The Best Water Filters for Backpacking
A good water filter is essential for backpacking to remote locations. Heading out into the backcountry means you must source your hydration from rivers, lakes, or even dirty ponds. It’s critical that you remove bacteria and protozoa, and you may even want to invest in more premium filters to safeguard against viruses and reduce unwanted chemicals.
If you're backpacking, camping, or otherwise traveling to areas with questionable water supplies, it's wise to take a water filter. They're much lighter than carrying liters of bottled water, fit snugly into your pack, and are healthier for the environment.
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Sawyer Insect Repellent is a versatile picaridin spray recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as safe and effective for most people. Our testers liked the evaporating smell and how the spray feels once it dries.
Insects and arachnids that bite in self-defense instead of to feed -- such as yellow jackets, bees, wasps, hornets, certain ants or spiders -- cannot be repelled with insect repellents.
The number of bug-borne diseases is increasing, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the number of places they're spreading to is also on the rise.
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