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Cheaper Than Dirt! Gift Guide: LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

Blue LifeStraw personal water filter

The LifeStraw personal water filter is perfect for hikers, backpackers, campers, travelers, hunters and survivalists and should be included in every bug-out bag or emergency kit. Awarded the “Best Invention of the Year” from Time magazine, the LifeStraw personal water filter removes nearly 100% of bacteria and parasites. The LifeStraw’s small size and lightweight makes it easy to tote on any adventure. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any unexpected emergency or survival situation. Filter up to 264 gallons of water with this easy to use, personal water filter.

Specifications and Features:

  • Exceeds EPA guidelines for removing E.coli, Giardia and Cryptosporidium
  • Filters up to 264 gallons
  • Filters down to 0.2 microns
  • Weighs 2 ounces
  • BPA-free
  • Easy to clean
  • High flow rate

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Comments (13)

  1. I tried to buy some of these from CTD and the web site came up with a notice that it was illegal to ship these to my address in CA!
    What’s up with that? Illegal???

    1. @ Art.

      It’s because of the Type of Plastic in to Construction of the “Lifestraw”, called LDPE (Low-Density PolyEthylene). Which is Restricted for Usage in California as of November 2009. Article can be Found under the Title of “Berkley Water Filters Cannot Be Shipped to California”…

    2. Secundius,
      Thank you for the explanation – first that I have been able to get. I’ll research some more but right now it makes no sense to me why a product that is OK for use in the rest of the USA would be illegal in the People’s Republik of Kalifornia.

    3. @ Art.

      If I had to Venture a Guess, I suspect the Sewers and Water Filtration Systems of the Water Reservoirs of the City. Where the LDPE Collect and Clog the Systems…

    4. @ jeff.

      I’m not looking for one! I have ALL the Water Purifiers I Need to Last Through Armageddon. Including Two Reverse-Osmosis Systems, one of which is Portable. I was Answering someone else’s question (i.e. Art and Auggie)…

  2. I work in security for persons going into remote and high risk environments, and conduct Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) for the same kind of crowd. I never conduct a briefing or training without recommending that people going into these places take a Life Straw with them.

    If you are in the bush, or in a vehicle that breaks down along a mud rut road, you at least know you will have a reasonably safe source of drinking water. The Life Straw will not filter out everything, but will protect you from the more common contaminants and bacteria. Even if you’re doing nothing else but sitting in a hotel in Nairobi, if you wake up in the night thirsty and have no bottled water you can fill a glass from the tap and drink it through the Life Straw without as much concern that you will get sick.

    And for a $20 investment, why would anyone not take advantage of it?

    1. Thanks for the Info Mikial
      I have been sitting on the fence about the “Straw”
      If you don’t mind what about urban streams & rivers?

    2. @ Auggie.

      Most likely YES! Unless SAID “Streams and Rivers” are Near Industrial Sites, which would Probably Require an “Reverse-Osmosis System”…

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