Boy's Life: Best Water Bottle for a Long Camping Trip
Q: I am going on a long camping trip. What is the best water bottle to bring?
— Andrew, Yorktown, Virginia
A: If you’re car camping with a day hike or two on the schedule, take a look at CamelBak Chute Mag bottles ($15, holds 32 oz., scoutshop.org) or Nalgene bottles ($12, holds 32 oz., scoutshop.org). Both are durable and available in different colors and Scout designs at the Scout Shop.
If you’re venturing into the backcountry with no access to potable water, these bottles will still work fine, but you’ll want to use a filter or purification tablets to avoid getting sick from microscopic contaminants in the water you find. One top option — which is also available at the Scout Shop — is the Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System ($25, scoutshop.org).
You can invest in bottles with convenient built-in filtration systems, like LifeStraw Go ($40, lifestraw.com) or the GRAYL GEOPRESS Purifier ($90, grayl.com). LifeStraw uses a straw filter, while GRAYL uses a cartridge filter that you press water through.
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May 5, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
Fresh drinking water is essential. This water filtration system ensures you will never run out as long as there is a nearby natural water source. It can filter out bacteria, protozoa and microplastics.
Faster and more efficient than pumping or waiting for chemical treatments, the Sawyer Squeeze System offers on-the-go hydration at a good flow. This product is long-lasting, affordable, reliable, cleanable, and very user-friendly.
But Sawyer was way ahead of me — 15 years ahead, to be precise. In 2008, the brand started its Clean Water for All initiative, which provides Sawyer filters to developing countries around the world. And the company spends 90% of its profits funding it.