHOULD grab!

So what are you waiting for? Come and grab your own LifeStraw filter NOW!

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DISCLAIMER: I received LifeStraw products for free from Eartheasy in return for an honest review. As always, I only recommend and write about brands that I personally use or believe in; therefore all views that are expressed here represent only those made by myself and NOT of any other entity in their favor. [Images from Eartheasy]

How about you?

  • What do you think about LifeStraw water filters?
  • Do you want to own one for your travels and adventures?
  • Why or why not?

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30 comments

  1. Wow, I had no idea things like this even existed. Thanks for all the info. Cool device.

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    1. Glad to have introduced it to you! These kinds of things make travel easier and safer :D

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  2. Some great information! I rarely rough it but for a lot of people I'm sure these come in handy.

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    1. That's for sure! But even without roughing it, Megan, you can already pack LifeStraw on your bag if in case you go to certain cities that have questionable water ;)

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  3. If you're a hiker or outdoorsy type, this is a really great device to have along. It looks so much easier than some of the filtration systems I've seen. Plus it's really small, so easy to pack. Why not be safe and carry it along.

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    1. True that, Laura! Otherwise, even if one isn't outdoorsy, this is a good thing to pack for instances when water in certain cities seem questionable to drink.

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  4. I didn't even know about this invention. This is really a cool invention, a total travel must have.

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    1. I'm glad you agree! This has helped me a lot during my travels :)

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  5. I was thinking of buying a LifeStraw but opted to buy a filter water-bottle with an in-built filter. I think the idea of a LIfeStraw is great but for practicality reasons I prefer to be able to carry a water bottle and drink from it whenever I want to as opposed to having to find a water source somewhere. The pro of having a life straw, is that it takes up way less space which is really handy when you don't have much space in your backpack.

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    1. Hey Tess, actually if you're looking into bringing along a water filter that's attached to a water bottle, LifeStraw has that too and it's called the LifeStraw Go :D

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  6. Thanks for the review - this is such a fantastic idea that many travelers forget or don't even think about when going overseas. And half the time it's not that the water is necessarily dirty or polluted, but just that the chemicals and level of filtration is different to what you're used to at home, so it has the potential to make you sick. I need to grab myself a Lifestraw. Thanks!

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    1. Totally! I'm happy that you see the importance of such an item like this :D It doesn't only help for outdoor treks but even for simple city trips too to areas that don't have great water.

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  7. We have a regular LifeStraw and love it! Would be nice to get the LifeStraw Steel version though--looks like a nice step up! They so nice to have especially for camping trips and being out in nature. I love that they give back to schools in Africa as well!

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    1. I'm glad to hear that you're happy with yours! It really is a great product, and it helps even more that they give back to poor communities :)

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  8. Thanks for information! It looks very useful and the tiny size is really great!

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    1. That's for sure — perfect for travelers and on-the-road people :)

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  9. Wish I had one of these during our trek in the Annapurna in Nepal. We were relying on tablets which alters the flavour a bit. Noted the steel version is good for big hikes :)

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    1. I've used the tablets too before and the taste just really irked me off. I'm so in love with my LifeStraw now :D

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  10. Love my Lifestraw for many of the same reasons you love yours. :) And agreed, for more extensive traveling, it's not practical. We use a serious water filter.

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    1. I'm glad that you love LifeStraw too! For my case though, if I want a serious water filter, I just grab their steel version or the LifeStraw family one (for big hiking/camping trips with others). It helps a lot! :D

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