The Best Travel Water Filters for Every Budget – Tested & Ranked
If you’re preparing for an international trip abroad, then a travel water filter or purifier bottle should be at the top of your list of essential packing items.
Not only will you want to avoid getting ill from polluted water sources, but you’re probably also concerned about your environmental impact. A carefully selected water filter can help to solve both of these problems.
But what should you be looking for in a portable water filter and which are the best options on the market?
I’ve personally trialled multiple portable water filtration and purification systems over the past five years of travel in South America and other parts of the world.
As a result, I’ve been able to identify which are the best for international travel and therefore make an excellent investment for your next trip abroad.
September 6, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
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.
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).
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