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When you’re away from home but need filtered water for drinking, cooking, or anything else, a portable water filter is a great thing to have on-hand. Whether you want a full pitcher or just a single glass, there are a few different options available to you. From filter pitchers to emergency buckets or LifeStraws, you have some key decisions to make when choosing.

Before deciding which portable water filter you want to buy, think about your specific needs, and that will make your choice even easier. The amount of water you need filtered, the other materials you have at your disposal, and what you plan to use the water for will all help determine which option is right for you.

Here are some of the best portable water filters you can get on Amazon now.

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September 12, 2022

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While DEET products may be more familiar by name and their chemical smell, sprays with 20 percent picaridin, like Sawyer Products, offer comparable protection without the harsh odor and oily feeling on your skin.

Kevin Brouillard
Travel & Leisure


The Sawyer Squeeze was (by far) the most common Pacific Crest Trail water filter this year – for the fifth year in a row. It’s a $39, 3 oz / 85 g hollow fiber filter that rids your drinking water of protozoa and bacteria (and floaties). It can be used with Sawyer bags (included with the filter) or with compatible water bottles (Smartwater is the bottle of choice for many hikers).

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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

Bikepacking Team