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Old 11-26-2012, 12:01 AM   #1
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Travel Water Purification

International Travel means moving through many an airport.
Any suggestions or experience with purification tablets for on the go?
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Old 11-26-2012, 04:26 AM   #2
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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
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:18 AM   #3
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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.
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:00 AM   #4
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Steri Pen is light and packable.
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:02 AM   #5
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If you use chlorine tablets do yourself a favor and mix in kool aid or Mio or some type of flavor
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:59 AM   #6
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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!
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:08 PM   #7
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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
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Old 11-26-2012, 02:23 PM   #8
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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.
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Old 11-26-2012, 02:24 PM   #9
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And yes, I also carry a frontier filter straw for backup. $9.97 at cheaperthandirt.com.
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Old 11-26-2012, 02:34 PM   #10
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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.
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Old 11-27-2012, 04:53 AM   #11
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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.

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Old 11-27-2012, 05:30 AM   #12
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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. I only know how to act like one!
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Old 11-27-2012, 05:40 AM   #13
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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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Old 11-27-2012, 10:21 AM   #14
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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.
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Old 11-27-2012, 12:47 PM   #15
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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:



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

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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