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My portable water purifier for travel.

Updated on May 17, 2014

I've been to a lot of places around the world and the single most important item in my travel bag is not a camera - but a water filtration device.

There are so many reasons why a water purifier for travel is a vital piece of gear that it would take a whole book to list them all. Here are my three main reasons:

  1. Convenience: safely drink tap water all around the world.
  2. Money: fill your own water bottles instead of buying (lots of savings on longer stays)
  3. Hike anywhere: safely drink water from any stream, lake, and even rain pools.

One of the worst things that can happen when you are traveling is getting sick from contaminated water. It can get you stuck in a local hospital for the duration of your stay - instead of enjoying your trip. Water transmitted disease can also be potentially lethal.

For me, the small cost and size of a portable water filter for travel like the Sawyer Mini makes it a no-brainer to always have one with you.

During my recent trip to Mallorca we spent some time trekking in the northern mountains near Formentor. Finding streams was pretty easy in this area but we were well aware of the many sheep and goats that graze here here. Water contamination from animal droppings (livestock and wild) is a surefire way to ruin your vacation!

While it is easy to find shops to buy bottled water on Mallorca, it isn't something you want to carry with you while climbing. Even if you have a Camelback, you can only carry a limited amount. Drawing water from a stream and purifying it on the run made all the difference!

Katadyn 8014931 Vario Dual Technology Microfilter Various Patterns
Katadyn 8014931 Vario Dual Technology Microfilter Various Patterns

Highly rated portable water filter. Make two quarts of pure water a minute.

MSR MiniWorks EX Microfilter Water Filter
MSR MiniWorks EX Microfilter Water Filter

The MSR water filter is one of the most popular for longer outdoor activities. Includes carbon filtration.


The official presentation video of the Mini Filter by Sawyer

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Trail near Cap de Formentor on Mallorca, April 2014.
Trail near Cap de Formentor on Mallorca, April 2014.

Have you considered carrying a small water filter instead of buying all your travel water?

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