What Kind of Water Filtration System Do You Need for Camping?
From hand pumps to UV filters, there are a dizzying number of ways to make water safe to drink. Here's how to sort out what you need.
When you’re far from civilization, a reliable water filtration system can be a lifesaver.
That sparkling high mountain stream might look clear and refreshing, but there could be nasty things lurking in it. Microorganisms can cause weeks-long diarrhea and other infections, certainly ruining your trip. Fortunately, camping tech-heads have spent decades perfecting portable water filters to prevent such problems.
Portable water filters are also helpful if a natural disaster strikes, when city water can be temporarily contaminated. We rely on them when traveling to countries where water potability is in question. Closer to home, we also use our jerrycan purifier with campground spigots, just to be sure.
A 20% DEET Premium Controlled-Release Lotion will work well against mosquitoes, but Dr. Zimring says he prefers the 20% Picaridin lotion since it also protects against ticks, gnats, chiggers, and flies. (In both instances, he recommends Sawyer brand.)
Part of spending time outside means battling ticks, mosquitoes, and other biting insects. For this, Nelson swears by permethrin.
And out of the products we tested, Dr. Zeichner highly recommends Sawyer Products 20% Picaridin Insect Repellent.