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The thing about preparation is that it must be done ahead of time. You can’t prepare in the moment. When emergencies occur, they often catch people off-guard and completely unprepared. That’s the last situation you want to find yourself in; unprepared in an emergency.

One of the most important needs in an emergency is clean and safe water. More than just for hydration, it can be used for cleaning, cooking, and so many other things. But if you don’t have a means of producing clean water, you may be out of luck.

Luckily, plenty of water filters today are perfect to keep in case of emergencies. But they come in a lot of shapes, sizes, and types, with varying prices. We wanted to know which ones we could trust in an emergency, so we tried out as many as we could find. The following eight reviews will share what we learned and compare some of the best options to determine which ones you can put your faith in.

1. Sawyer Products SP128 MINI Water Filtration System – Best Overall

An emergency filter needs to be reliable, easy to store, and versatile enough to adapt to changing situations and needs. The Sawyer MINI exceeds all these qualifications at a price that’s affordable enough for everyone. At less than six inches long and a mere inch wide, the MINI really earns its name. It weighs in at a meager two ounces. It’s small and light enough to pack into any emergency kit, glove compartment, backpack, or even just carry in your pocket.This filter will last for 100,000 gallons with no expiration date. It’s also backed by a lifetime guarantee, so it’ll be with you for good and can be relied on when it counts. It’s also very versatile, with numerous uses. You can drink straight through it by attaching a straw to one end. Alternatively, you can screw it onto a water bottle or even attach it in-line with a hydration bladder or gravity-fed system. But it works best when used with these included attachments, which then must be stored with it. Overall, this is the best water filter for emergency preparedness we have reviewed this year.

Are you interested in learning more about the best water filters for emergency preparedness? Read the complete artile by Pete Ortiz here


May 8, 2022

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SAWYER MINI WATER FILTER, $22 This has been my water filter of choice for years now. The bags can be iffy — I have had a few break – so carry a couple. However, the filter itself is reliable, light and inexpensive. -Logan

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