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Beamklamp 11-26-2012 12:01 AM

Travel Water Purification
 
International Travel means moving through many an airport.
Any suggestions or experience with purification tablets for on the go?

Two Wheeled 'Tard 11-26-2012 04:26 AM

I personally avoid the tablets unless you're packing them away for a dire emergency. They taste like ass and I've got reservations about drinking that much chlorine (or bromine).

I carry one of these on my motorcycle trips, as well multi-night backcountry camping hikes. It'll easily provide enough water for a few people for drinking and cooking, and the price isn't too bad.

http://www.rei.com/product/830746/ka...r-water-filter

ferrol 11-26-2012 05:18 AM

Stick any chemical water treatments in your check in lungague to be safe. As long as its not carry on you should be fine.

Don't forget you maybe able to buy some when you reach your destination, or you can post them to yourself when you get over there if you are worried?

My expereince has been fine, checked in, no issues.

oj may 11-26-2012 08:00 AM

Steri Pen is light and packable.

eddie bolted 11-26-2012 08:02 AM

If you use chlorine tablets do yourself a favor and mix in kool aid or Mio or some type of flavor

GHO100 11-26-2012 11:59 AM

Used one of these on my recent trek in Nepal:

http://www.vestergaard-frandsen.com/lifestraw

When the water wasn't frozen, it worked great!

High Country Herb 11-26-2012 12:08 PM

I also like filtration rather than treatment. I use one of these. Fill it up, and you've got flowing clean water. The whole thing rolls up about the size of a bottle of soda. If you are filtering tap water, the filters last a long time. Scummy stagnant pond water plugs the filters more quickly, but still tastes fine.

http://www.rei.com/product/737349/ka...p-water-filter

thumperbuddy 11-26-2012 02:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by High Country Herb (Post 20121058)
I also like filtration rather than treatment. I use one of these. Fill it up, and you've got flowing clean water. The whole thing rolls up about the size of a bottle of soda. If you are filtering tap water, the filters last a long time. Scummy stagnant pond water plugs the filters more quickly, but still tastes fine.

http://www.rei.com/product/737349/ka...p-water-filter

The katydyn base camp is a nice filter, but for backpacking I prefer the Platypus GravityWorks system. It's lighter and has a faster flow rate of 4 liters in 2 minutes.

thumperbuddy 11-26-2012 02:24 PM

And yes, I also carry a frontier filter straw for backup. $9.97 at cheaperthandirt.com.

SgtDuster 11-26-2012 02:34 PM

Traveling means clear water, right? Steri-Pen all the way then!

No bad taste (at least not more than the water itself), easy, fast, convenient.



Muddy water from an unknown source in deep forest is different story but tap water, even in the worst country in the world, is kinda easy to treat.

anotherguy 11-27-2012 04:53 AM

I use filtration as well. I've had a Sweetwater (before they were bought by MSR) for 10 years of infrequent use but it's never failed and is small and light. FIlters are kinda pricey,especially if you buy for viruses.


YOUNZ 11-27-2012 05:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Two Wheeled 'Tard (Post 20118516)
I personally avoid the tablets unless you're packing them away for a dire emergency. They taste like ass and I've got reservations about drinking that much chlorine (or bromine).

I carry one of these on my motorcycle trips, as well multi-night backcountry camping hikes. It'll easily provide enough water for a few people for drinking and cooking, and the price isn't too bad.

http://www.rei.com/product/830746/ka...r-water-filter

Good to know we have someone onboard that knows what ass tastes like.:lol3 I only know how to act like one!

Wlfman 11-27-2012 05:40 AM

I use a Katadyn Hiker Water Filter. Small light weight and easy to use. Filters to .3 Microns and has an adapter that fits my Naglene Bottle.

I carry the tablets strictly as an emergency backup. As others have said water that's treated with the tablets taste HORRIBLE.

http://www.rei.com/product/830746/ka...r-water-filter
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zito 11-27-2012 10:21 AM

When i buy a water filter im buying a sawyer point zero two system. Filters at .02 microns, removes everything except disolved chemicals and heavy metals and radiation. Why screw around with systems that only filter .2-.3 microns, might as well as use a wash cloth as a filter.

Motomedic 11-27-2012 12:47 PM

I have a Katadyn filter system, for many years now.

When I was in the Black Hills, I ran into a BLM ranger, living out of his truck monitoring a logging operation. He had a Sawyer Squeeze system:

http://www.rei.com/pix/common/pixel.gifhttp://www.sawyer.com/images/SP131.jpg

My Katadyn was in box heading home a few days later. :evil

Much easier to use than the old pump, weighs nothing and I've pulled water out of creeks and rivers since then, with no ill effects. I suppose one could add a Steri-pen or buy the fancier Sawyer if you were traveling outside the US, but apparently we have VERY few issues with viruses here in the States.


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