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What is the Best Water Purifier for Backpacking?

One of the most overlooked parts of any good outdoor gear list is one’s water purifying system. Without a solid water purifying system, one can easily expose themselves to a whole host of diseases, thanks to the little pathogens floating around in natural water sources.

When you’re out and about in the wilderness, you need to be self-sufficient when it comes to water. Spending quality time outdoors is all about being self-reliant on your own skills and equipment when you’re far from the big city.

Luckily, a good water purifying system can protect you from what can turn into a serious illness when you’re in the backcountry. However, with so many options out there for water purifiers, it’s understandable if you’re a little bit overwhelmed.

That’s why we’ve put together our list of the 10 best water purifiers for backpacking, complete with reviews of the ten best models around so you can find the one that’s right for your needs. Let’s get to it!

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July 8, 2022

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  • Father of two boys, Jake and Josh.
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Sawyer Products Mini Water Filtration System -- You want to fill up your tub and sinks before a hurricane to help ensure you have water for cleaning dishes and flushing the toilet. This water purifying system can filter out 99.99% of bacteria in up to 100,000 gallons of water so you have clean drinking water as well.

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