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One of the first things newbie preppers do is get themselves set up with water.  In my own case, I purchased a 55 gallon water barrel and lots of bottled water and indeed, this set the groundwork for moving forward not only with my own preparedness activities but with Backdoor Survival as well.

Fast forward a few years and a lot of research later, and I now know that having stored water is not enough.  An essential component of every family preparedness plan should be a simple, non-mechanical method of purifying water whether at home or in a bug-out-situation.

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Today, as part of the BDS Winter Blast Giveaway, I am thrilled to tell you about the Lifestraw Family 1.0 and also, in conjunction with BDS  sponsor EarthEasy.com,  give one away to a lucky reader.

What is the Lifestraw Family 1.0?

The short answer is the LifeStraw Family 1.0  is the grown-up version of the LifeStraw Personal Water Filter.  By grown-up I mean larger and with the capacity to filter water into a storage container.

A personal Lifestraw is great for one-on-one drinking water but for cooking, bathing and other activities, it is useless.  Filtering systems such as the Berkey (which I adore!) work perfectly in this situation but if you must leave your home for parts unknown, carting a big Berkey on your back is not likely to be high on your priority list.

The LifeStraw Family is perfect. It is lightweight, portable and a cinch to use.

A Cinch to Use?  Tell Me More

A detailed manual comes with the LifeStraw Family but to get started, all you need to do is follow the instructions on the outside of the bag.  In the simplest of terms, here is what you do:

Take the LifeStraw Family out of the bag.

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Hang it up on a hook or a tree branch or anything really.  You want the hose to hang straight and without any kinks that will impede the flow of water.

Pour water into the feed bucket.

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Prime the filter by letting water out of the red spout for a about 10 seconds.  Close the red valve.

Open the blue spout and you are good to go.  You now have pure, clean, drinkable water.

When done (typically at the end of the day), backwash by squeezing the red backwash bulb 3 times with both taps closed.

The feed bucket holds about 2 liters of water.  I used raw, non-potable from the pump outside my front door and was able to filter 4 liters of water in  about 20 minutes. The stated flow rate is 9 to 12 liters per hour so my experience tracked well with LifeStraw Family specifications.

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How Does It Work

Technically, this is how it is explained on the Eartheasy.com website:

LifeStraw Family uses advanced hollow fiber technology. Water is forced through narrow fibers under high pressure. Clean water exits through tiny pores in the walls of the hollow fibers, but bacteria, viruses, protozoa and other contaminants are trapped inside the hollow fibers and are flushed out by backwashing. This is a highly efficient method of filtration.

Other specs:

  • Filters up to 4,750 gallons or 18,000 liters of water to 0.02 microns (20 nm)
  • Removes minimum 99.99% of viruses (>LOG 4 reduction)
  • Removes minimum 99.9999% of bacteria (>LOG 6 reduction)
  • Removes minimum 99.9% of protozoan cysts (>LOG 3 reduction)
  • Requires no electrical power, batteries, or replacement parts
  • Requires no running water or piped-in water supply
  • Flow-rate of 9-12 liters/hour

One thing I want to point out is that the feed bucket includes an inner, removable filtering basket that pre-filters your dirty water.  Stones, clumps of dirt, leaves,, bugs, worms and other nasties will get caught in this basket.  Okay, maybe not worms but you never know.

Note:  The LifeStraw Family 1.0 will not filter out chemicals. It will only filter out bacteria, protozoa or viruses. The hollow fibre membrane filter will remove those elements, not heavy metals or chemicals.

The Giveaway

Now for the part you have been waiting for!  One lucky reader will win a free LifeStraw Family 1.0.  In order to win, I would like you think about the following question.

How will a LifeStraw Family fit into your overall water storage strategy?

As with all Backdoor Survival giveaways, the goal is to make you think.  There is no right and no wrong answer; I simply want you to get used to thinking outside the box so that you stay on top of your game, mentally.

To enter the giveaway, you need to answer this question by responding in the comments area at the end of this article. The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific on Thursday with the winner notified in the following Sunday Survival Buzz.

Note: If you are reading this article in your email client, you must go to the Backdoor Survival website to enter this giveaway in the comments area at the bottom of the article.

The Final Word

I plan on leaving my Lifestraw Family 1.0 in my car.  That way I will have it with me whenever I am away from home.  It is light enough that I can strap it to my bug-out-bag and portable enough that I can run to the car and get it if bugging in.

So what do you think?  Would you like to win a LifeStraw Family?

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Clean, Drinkable Water – LifeStraw Family Review — 223 Comments

  1. the lifestraw would work perfectly in a SHTF situation for me- I live near a small creek that flows all the time , but I would never drink the water without filtering it. I also have to take care of 2 elderly parents-my stepfather is totally bedridden, and the straw would be perfect for leaving with my mother to filter their drinking water.- My son could even do it for them when I am busy dealing with the hundreds of other issues that always seem to pop up.It would give me a little peace of mind when dealing with one facet of TSHTF scenario.The portability would mean one less large item to move, if necessary.

  2. The lifestraw family would fit into my plan by allowing plenty of clean, filtered water for my family. I have rain barrels that can supply the water and this would be the perfect way to filter out the water so that we could drink it or use for cooking.

  3. I’ve made emergency bags for each one of my families members vehicles that include life straws ,but now I’m considering replacing them with the Lifestraw Family version .
    I’ve also been planning on filtering my rain and city water for my organic urban garden this spring and this filter would work good !
    Thank you for all the valuable information you share with us !
    db

  4. In an emergency situation, my water supply will be a spring that flows year round on our property. The LifeStraw 1.0 would allow me to use that water with confidence, knowing that no nasties are lurking there. (OK maybe worms)

  5. I consider safe water to be foremost in any critical county emergency and I know LifeStraw products provide the highest cost to benefit ratio after comparing all realtive products in this life-or-death catagory.

    gt V

    Problems are merely opportunities to make decisions. If it comes to that….this will help.

  6. With Prepping for any kind of emergency, I know clean water is the MOST important and vital component in any emergency situation, more important than food ultimately, as dirty, bacteria infected water can kill no matter how clean it looks or how carefully I prepare it. With this Lifestraw Family would give me peace of mind for all my cooking and washing needs. I have the Lifestraw for my husband and myself but this Family version is a God send!

  7. Living in Florida of course there are fresh water lakes and lagoons everywhere you look but none potable. The LifeStraw family would give us peace of mind during the all to often electric and water outages brought on by hurricanes. Soon I’ll have to purchase an additional hard drive to store all the vital information in BACKDOORSURVIVAL news letters.

    Thank You, so much!

  8. I have orthopedic issues and anything that would make life a little easier in an already difficult world
    would be greatly appreciated. I currently have a limited supply of water in 2 liter bottles and this would
    expand my possibility of other sources of this part of this whole preparedness picture. Thanks for the
    opportunity to win ( or buy).

  9. I have a large amount of water stored but let’s be honest, unless you have an outside source of water eventually your storage will run out. I have the personal LifeStraw and I have the LifeStraw Go water bottle but would love to have something that would filter more water than just for personal use. This is a perfect for that purpose and yet still portable.

  10. In most areas there is water everywhere, swimming pools, rain barrels, ponds, creeks and lakes. When bugging out water is heavy but carrying some is a necessity. But a good method of filtering large amounts of water fast when traveling with my family is a requirement to replenish supplies. It is also ideal for use when settling into a new location a long term. The LifeStraw Family would be a great addition to my family’s resource kit.

  11. The key feature of Lifestraw Family is its lightweight and portablity which would be crucial in a bug out situation. I have used the personal lifestraw and it is great so I have to beleive this is another quality product from this manufacturer.

  12. I currently have 3 55 gallon food safe plastic barrels set up as rain catches under down spouts at three corners of my house. The life straw would be a perfect way to purify this water as it is collected instead of purifying it small batches at a time as i need it! I would rig these to the rain water down spouts so that every drop of water that is collected in the storage drums is 100% safe to drink and consume. Then cover it up and store in my food storage area to have clean drinking water when SHTF. I would also have a couple un-used to carry with me and to purify more water later if i run out or if something unexpected or nasty happens to my previously stored and purified water.

  13. I bought some of the personal LifeStraws when they went down to $20 on Amazon but you are right, there is not a good way to filter any decent quantity of water. A LifeStraw Family is on my list of Things To Get before the 55 gallon drums since you can filter much more water than you can store for the same price.

  14. I have a 1000 gal. water tank and many water containers plus a natural spring on my property.
    But you can never trust it will be drinkable in an emergency. So any and all water purifiers that you can get hold of is desired and needed. Plus you never know when you may be away from your safe area when things happen.
    I would keep one in my main vehicle at all times, that way I would know where to get it in emergencies. The LifeStraw is one of the better portables out there to have.
    Dene K.

  15. I have a water bob from some years back (we live near coastline where hurricanes are a yearly risk) and several water filters. Manufactured the DIY Berkey 5 gallon bucket (2 black filters), but do not have anything that is portable like you said initially, except for person ‘Life Filter’ type of units. This one sounds really good – thanks for the offer.

  16. The Lifestraw 1.0 is one of two primary filtration systems for my family, the other being a Katadyn Drip Gravidyn unit. Why two systems? A saying from my time in the military comes into play: “Two is one, and one is none.” I’ve also gotten three of the basic Lifestraws for use by my wife, daughter, and I if we’re ever away from home. We have a major river about a mile away.

  17. Great review! You addressed all the major questions. You either did a really good job or this is a really good product, I’m guessing both. It is perfect timing for us. We have personal life straws, stored water and rain barrels but were researching the next step to make that potable. Thanks for the chance to win and for all your work helping us research the vital tools.

  18. I have a spring about 1/2 mile away I can get to if need be but would be nice to have this filtration for that water instead of just boiling, I have 2 55 gal rain barrels that the water should be filtered as well. This would be great as an addition for the car bug out bag.

  19. For the last few days I have been thinking about building a water filter! This would sure be a lot less work and will filter better than any home brew filter.

  20. There is a bayou about 30 minutes walking distance. This filter should work great with water hauled from there. Also, rainwater caught from the gutter downspout could be filtered through this device.

  21. This is what I have been looking for. I have a few of the drinking straws, but was looking for something that would help in producing a larger quantity of potable water. We are building a cabin that will be off grid. Getting water to cabin is not possible though there is a small lake about a half mile away. All water would have to be carried in. With this system, rain water will be the best source. In process of purchasing a couple now.

  22. Our well provides wonderful, delicious water, but the electric well pump means no power, no water. We have several streams nearby, one that is easy to reach, and this filter would make it easy to have plenty of clean drinking water when the power goes out.

  23. We desperately need a filtration device in our preps … I hope to purchase some this year. This would get us started. Thank you for all you do – I enjoy reading your works.

  24. This Lifestraw would fit perfectly in the survival kit I am compiling for my daughter, her husband and my 2 grandchildren. There is a pond quite close to their house and they could use this to sanitize that water.

  25. I plan to use it just as you suggested, as I can not carry the BB with us. I would use it for the bug out scenario and possibly also for camping. And I also liked the idea of using with our rain barrel.
    THanks!

  26. We get a lot of rain and recently SNOW here, and we plan on using a rain collection system, in the winter we’d melt snow…the downside is we have animals EVERYWHERE and trees, and stupid black walnuts…ugh! Anyway, collecting in these ways usually means you’re going to get dirty “stuff”. This seems very a simple way to filter, and portable enough to move from house to barn (for the animals). A big Berkey would be a wonderful think, but unaffordable at the moment, and rather cumbersome.

  27. I would like one for ‘just in case’ use. I have been unable to determine if these would have helped the people in West Virginia who had their water contaminated by the ‘coal washing’ chemicals? Anyone care to comment?

  28. This would not only be great for a larger family bugging out, but also would be very helpful when you are bugging in because the only issue is water due to a main break and it not being reliable anymore. Of course you could use water from other backup plans, but when it drags on for days it would come in very handy.

  29. Having the Lifestraw 1.0 would be a perfect addition for our bug-out preps. Living in a high wildfire hazard area, and having had to evacuate before, it would be a great lightweight, mobile, easy-to-use option. I can keep it in my truck without using up too much space, so it would be ready to go in a minutes notice. With wildfires, sometimes that’s all you get!

  30. I’m fairly.new to prepping, but having the Life Straw Family 1.0 would help me be prepared in case the water supply was interrupted. I have a stream nearby that could supply me with water, but living in a big city, I would not trust it to be safe to drink. Whenever my supply of stored water ran out this would be a Godsend to access additional water. Thank you for this contest and for all your articles on preparedness.

  31. I like the fact that you can filter larger quantities into a container for cooking. I would filter lake or river water in a bug out situation.

  32. Being inside the city limits, I am lucky to be able to set up rain collection barrels. In order to make the water safe, I will distill the water. With the lifestraw family. I will be able to have clean drinking water more immediately as distilling takes time.

  33. One for the bugout bag, one for the house, one for the retreat location, one for each of our married children… I could go on and on. I get so excited over new and truly practical prepping items like this. Gotta have it!

  34. This would come in handy to have in my car or use as a backup filter in my RV. In the event that the electric pump would fail, I could go to the river that is close and filter that water.

  35. Right now, we have water stored (a couple of 55 gallon barrels and a couple of 30 gallon barrels, plus bottled water). I also have bleach to purify water, but I’ve been thinking about getting a life straw or water bottles that have filters. I think a life straw would be easier if we were on the go, as we could drink out of almost any water source.

  36. Emergency water for emergency situations. Anything from water main break to SHTF. We also live in tornado alley in Kansas. Never know. Prepare.

  37. That is just too wonderful! It is perfect to put in my bag. This would be supper for camping even when not an emergency. Great improvement over lugging those five gallon containers. Hang it up and use local water source.

  38. This would be a back up to stored bottled water and rainwater harvested in barrels. There is a pond nearby so this would be great to filter water from it.

  39. I have a family of 5 and several ways to purify water but all take time. This would allow me to provide more safe water quicker and for all. Thanks.

  40. We have a river near us that will be our source of water in a SHTF situation. The Lifestraw Family would be perfect for filtering our water. I really like the fact that you will not need replacement filters every six months like my Katadyn Drip Gravidyn.

  41. This makes me really think about what I would do in a SHTF situation. I dont have much of a stock of water, and there is no creek or river near me. There is a lake not too far away, so it would help to filter the water really fast. It really makes me want to get my butt in gear.

  42. How will a LifeStraw Family fit into your overall water storage strategy?

    Water storage is a problem of space for us. Having a way to filter water from other sources would be a great help.

  43. What I like about Lifestraw Family is its lightweight and portablity which would be crucial in a bug out situation. I have used the personal lifestraw and it is great so I have to beleive this is another quality product from this manufacturer. Two is one, one is none

  44. When I first read about the LifeStraw on this site, I knew it was a very necessary item to have for when TSHTF. I have a few individual LifeStraws, but definitely not enough for all of us, the children and grandchildren. I am the only one in our family who believes we need to be prepared, so I am unable to have enough water “sitting around”. I have been concerned about having enough water for washing and cooking (I dehydrate fruits and vegies for long-time storage and so need water in order to use them). LifeStraw Family would be a life-saver.

  45. I think this would be a perfect addition for our family preps. I may have to look into getting several of them, as its only good for about 3 years which in the short term is alot of time for my family of 5. We live next to a large lake which would definitely need filtering should our stored water run out or our well become compromised in a SHTF situation. Even the children could easily use this item. It would also be reasonably portable should we need to bug out.

  46. This would enable me NOT to have to dig a new well for a manual pump. I have a nice 3 season stream fed by several springs not too far from the house.

  47. We have stored water and a well and LifeStraws in our BOB’s. LifeStraw Family would allow us to help other members of our family that are not as prepared, if we were to have to bug out.

  48. This LifeStraw Family would be great addition for my home use with the spring and/or creek in my backyard or on the go when the water supply is unknown.

  49. I live in az and have a pool, this would make the pool water usable for drinking. It filters quite a bit of water pretty fast,too.

  50. I have the personal Lifestraws and having a family one would be a another source of getting clean pure water in an emergency fro more people than my own…Thanks…

  51. Currently I have several cases of bottled water, quite a few gallon jugs of water and two filters that can fit in my BOB. These filters are used in third world countries. I plan to purchase some Life straws and the family size one would be perfect to have as well. Water barrels are on the ASAP list. You have to have multiple ways to purify water, cook, etc. There is no one size fits all, so I research as much as possible, look at reviews from other people, book mark it on Amazon and wait for the price to come down. I know my daughter and her family will end up with us and our preps, so I keep adding extra. There is a stream close by and a river less than a mile from my house. I just need a wagon to go fetch with.

  52. The Lifestraw 1.0 would be a must for our bugout site. There is a water source there, but it is not potable. We have personal Lifestraws, but for long term and with 4 of us, the 1.0 would be necessary to provide the potable water we would need for a an on-going long-term basis. It would be stored at our bugout site.

  53. It will be our first step toward filling the need for water if/when things go very wrong in our world. This with rain barrels off the shop roof will start my water storage capability.
    Thanks for the chance at a great filter system.

  54. I currently have 1 personal life straw. Although we have 8 people in my household. The family life straw would allow all eight of us to be assured of drinkable water in the event of a disaster. I am going to continue to acquire 7 more personal straws as money allows. Then if not lucky enough to be this winner I will purchase the life family. We range form 4-85. 4 year old and the 85 year old has heart issues so having good clean drinkable water is very important to them. Thank you for the opportunity.

  55. How will a LifeStraw Family fit into your overall water storage strategy?

    I have purchased the small individual LifwStraw for my wife and myself. But really could use the bigger more with my rain barrels. We are getting along in years and it appears not to be to heavy for us to use. We are on a fixed income so getting a Free one would be great.

    Thanks for the chance to win a Free one.

    George

  56. How will a LifeStraw Family fit into your over all water storage strategy?

    Would keep it in our auto. But would also be available as extra if needed at the house.

  57. I purchased a personal Life Straw last spring for my brother for his birthday. I would be very interested in the family Life Straw. All of us (Mom, brother and I) are in wheelchairs, so plan to bug in if and when the time comes. We live out in the boonies in a county forest and near a small lake. So finding water I don’t think will be a problem, but finding drinkable water might be challenging. This would be great for us. I hope I win and thank you Gaye for all of the opportunities to win fabulous products.

  58. We store some water (55 gallon drum, 5 gallon water fountain jugs) and have a WaterBob and more collapsible jugs for problems, like hurricanes, which give some notice.

    However, in anything more than a very short term emergency we will need to filter more water and so will our neighbors. There are several swimming pools in walking distance, so we have a couple filters, including one LifeStraw Family. Another would be a great addition as it would allow us to help more people- and there are plenty of people who will need the help.

  59. The lifestraw would be such a blessing to my family. I have a creek in the back of my house but no way to filter the water if it’s needed. Water filtration is a much needed addition to my prepping and this would definitely give me peace of mind.

  60. We have numerous underground Springs in our area, but due to the use of Septic Sprayers, the water is marginally safe at best. By using a LifeStraw, we would be able to tap into this additional resource if needed. We have been able to drive a PVC pipe into one of the Spring holes to use as irrigation for our small garden. Not enough pressure to push it farther up the hill though. The LifeStraw would our best resource due to its portability and ease of use.

  61. I live in a rented basement suite with very limited space. I keep about 10 days water supply on hand but have no means of getting more if city water goes down except rainfall (plentiful where I live). Right now that water would have to be boiled. The Lifestraw Family 1.0 would be a much better solution and is small enough that I could store it easily.

    • Boiling is not enough for some situations and in WVA it would have caught the water on fire this past week! Backdoor Survival has many wonderful ideas! If you wish to do even further research than what is here try MARYsCORNERS on FB. Some of the ideas there are from Backdoor Survival and some are from other sites. If there was NO choice or all of the stored water had been used for those involved in the WVA situation; and there was absolutely NO snow nor rain or other water source then doing every solitary one of the water purification techniques upon both sites would have been the only option; however, each technique would have been done several times and the water would have been lit to burn off the petrochemicals plus it would have sat out for as long as possible. One can basically only live 3 days without any fluid intake, less if they are severely dehydrated already. This LIFESTRAW Family unit is perfect to have water for storage go through it Before putting the water into the very very clean water storage units or bottles. Even in apartments and “basement suites” there are still more options for water storage than one thinks!

  62. our water comes from a well but if the power goes out and the generator back up fails, I would get water from the ditch out front. Know that the sheep up the road go through this water before it gets to me, would love to have the filter!

  63. Wow, this would be a blessing. I’ve been cramming my brain with research on water filters. We are close to a creek and in emergency could use this water. I save water in bottles but would love to run it through this to be safe after it sits for so long.

  64. As our home water source is a rainwater catchment cistern, this would serve as a great backup to our Berkey. Also a lot more portable when we go camping (i.e. Bugout practice)

  65. The life straw 10 family set up would add to my water plan by allowing us to filter and use the many rain water barrels at our home as more than just a grey water supply.

  66. I have the Lifestraw and I carry it in my pack when hunting. This new filter would work great as an addition to my camping supplies, as well as having one at home for SHTF situations, so I have a way to filter water in camp and more than just what I want to drink “on the go”

  67. With 7 people in our family, water storage is humongous. What easily would work for friends for a weeks worth of storage barely scratches the surface for us.

  68. would be part of my EDC bag in my car… good start to plan on building collection system with bigger capacity water filtering.

  69. The amount of water needed in a SHTF situation for our large family is mind boggling. This filter system will go a long way to allow us to use the water that we have stored for drinking and cooking in the event our well doesn’t work.

  70. A good backup once the water storage is depleted. I would first use a water catchment system then filter through the Lifestraw Family unit. Great giveaway! :)

  71. I have been saving for a Berkey but still am a loooong ways off from affording one. This LifeStraw Family unit would be ideal to get us through until we get a Berkey, as well as an at-the-ready BOB essential! I like your idea of keeping it in the car!

  72. This would be a great starting point for my early prepping stages. The simple set up and to use this device would be great for my family planning. I know I need to increase my prepping knowledge and sharing this knowledge with my family.

  73. Living in Earthquake Country (California) we always need to consider what the best emergency survival techniques are — food, water, etc. It would be a definite improvement to what we have now, which is just a barrel of water in the garage.

  74. I’m new to prepping. I have some food stored and just yesterday was talking to my hubs about buying and storing water for our family. Like they say, the time to prepare for a tornado is before happens :o) I’d love to have one of the lifestraws for my family.

  75. As you never know when even a clean/safe water supply may become contaminated, it is always advisable to have a way to quickly filter it.

  76. This would be so perfect for me as I live in an apartment with limited storage. I can only store 4-24pks of water at a time.

  77. I am not too far from the river if I run out of clean water, and would much prefer to filter it before cleaning up! This looks handy!

  78. I live rural with both an operation deep well and city water. In case of extended loss of electric power, neither city water or the well pump will operate. I have a small well bucket and sufficient rope to pull water from the well, but without filters, it is only marginally safe to drink. I would use the Family 1.0 Lifestraw to ensure the safety of the well water or water from our 55 gal water barrel from the rain downspouts not only for ourselves but our neighbors as well.

  79. Life in suburbia is fairly crowded. My current supply of 50+ gallons does not have too much room for growth so filtration systems that store well, such as this would be a solution to several issues.

  80. Living in Fl, we have experienced times where water is contaminated or unavailable from the tap. We are aware of its importance. We need to have a family water filtration like the family 1.0 lifestraw. So, I hope we win it.

  81. I have a few LifeStraw Personal water filters and cases of bottled water, but the LifeStraw Family would provide an ongoing supply of clean water.

  82. I think this would work when using my water storage. Have a 13 acre lake in the back. Would still need a charcoal filter for chemicals, but that’s easy since I’d be cooking over an open fire a lot.

  83. I haul my water now from rain barrels. Run it through a sand and charcoal filter and boil at present. Been looking for something like this to make life a little easier for around here. Thanks for the companies name and one as well would be even better.

  84. It’s PERFECT! How else will I be able to hydrate all this great food I am purchasing from the suppliers found on your site.

  85. This would be wonderful for adding to our supplies. One thing I like about it is that is looks simple enough that our kids could operate it. During an emergency situation we would need all hands on deck, so it’s nice that the adults would be freed up to complete other survival chores.

  86. I have a cottage on a beautiful lake so water isn’t the problem for most things except drinking! the Lifestraw would be a most useful item for the actual drinking water side of the lake water’s unlimited supply of usefulness in survival.

  87. with my daughters large family 11 and my hubby and i this would be a great thing to have as it is hard to get enough water for that many people if we had to bug out i would keep this in my car also so if i am stuck some where i can still have good water this sound just what alot of people need

  88. this would be great for my son and his family as they live where the water sometimes has to be boiled due to contaminates. he lives in the upper part of mich. or yooper land. this will happen 2 to 3 times a year and would solve all his problems.

  89. The Lifestraw Family would be perfect for my small family! We have a small catfish pond that we can obtain water from. This would filter enough water easily for the 3 of us. :-)

  90. Purchasing a Lifestraw is on my top ten list of things to get done this month. I believe it to be one of the best ways to purify the water of most contaminants. Unfortunately if there is, God forbid, nuclear fallout, dirty bomb , and or contamination such as the folks in WVa have been suffering these past few weeks, God bless their hearts. (We are praying for you and sent money for your relief! Sorry I couldn’t do more)
    Under these circumstances I think it might be better to distill the water as soon as possible. I sure hope that when the $HTF the water will not be chemically corrupted.

    note to Gaye: Thanks for the discount on the Sparks Ess Oils, saved me a nice little chunk of change, which of course “magically” allowed me to get 2 extra bottles….yeah. They are indeed top shelf quality and I’m making so many nice things with them, esp the Miracle salve that reportedly works wonders.

  91. Being new to prepping my first big purchase was a bereky crown water filter. Having to store water for 6 people is daunting. With a river and stream on our property figured this filter was a good idea. When we had to reroof our barn did it with metal roofing and we are now looking for a gutter system to use with rain barrels. This life straw family filter would be an awesome addition to our preps. Would be great to have in our bug out bags.

  92. We have some water in storage but not nearly enough. The life straw filter would be a great addition to our preps. We have a river near by but have not invested in a filter yet. Would love to have this one.

  93. It is so hard to store enough water, and, as noted, even with the Berkey, portability is definitely an issue. This would be an amazing addition, allowing us to have the security of water on the go!

  94. This would be great for a larger family like mine. It would help with water storage which can be difficult in smaller houses. This would be a great addition to anyone’s prepping.

  95. Wow, I don’t have a water strategy, I’m new to prepping, so this would be a great step in the right direction. Thanks for all of the great info, I have some planning to do!

  96. How will a LifeStraw Family fit into your overall water storage strategy? Well when our electric goes out, we don’t have water. We have a well and it runs on a water pump. Our semi backup plan is to hoist a bucket down the well (since we usually can see the water) and bring up water that way. Running it though this life straw family kit would give me a piece of mind knowing it is filtered, well everything but the chemicals.

  97. I would love the life straw, Not only would it help my family survive, but I would be able to help my friends and neighbors. living is So Cal we don’t have much free water standing around. But we do have a lot of Pools we could use as our water source.

  98. The lifestraw Family would make a great addition to my bulk water storage for when my stored water starts to run low. Thanks for the giveaway

  99. I have a few cases and jugs of bottled water. Also have a rain barrel that I collect water from. But with no real means of purifying that water, this would be a great addition to my preps! Have been looking at getting one, but it would be great to win it!

  100. I can’t think of a way this couldn’t be used! We could keep in our car for travel emergencies , we hope to soon get off the grid or at least reduce our usage of it so it would be a God send during anytime of trouble but even until then , I’d we ever have a water emergency it would be great incase there is a power outage as well!

  101. This is the perfect solution to reduce the weight of my bugout bag. Also, I live in WV. The recent chemical spill here woke everyone up to the need for clean water. I really hope to win this!

  102. The Lifestraw, would be more of a life jacket, if we ever need to use our rain barrel water or pond water for life or death consumption. We normally have some bottled water on hand for just in case, but do not normally have enough bottled water needed for an extended period. It would also be useful while RVing or camping.

  103. Living on a fault line and expecting a BIG one any day now, the Lifestraw Family would be a lifesaver if we were stuck without services for a week or more. I would say 1 in 10 even think about what they are going to do come an earthquake, so we would likely help out many of our neighbours too.

  104. this would be the first thing added to my bug out bag/pocketbook i dont have ponds or creeks in my back yard but this would be perfect because when we do have to run i can make sure the baby has fresh water at all times i think this is a great product and if i could afford it i wont have to enter the contest id leave it for someone else.but my family is important and i dont want the baby getting sick from bad water.

  105. I am thinking of getting two of these. One for a BoB and one for the house with all the other camping gear. It will become a permanent part of my travel kit!

  106. Even the dogs will have lots of water this way, an individual LifeStraw doesn’t exactly work for them. This will work well!

  107. How will a LifeStraw Family fit into your overall water storage strategy?

    Believe it or not, I would not buy a lifestraw for now. My plan is already set, and my BOB filtering capacities are over 500gal. as I write. It is more than enough for our current needs, because we can’t yet afford to start prepping for long-term survival.

    BUT (because everyone has a butt! =P)

    I would gladly use a lifestraw water filter. I very much enjoy the gravity systems, for the time gained NOT pumping, and I would happily add a “double-tap” to my water planning by adding a backup plan in case my current main filter would break. That and… that thing might be the first step on the long-term survival planning, and since I can’t afford it yet (university costs a bunch!), that lifestraw would be a major asset in my survival planning.

    That way, with the few seeds I managed to save, our fully-equiped BOBs and a better water filtration system, we really could afford to sustain my best friend’s family, who’s offered us shelter on their family land in case of TEOTWAWKI. Charity. JWR would say “give until it hurts”. If I win, it would hurt much less…

  108. This would be perfect as we have water close but are not able to store large amountsdof water. We currently have a straw in each of our carry bags ready to go. After the main rush, this wouuld ensure long term water availability.

  109. It will provide clean drinking water on a daily basis, plus the ability to filter stored, bottled water that’s past it’s expiration date (as well as rain water).

  110. I have stored some bottles of water but don’t have a filtering system yet. This would be a great way to increase our capacity to have fresh water for my family.

  111. I have stored water, and bleach, but not a filtering system yet. This would definitely help, especially since I always have kids around (14 grandkids!), and emergencies do happen.

  112. Wow…now this is very interesting. I live a couple of blocks from the bayou. I wonder if it would REALLY work on that nasty water. We have a well system and just yesterday we were out of power ALL DAY LONG. We couldn’t use any water: no flushing toilets, no running water…because we are on a well system. I would love to try this out and give you feed back. But, I wonder if maybe I should have the water tested to be sure because I’m pretty sure that drinking bayou water would probably kill us.

  113. We have 30 gallons of water and realize this is not enough so I plan to pick up 5 to 10 more during each grocery trip to slowly build up this stock. We have one Lifestraw. A Lifestraw family filter is just what this family of five needs. We can wake up in the mornings to clean water.

  114. The water from WVa will be hitting my water suppler on the Ohio river tomorrow and I am so perplexed as what to do. I don’t even want 1 part per million polluted water in the pipes in my home. In my hot water tank, and defiantly not into my fish tanks. It would help to have on of these filters for my drinking.

  115. I always have several cases of drinking water in the house. I also have an aquapod kit and a 55 gallon rainbarrel that I can use. When my daughter left for college, I made her a bug out bag with a LifeStraw in it. Since there’s no natural water source near my home, I could definitely use this new LifeStraw system to filter the water from the rainbarrel in order to have clean drinking water.

  116. I believe very much in redundancy when it comes to my preps. The LifeStraw Filtration products look like something that I should add to my existing water filtration methods!

  117. Definitely a product that can be used in survival or homestead situations. I can think of many uses for the cleaner water that one could treat with this product.

  118. This product would be perfect for us. We have a cabin in the woods with no running water. We have ways to catch the rain water & a spring within walking distance & this would be perfect for filtering them.

  119. I have a ungeound water source that I can access with a 12 volt battery and a small inverter that would be the perfect source for water in an emergency. Would like to have something that I could run the water through just to make sure it isn’t tainted by any thing and is safe for my family to drink.

  120. How will a LifeStraw Family fit into your overall water storage strategy? This would be great for my family. Water storage is something that I am constantly working on, but I currently only have water stored in bottles and still need a method of filtering water after we use up what I have stored. And this would be great to store in one of our bug out bags incase we had to leave.

  121. Drinkable water is so important for survival that we need every possible way to clean it. I would love to have one of these for our supplies.

  122. My problem is all my water (at this time) needs electricity to get it to my house. We have rain barrels, but that will not last long as we are pretty arid in my area. I do, however, have a pond on my property. It is not potable and would have to process the water many times in many different manners before I would feel comfortable enough to let me or my family entertain drinking it. This life straw family 1.0 would be perfect for my house. I by the way will HAVE to bug in.

  123. My water strategy at this point is rain water and stored water. We don’t have a water filter as of yet so it would be a way to start the selection process. I need to try things before I start investing in them.

  124. Lifestraw Family would be a great compliment to our Personal Lifestraws, aqua tabs, chlorine, and the other cache of water purifiers/filters we have.

  125. I did not realize Lifestraw made a bigger filter. This would be great for both filtering stored water or water from a creek nearby that only seasonally contains water (runoff).

  126. This would be a great addition to our bug out / hiking bag or even just to keep in the house for emergencies. We live in a rural area (in a valley surrounded by high hills) and are surrounded by creeks, a river that winds around, natural snow fed ponds and several lakes of varying sizes. We even live right next to a swamp that almost always has some standing water in it. We have plenty of water, but without some type of filtration unit, most of it would be dangerous to drink. With the Lifestraw, I would never have to worry about making sure we had clean water in an emergency.

  127. Great advice to keep it in the car. I will do the same thing. Lots of water available in Minnesota. Thanks for another informative and practical artical.

  128. While I have a community water system that is well endowed with chlorine from the tap (so much so that my cat will not drink tap water and I have to buy her bottled water) and I fill the bottles with tap water every 6 months, I do not have a life straw and would really like one. I do have purification tablets but they require a long time to work and I do have a small amount of bagged water for the bugout bag but I really need something like the lifestraw.

  129. I live by a marshy area. The water would not be safe to drink unless filtered. My small backpacking filter would work, but it is not big enough to handle the family. The life straw family would work great for the bug in. This could supplement my stored water giving me longer than a months worth to live.

  130. The Lfestraw Family, like the personal Lifestraw, is a tool that allows easier access to clean water. It won’t really change my water storage as much as it will enhance it. That is all technology really can do. It saves time and energy from having to purify water with natural methods.

  131. I have been looking at these for a few months. I got an individual straw for a family member for Christmas, but I will need this larger one for my family if something happened to our well water.

  132. This would defiantly be in my Bo kit. We already have fresh spring water in walking distance from our home. But if walking to the spring was not safe. Or if we had to relocate this would be handy.

  133. Perfect! I was just stating on your Sunday Buzz about why procrastination isn’t bad all the time, this is another example of why. I’ve been trying to figure how to travel in a BUG OUT event. Just a life straw doesn’t work since I will be traveling with my dogs. The min pin can’t carry but makes a great alarm for anyone approaching. BUT I’ve been trying to figure how to carry water if we were afoot; my service dog is medium sized and has the build to tow but I couldn’t see him carrying enough water. This family lifestraw would work on the cart he’d be pulling along with other gear and he’d be able to carry 2 liters of water as it filtered even. I won’t be putting this in my home, it will find it’s home outside in case like the woman who had a landslide come into her house, this fits into a space I hadn’t been able to figure on anything fitting. Checking the specs……..would you believe the size is just right for fitting that space! Thank you Gaye and LifeStraw for bringing such a delightful thing to market and filling a void in my plans. :)

  134. I don’t have any water filtration system for out bug out bags yet. This would be perfect for us to use her at home if we sheltered in place as we don’t have access to creek or lake water. We’ve stored up a few cases of water and are planning on making a rain barrel this year, but lack a water purification system for home or if we have to travel. Thanks for bringing this product to my attention.

  135. A LifeStraw Family would fit into my overall water storage strategy by being in my car emergency kit. I travel at least once a month 200 miles over a snowy mountain to visit family. For any reason if I was to slide off the road it could take days for someone to find me. With the straw I would be able to drink safe water if necessary.

  136. I can see one of these stationed at the corner of the old farm house, near the corner, where it could easily be set up just outside, where we could tip water from the farm pond in an emergency, and then have drinkable safe water for household use . . . great idea!

  137. A unit like this would work in with my gutter recovery for rain water. it would be a good backup when cleaning time came for the regular filters or if travel became nessesary this would work great. Bill B

  138. This unit would ease my fears of bugging out and not having water beyond the minimum we could carry. The ability to filter water for drinking and cooking would be such a wonderful thing. This would even be useful in a routine travel/vacation trip; such a money saver by not having to buy bottled water on trips. Thanks for the info! KF

  139. Since We live out in the country, we aren’t planning to bug out anywhere except maybe to the back of our acreage. We have ponds on our property so winning this to use in a bug out situation would be great. We have a lifestraw, but it only filters so much water. This would be great to add to our storage for water filtration of stored water and water from the ponds. Thanks for the chance at winning.

  140. Great easy and light filtration storage system for buggin out not only for us humans but the furry friends we help out with us!

  141. With my family about to move to 8+ acres and trying our hands as self-sustainability, this could help if we ever have to fend for ourselves one day. We have a pond and this could definitely help filter that water if necessary.

  142. We are moving into an area where we have a lot of water in a creek and a pond, but depend on electric and pumps to get our drinking water from a deep well. Even though we store potable water, this would give us another alternative method of obtaining that life sustaining clean drinking water.

  143. I want to try the straw out first when hiking. Then buy some for my storage, making sure not to exceed the expiration date.

  144. I store water, but if SHTF, I’ll need more. I have a pond but need a way to filter the water. Thanks for such a great giveaway.

  145. As a Veterinary Technician, it would give me great comfort to have such a device. My neighborhood is incredibly full of dog-walkers/lovers (I’ve never seen anything like it). I could do so much to help so many people’s animals from becoming ill due to ingesting unsafe water.

  146. Without fresh, clean water we won’t survive for very long…We have a shallow well at home, but even that requires filtration, with a family of 7 people, water is very precious and we need enough for everyone! Not including the animals depending on us for their water needs also. This portable filtration system will go a long way to ensuring that my children remain healthy regardless of where we may have to relocate for safety.

  147. My water program is 3 parts, 1st is my well that has a backup hand pump. 2nd my rain collection system, and 3rd a stream I have on my property. Filtering the 2 sources other then the well is very important and this would come in handy for that.

  148. Excellent way to filter more water at a time. I have the personal Life Straw already altho I was needing a way to filter more water more efficiently.

  149. It would be great for my bug out bag. I keep water pouches in my backpack but they are very heavy. This would be much more portable and lightweight.

  150. Being in the desert, water is scarce…however it does exist in “tanks” natural rock basins, springs etc…but each of these are known by every kind of creature you can imagine…so it is extremely necessary to have some kind of efficient filtration…Dave

  151. How will a LifeStraw Family fit into your overall water storage strategy? This would give me a chance to cut back on all the bottled water that me and my family have stored it will allow me expand my room for more preps…..Jim

  152. I work with disaster relief groups. This would go with
    the bags I take with me. Prep for the unknown SHTF
    is the same as going to a Katrina situation.

  153. This is the first time I have read about the LifeStraw Family. We have the LifeStraw Personal Water Filters in our bug out bags, but the LifeStraw Family would be a definite asset if we were sheltering in place. We have a drainage ditch behind our property which always has some water in it. I also have a rain catching container to collect water that comes off of the roof. The LifeStraw Family would be ideal to use for filtering the water from these two sources.

  154. This is the perfect way for the newbie to get water preps in order for a SHTF situation. Easy to use and no electricity needed. If you have any means of obtaining water such as from a pond, rain gutter, tarp and five gallon buckets when it rains. Then this would come in handy to filter the water before consumption. Every new or seasoned prepper needs a way to obtain clean filtered water.

  155. This is one item that everyone should have in their car, home, mc, and on themselves. What with all the crap they are putting in the water a person should have several. Even water that is in the wilderness is suspect. Water filters are a GOTTA HAVE item these days.

  156. I would love to have one of these. I would experiment with it ahead of time so that when the real needs arises I will already know how to use it. I am the only one in my family who is trying to learn all this stuff yet you know that when the need arises, they will all want in then.

  157. A water purifier would be excellent during a survival scenario. Disease would really spread quickly with dead bodies so purification is important

  158. I’m still quite new to prepping (about 6 months). This would be great to add to my water storage and practice ahead of time. Our kids ( ages 1 to 15) are enjoying learning how to better connect with our land and become more self sufficient and their confidence has increased knowing they are helping to provide for the family and seeing what can be accomplished with their efforts

  159. The Lifestraw Family 1.0 would fit perfectly, as I am the only “prepper” in my family (actually some are against this and whatever I can do is “under the radar”). That being the situation, I don’t have enough places to store gallons of necessary water.

  160. My family and I are just beginning to put together necessities for any situation that may happen, we live in an area that has not had a BIG earth quake in over 250 years and apparently we are due. We live on an Island that is only connected to the main land by one bridge. The LifeStraw Family would make a great first addition to our kit and would add piece of mind to myself as a mother of 2 daughters and my husband that we would have fresh water, God forbid, something should happen. Thanks for this opportunity.

  161. We have personal Life Straws for each of us and one Family version. However, my husband keeps it with him and I would dearly like to have one with me (in my car) as well. I use a CPAP and have to have clean water for it and can’t think of any better way to get it so I don’t have to buy distilled water all the time. Also, the big barrel we have won’t keep the water clean and potable forever. Better to filter the water coming out of it than going into it. We have water in the hot water tank, but wouldn’t drink it without filtering – same for small water barrels or tap water storage containers. If you don’t have clean water in an emergency, you WILL get miserably sick and even die.

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