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11 Best Portable Water Filters & Purifiers of 2023

The best portable water filter is the Sawyer MINI – but there are other systems better suited for different situations. We’ve reviewed them all here.

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, a camper, a hiker, or just someone who loves to explore the world beyond your home, then clean, safe drinking water is an absolute must. When you venture into the wild, there’s no telling what microorganisms might be lurking in the water sources you encounter. That’s where portable water filters come to the rescue, ensuring that your drinking water is pure and free from potential contaminants.

At, we understand the vital role that portable water filters play in your outdoor adventures. In this article, we’ve put our expertise to work and compiled a list of the best portable water filters, all rigorously researched and reviewed by our in-house team, to make sure your next venture outdoors is not just memorable but also safe and worry-free.

We’ve scoured the market to handpick the most capable camping and backpacking water filters that meet the demands of outdoor enthusiasts. In this guide, you’ll find our shortlisted picks, which should provide you with the peace of mind that comes with knowing your water is safe, no matter where your adventures take you.

You can continue reading the complete guide written by Brian Campbell and Jennifer Byrd here.


November 16, 2023

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Water is necessary to all walks of life on our beautiful planet and is something each and every one of us needs to thrive and live healthily. We humans need to be drinking at least 64 ounces of water each and every day!

At we believe everyone should have access to this essential resource. Our mission is to help you find information, products and solutions to address your water quality needs.

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