It’s summer time! Are you ready to hit the trail?
If you are, then you’ve probably already got your Ten Essentials loaded in your backpack. It’s always recommended that you keep these all-important items in your pack for any hike—from day hikes to long-distance treks. They can help you deal with a variety of contingencies on trail, from minor injuries to sudden storms. They can even help you weather an unplanned overnight outdoors. Here’s our fresh take on the traditional Ten Essentials with our picks for 10 awesome items that are practical for everyday hiking as well as dealing with the unexpected on trail.
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May 6, 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.