The LifeStraw Personal Water Filter Review

Avatar Gaye Levy  |  Updated: August 24, 2021
The LifeStraw Personal Water Filter Review

Lifestraw (10)I first learned about the LifeStraw Personal Water Filter a year ago when one of the readers of Backdoor Survival sent me an email extolling its virtues. Although it sounded cool and the price was right, I did not bother to test one myself. After all, I already had a Berkey Sport bottle, a Nalgene water bottle and some water purification tabs in my pack. I was all set.

Or so I thought.

During my recent trip to Alaska, I decided to carry along a LifeStraw and use it for some field testing. After all, what better place to stick a straw in the water and drink than a beautiful Alaskan glacial pond or stream?

Today I am pleased to report that there is well-deserved merit to the popularity of the LifeStraw. Not only is it extremely compact (meaning it takes up almost no room at all), but it is ultra-light weighing in at a mere two ounces.

Follow along below as I tell you about my LifeStraw experience and give you an opportunity to win one for free!


Before I set out on my Alaskan adventure, I removed the LifeStraw from its plastic wrapper, threw the directions in my pack and went searching for a suitable body of water. I found a nice pond and being bound and determined to do it right, I crawled down the bank and stuck the LifeStraw in the water, ready to begin my test.

Alas, I knew right away something was wrong. During my first try nothing happened as I tried to suck water from the top – much as you would suck on a straw sitting in a glass of juice or soda.

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Clearly, I was doing something wrong and knew that it was time to RTFM. I pulled the instruction leaflet out of my pack and read that before use, you need to uncap the LifeStraw and hold it upright in the water for a minute. Apparently this allows the water to seep up the filter membrane and initiate the flow of water. You then do five quick sucks to get the water to flow easily.

Sure enough, once I tried this, the water flowed and I was able to take a long, healthy drink of darn good tasting water.

The moral of this story: take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the instructions before trying out new gear. Of course I knew that but my vacation befuddled brain was not running at full tilt.

I also tried using the LifeStraw in a more traditional way by sucking the water out of a cup.

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That was not quite as much fun but of course, that worked too. The water I drank tasted good – but understand the pond looked pretty pristine to begin with. That said, there was no chemical or plastic tasting after-taste from the LifeStraw itself.

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When I was done drinking, I drew up a straw-full of water then blew it out. According to the directions, this empties any remaining water from the chamber and also clears out any debris that may have been drawn up from the water. I then recapped the LifeStraw and stuck it back in my pack, ready for its next use.

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Now truth be told, it was kind of fun blowing the water out of the chamber so I kept doing it – playing like I was a human squirt gun. But like I said, I was on vacation and a little silliness was in order.


According to Eartheasy, the master LifeStraw wholesale distributor for the USA and Canada, a single LifeStraw can filter up to 1,000 liters or 264 gallons of water. Not only that, it removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria and 99.9% of water-borne protozoan parasites.

The LifeStraw itself is made from a BPA-free plastic material and has no moving parts to wear out. It comes with a lanyard for carrying the LifeStraw around your neck but the lanyard material is nothing special. I am going to remove it and make one out of paracord instead.

One other thing worth mentioning is that the LifeStraw has a shelf-life of five years meaning that you can put it in deep storage for use down the road – if you need it.

Update on 02-11-2014: A Backdoor Survival reader asked the question:

In the article about the LifeStraw I noticed this, “the LifeStraw has a shelf-life of five years”.

What happens after the five year mark? Does the filter get brittle and decompose or something? How do you determine if a filter is no longer useful? Is there a way to prolong it’s shelf life? I.e. put it in can of vinegar?

Here is the response from EarthEasy, the US distributor of the Lifestraw:

The shelf life comment on LifeStraw products have actually been removed. The reason for this is because the filter has no chemicals or moving parts, meaning that there will be nothing that can expire.

When the LifeStraw reaches capacity, you will be unable to draw water through the unit. To prolong the life, what you will need to do is to back flush the unit after every use. You can even hold the LifeStraw under the sink and use your faucet to back flush all the contaminates caught within the pores.

To do that, you will need to hold the LifeStraw under the sink and use your hand to seal off the top, so that you get water pressure through the straw to back flush.

That is terrific news for those of us with LifeStraws. This means we can now stockpile them as part of our preps. Wohoo!


Given its light weight and compact form, the LifeStraw is perfect for the bug-out-bag. Not only that, for prepping purposes I like the idea of having a back-up water filter so that if you question the water coming out of the tap of your home (or even at an emergency shelter), you can sip away knowing that you will not get sick from the water.

A LifeStraw is also a good addition to your travel kit. It is easy to pack and lightweight – a real bonus these days of insidious airline baggage fees. Plus, given the questionable water in many foreign countries, using the LifeStraw may actually prevent sickness or distress when bottled water is not available.

The same applies to hiking or bicycling where space and the weight of your pack are important. My suggestion is to continue to carry a Nalgene water bottle or canteen. You can then fill it with water but sip the water through a LifeStraw while drinking.


Last week I announced that I was giving away three LifeStraw Personal Water Filters. That giveaway continues through June 27th, when each of the winners will be selected at random.

There are two ways to enter the giveaway and each entry counts (up to a maximum of two entries).

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1. First, you can leave a comment below sharing your current portable water purification method. And if you don’t have one? No worries – just say so. We do not judge here on Backdoor Survival!

2. Second, you can visit the article Water – The Survival Basic and enter a comment there as well. (See the article for the topic.)

That gives you two separate chances of winning – now how cool is that?


Water and staying hydrated are so important to survival that I write about it over and over again. Even so, just when I think I know it all, I learn of a new way to store water or a new way to purify water.

Do you still have some questions about water and why it is important? Be sure to read read is 8 Reason Drinking Lots of Water is Important for Survival.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


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Bargain Bin: Don’t want to wait for the giveaway? The LifeStraw Personal Water Filter contains no chemicals, no batteries and no moving parts to wear out. It features a a high flow rate and weighs only 2oz. It works quickly, taking roughly 3-5 seconds of sucking to start the flow of water through the filter. It’s ultra-light and inexpensive enough to keep in your backpack in case of emergencies or for hiking trips. Click on LifeStraw Personal Water Filter to purchase the LifeStraw on Amazon.

waterBOB Emergency Drinking Water Storage: Have you considered storing water in your bathtub? The Water Bob is a bladder that you can use in your bathtub to store water if you know that a storm, flood, or hurricane is brewing.

NALGENE BPA-Free Water Bottle: These water bottles have served me well. I fill them up with water from my Royal Berkey and keep one bedside, one at my desk and another in the bathroom. Keep in mind that price-wise, some colors will be more expensive so if color does not matter, go with the cheapest (currently the green version).

Katadyn Vario Microfilter Water Filtration System: The Katadyn system combines the benefits of easy operation, high water output, and extended cartridge life. Not only that, it filters up to 2 quarts per minute of pumping.

Colloidal Silver Medical Uses, Toxicology & Manufacture: If you are interested in learning more about colloidal silver, this is the book to get. It is written by John Hill, the same author of How to Live on Wheat which I reviewed awhile back in my article Why Store Wheat – Wheat 101 for Newbies.

55-Gallon Barrel Combo: Check around because prices vary on this combo.

Potable Aqua Water Treatment Tablets: Potable Aqua Water Purification Tablets make questionable water bacteriologically suitable to drink. Easy to use and the water is ready to drink in 30 minutes. One 50 tablet bottle treats 25 quarts of water.



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146 Responses to “The LifeStraw Personal Water Filter Review”

  1. I store filtered water in almost every plastic bottle I repurpose. I have read many articles on natural ways to filter water if necessary later.

  2. I use a Brita bottle with a filter built in.
    While hiking I’ve used iodine tablets.
    This product seems to be a nice alternative.

    • LOL For some reason it didn’t post the rest of my comment. I have a 55 gallon drum purified with bleach. I don’t, however have anything portable.

    • Please research: bleach deteriorates over time. Variables from 3 mths to a year on line. Quantity (of bleach) and time, are critical factors. Just tryin to help.

  3. I hope I am entering the contest for life straw. I have a big berkey and all my visitors love it. Just wondering once I go to amazon from your site, do I need to access it every time in this way for you to get a commission. Also I dropped off your emailing list somehow. I get at least 50 emails a day and yours is the highlight of the day. But I accessed you through Activist Post and signed back up again. chicken farmer jerry

  4. For hunkering down, we have a few dozen 2-liter bottles that we’ve filled with bleach-treated tap water. For bugging out, we’ve got water purification tablets.

  5. We have this thing, not sure of the name, that uses ultra violet light to kill bacteria in water. My daughter used it for a science experiment a couple of months ago using creek water. Although the water did not look clean, it did taste really good.

  6. I do not currently have a water purification method. I am still very new to all of this, but so far lifestraw seems like a good deal.

  7. I’m new to “prepping” and I have found your site to be very informative and helpful. So many of the tips can be applied to normal living and are very useful. Thank you.

  8. I don’t currently have a purification method. This would be an awesome new capability, good luck to all.

  9. I have some tablets that I can use, but the Lifestraw sounds a lot easier! Glad I found your site…love your articles! Thanks!

  10. We have wanted to get a couple of these for a long time but have yet to do it. We did however, just purchase to water bottles with built in filters to take on the road trip we are about to embark on.

  11. Thanks for another opportunity. Water storage/filtration is what I’ve been trying to work on first.

  12. I live in Okinawa, Japan. Our family home is within 10 miles of a dorment volcanoe and 70 miles to an active one. We have 20 within 300 miles. We have 70 active within 1000 miles. It is 70 miles to a major subduction fault. We are roughly 500 miles from North Korea with about 50% of US Pacific Forces within 50 miles of my house. Oh, and I live within 100 meters of the beach. Do you think I should be concerned with prepping? (LOL). I would feel much better if I had a Lifestraw! Love your site!

  13. This is a compact and quite clever way for a quick drink, however, it cannot be your main source of filtration. You would have to suck up water and spit it into a canteen. Nasty.

    • Why would you not just fill your canteen and then use your lifestraw to drink it? Serious question here…not sarcasm.

  14. I am just learning and I have a long way to go. This will definitely be one of the items I gather for my bug out kit.

  15. I use the bleach method to purify my 7 gal. containers of water. For cooking water, I store 2 liter soda bottles filled from our kitchen tap. Each bottle provides enough boiling (purified) water to cook a batch of rice, beans, wheat, pasta or a pot of chicken soup. I would love to try the life straw.

  16. just ordered some water purification supplies, but they didn’t have LifeStraw, I’m eager to try one!

  17. I do not have a portable water purification method. Bug out is not feasible for my family. I store enough water in my get home bag to get me the ten miles from my work to home. Would love to have a life straw to add for longer trips and emergencies at home.

  18. Only current method of filtration is a Brita water filter. I do plan on making a filter using the Berkey replacable filters and some food grade buckets for a little diy project.

  19. Right now, my son uses water purification tablets. I tend to store up filtered water (I have a fluoride-removing filter) but outside of that, I don’t have anything that’s really portable in a pinch.

  20. I carry one strip of purification tablets in a small tin that lives in my purse – every day. We keep unscented bleach & pool shock on hand (rotating stock) at home. We also have a stock of paper coffee filters – both at home and in the camping gear if we must relocate.

  21. We have multiple water storage methods from the big barrels, smaller 5 gal containers, bottled water, water bob, fold up containers, etc. plus multiple methods for purification including tablets, pool shock, various filters and pumps including the Life Straw which I gave to EVERYone for Christmas last year. We keep them in all vehicle glove boxes, bug out bags and I keep one in my purse. They are small enough that my family carries them on their road bike trips and we have had occasion to use them while fishing, hiking, etc. One of the top ten BEST emergency items ever!

  22. Enjoyed the article. need a portable filter. Have a large home made filter made from 2 buckets and two ceramic candles.

  23. I’ve been meaning to get a few of these for such a long time…….my husband has a ‘get home’ bag since he drives to downtown LA frequently. He has some water bottles in it, but not a filter. I SO NEED THIS FOR HIM! Thank you for reviewing this product!

  24. I have an aquamire system similiar to ythis, but it would be nice to have a second as backup………will definitely test it out here in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and report back

  25. We just moved to a beautiful 4 bedroom home on land(5+). There is a community pond stocked with fish, catfish, black bass, and little carps but the neighbors warn swim at your own risk so it makes me wonder about how suitable the water is for drinking. The straw would help ease my mind. Our current portable water is little to be heard of, we have four water tablets, there our four of us so that would go quickly. We have bottled water, 12 oz and gallons. I would love to have an easy portable water sorce. I also wanted to get a few rain barrels, but those cost quit a bit of money.

  26. I live in Los Angeles so the threat of earthquakes (plus a variety of other disasters) is very real. In my get home bag I have a handful of water purification tablets, but the problem is they take 4 hours to fully work. I may need water NOW. I would love to have a LifeStraw so I can get some water on the go.

  27. I don’t do a lot/any camping. I am just starting to put together my prepping kits. This would be a good addition.

    • I have a Katadyn filter, still in the box, have never used it…saving it I guess ;)…but after reading your article, I think maybe it would be wise of me to try it out and get accustomed to how it works..! thanks for the article…and thanks for the straw I am going to win 😉

  28. I do not have a source of water purification at this time. I have given away LifeStraws for prizes in an online tournament I run for work. They seem like pretty cool devices and I can’t wait to try one!!!

  29. I have a few water filtering and storage methods.first small but lite frontier filter(similar to lifestraw) carry that all times. second is a Soldier Water Filter(from amazon). that is in my BOB/back pack.third I have a Life Saver(you need to check these out)mine is the 2000.-filtering method for all is-scoop water,pour through coffee filter,boil(if possible),run through filter& its ready to drink.boiling is most efficient way to kill anything in the water,then you want to remove the bugs with a filter.I have a few drums of water and a lake nearby.

  30. We have one of these but have never had the chance to use it. Thanks for the great review. Of course, having an extra would be awesome! Thanks for all you bring to us. BTW my Kindle is now up to 115 free e-books thanks to you.

  31. I don’t yet have a portable purification…only home water storage…and that isn’t my best choice, either, it’s just all we have money and room for…empty soda bottles ready for filling and bleach. Of course there is alway’s boiling until you run out of fuel. 🙁

    • Was looking to try one of these as they seem highly portable and, judging from your test, work very well. Due to disabilities and my 90 year old dad living with me, bugging out is not really an option. Have double filtration system on water for house and try to keep extra water on hand. Would really like to try one of these.

  32. I do not have current portable purification.I’ve been in the city most of my life but,now is the time to learn!

  33. I do not currently have a water purification system. I am a newbie to prepping and have been focusing n my food storage and personal supplies. I understand clean water is very important and this Lifestraw would be a perfect addition to the supplies I’ve already got stored !

  34. Other than our Brita filter, we have no water purification system yet. We keep a handful of water bricks on the balcony of our tiny apartment, and we each have a gallon bottle of water in our cars at all times (more for road trips). I think the life straw would be a good baby step to becoming better prepared, and it would definitely come in handy for travel as well.

  35. I have purification tablets for the Go Bag and where I live the tap water reeks of chlorine so much my cat won’t drink it so I get bottled water for her and refill the bottles with chlorinated tap water and store wherever I can find space.
    Would love to have one of these for the both of us.

  36. I bought my husband a Kathadin hiker water filtration system for his BOB, but we have yet to try it. I think the life straw seems pretty handy.

  37. I don’t have one, but have been researching and like the LifeStraw. Would love to win one on my birthday!

  38. I currently have PUR powder, Kahtadyn medium sized pump and a small msr (?) backpacking filter. This lifestraw looks like it would fit in and EDC kit. Perfect.

  39. I carry treatment tablets, a small vial of iodine, and I have the LifeStraw in my BOB. Would love another one.

  40. Water being such a basic necessity, I have the most redundancy in this part of my preps. After this, then fire. I can test, boil, diy berkey filter, diy sand filter, diy soda bottle solar purifier, store bought filters/purifiers (several) purifying tablets,(several), bandanas, long term storage of water, 4-way sill cock key, fire hydrant wrench. Have not made a solar still yet. Have not set up rain catchment yet.

  41. We currently don’t have anything beyond water purification tablets for portable water. I’m hoping to add a couple of steri-pens to our packs in the next couple of months.

  42. I have a Nalgene bottle with purification tablets, a Steripen, and some coffee filter. Should be ok

  43. I have a Stearns Ceramic High Flow filter which is great for filling canteens and bottles. The Life Straw would be a great addition for smaller uses.

  44. We have a Sawyer 0.02 micron portable and home water purifier. One at home and one in the BOB. I like the fact that the Sawyer will filter out viruses as well as everything else.

  45. I am new to the prepping field, so I don’t have a water filter yet. This sound like just the ticket for me. I hope I win.

  46. I don’t currently have any water purification methods, but I have some bleach on hand! Reading Cody Lundin’s book today and was just telling my hubby about what I’d learned about water disinfection. Thanks for the giveaway.

  47. Have water stored, but only bleach for purification of other from creek/rain barrel. Need to work on this.

  48. Wow, what a fantastic gadget – something you can take with you on the run! I just pray we will never ever have to have a reason to need one of these. Enter me please….I’d love to have one especially when I go overseas to visit home!

  49. Okay, well, I use boiling, Katadyn tabs and a Frontier Emergency straw. For the house, I have both self-bottled water using half gallon juice bottles and bleach that is purchased new every six months.

  50. I don’t have a portable water purification system other than bleach but I would love to win a lifestraw.

  51. I don’t have a life straw, and don’t have a true water purification device, although I have both a Brita pitcher and Brita water bottle, although both need a new filter currently.

  52. I currently have Coleman purification tablets but as I understand the lable, the second bottle is to help with the taste. If I had small children I would think this could be a problem.

  53. we have purification tablets as well as one life straw for our family of three and would love to win one.

  54. I purchased a Life Straw but have not yet tried it out. Thanks for the instructions on getting started with this.

  55. I don’t really have any type of water purification. I do have a Brita pitcher that I keep in the fridge, but that is it.

  56. I have bottled water in 5 gallon containers stored as well as in clean 2 liter soda bottles, along with 3 cases of bottled water. I just picked up a lifestraw on your recommnedation, going to try it out this weekend.

  57. I don’t have one yet. My partner has been after me to get the Lifestraw. Now that you have recommended it I feel better about getting one. Thank you for sharing.

  58. i dont have a specific filter system yet. i plan on trying a few methods as testers to see what works best. solar filters. sand. charcoal. iodine tabs or drop i feel like are the best on the fly with some pantyhose to filter out the heavy debri. may not taste great but small and portable.

  59. I have a Sawyer SP-194 bag to bag filter for camping. It’s a very thorough filter but not fast enough for when you need a drink right NOW. The LifeStraw would be a welcome addition to my emergency kit.

  60. Hi,i am a single mom of 2 boys, I have no water purification system. My sister and i have just started prepping.Would greatly appreciate adding these to the few things we have.

  61. I was planning on using bleach or boiling water to purify it. I would love to win a life straw!

  62. Wish I had known about this when we went on a missions trip to Papua New Guinea. I think it would make a great gift for several missionaries we know who live on tiny “islands.” We are going to get one for hurricane prep. and a few for the missionaries~

  63. Gaye, thanks so much for your advise and common sense.
    The Life straw seems to work well. You are a great person to follow and I admire you for
    getting into the nitty-gritty of survival. You are an inspiration for all of us.
    Thanks again, be safe, proud to be an American.

  64. I have an old water bottle with some kind of filter in it (need replacement!) but the Life Straw seems so small–easy to pack & light to carry.

  65. when i first started prepping, i got a frontier aquamira filter for my get home bag and thought i was covered. later i found out that those filters don’t filter out bacteria (e coli, cholera, etc) so i did some more research and found the lifestraw. now bacteria are no problem; they don’t remove bad tastes, chemical pollutants or viruses (hepatitis, for example), but given my budget, i’ll live with that–any filter that removes everything harmful is way outside my means. lately, i’m seeing a lot of new filters on line, but remember that the lifestraw has been proven effective by several years of use in africa and other places where safe drinking water is hard to get, and it has already saved many lives.

  66. Thank you for reviewing the LifeStraw. I have been thinking about purchasing one, but wanted a review from someone I could trust. I do not currently have a water filtration item in my prepping so this information was invaluable. Thank you for sharing your experience.

  67. We have water stored in a 55 gal blue drum and in many 2 liter bottles. We have some water bricks, but haven’t put water in them at this time. I have non-scented clorox on hand. Also have a siphon, coffee filters, and some purification drops. We recently bought 2 of the LifeStraws and have them with our bug-out supplies. Didn’t want to open them until we need to use them, so appreciated hearing your information from your LifeStraw trial. Really enjoy your site/articles!

  68. I have a Katadyn that I got for Christmas, but I haven’t field tested it yet. 🙂

    I am going on a UK cruise in August & after all the bad press re: cruises in the news these days, I’ve been giving “travel prepping” a lot more thought! I would love to have something like this to take w/me. Been considering buying one (or maybe the SteriPen?) since they are compact & easy to use. Pick me, pick me! 🙂

  69. I have purchased Katadyn products, some purifying tabs. I am looking for several different products for water, so this fits the bill! Thanks for all you do!

  70. I have water purification tablets in my BOB and have looked into the Life Straw for myself and my parents. It seems like a very simple solution to access to drinkable water. Thanks for the review

  71. After visiting the article, I am amazed that good ole’ Clorox can be safely used in water to purify it! Each day I learn something.

  72. We do not have portable water purification system yet. We are working on getting our survival kit together. I am learning a lot. I do have a little hand crank radio. We are having a speaker come to our church to talk about these things and how to get started. It will be a small turn out but I hope by word of mouth we will gain interest and have it presented again this fall. I have a home based business and work with all natural products included essential oils (I am an RN BSN). I have a great amount of respect for what these can accomplish in the way of keeping you healthy and safe. I have three recipes for blend of oils to Keep mosquitos at bay (ward off West Nile virus and two to prevent infection if bitten or scratched while out camping or in survival mode. I am excited to be offering these for sale to my family and friends soon. Thanks for all you do to help keep us informed and at the ready…

  73. Currently; H2o storage in clean kit litter jugs #1 recy; also clean bleach jugs; 4 gal comm. H2o jugs. All w/ 8 to 10 drops per gal reg. bleach, re-added to every 4 to 6 mths. Boiling is alternate. LifeStraw is next on my list. Thanx for being here for us.

  74. Years ago I was told to fill up bleach bottles with water when they emptied – date it and put it away. I have a Zero filter and have been looking at the LifeStraw options. Thanks for what you share!

  75. Wow!! As the old Alan Parsons song goes, “Where do we go from here, now that all of the children are growing up?”, we have created a monster on this planet and it is us! Take it from one who has seen life through over half of the last century, we had it all at one time, a much simpler life, to be sure, but one that was complete and satisfying at the least. Now we are using acronyms and phrases like SHTP, bug-out bag, we concentrate entire websites on survival techniques, building simple shelters and living “off the grid” and we don’t even mention a word about how we got to this place in time! It’s like trying to heal a wound with a dirty band-aid in my opinion.

    I have been an avid outdoorsman for most of my life, I love all that is still free for me to do and see in nature, so I am quite adept at taking care of myself in the wilderness, should I need the skills to do so. But I never, in my wildest dreams, thought that I would see the day when all that I have enjoyed or became interested in learning more about throughout my life might one day become my daily means of survival!! Bug-out bag?? What to take with me if I have to leave my home and revert to wilderness bushcraft?? How will I feed myself, clothe myself, stay healthy, or help others to do the same, that has been my challenge on a personal basis for many years, a test of my survival skills, and a learning experience for me personally as I find new ways to adapt to a life that, in the real world, I was raised in to begin with. My father was a great outdoorsman and I started my real education at a very early age in the Appalachian mountains of PA.

    Those of us who hoarded Mother Earth News magazines and enjoyed hiking into the mountains on “adventures” will appreciate the facts and hints and tips that were so often packed into such reading or short trips when we had no time frame to adhere to, no destination for arrival, no set plan to follow, just the challenges of the day on our own and with whatever we had at hand. It was fun back then, now it seems that it is the forecast of things to come.

    I hope that all who read this short life history of mine will take note that I didn’t tell you what to do, I have no favorite hints or tips to mention that will solve all your problems, and I pass no judgement on anyone else. I simply want to say that this is not something that has popped up out of nowhere, like Uncle Mike and the family knocking on the front door on a Saturday morning for a week long unannounced “visit” complete with 4 precocious boys with slingshots sticking out of their hip pockets and 2 ratty yipping cur dogs, [sorry for the run-on description], we have carefully orchestrated the predicament we face now by allowing our once meaningful interests in what is all around us to be pushed in the background in favor of glitzy plastic “toys” and eleectronic doo dads which mean nothing to us at the end of the day. We have lost our focus for getting out and voting some responsibility into our governing bodies throughout this nation and replaced it with an attitude of “my vote won’t matter” and we have allowed a group of money oriented people to take the control away from “this great nation, of the people, for the people, and by the people” and place that control in the hands of a greedy few who have their own agenda of “control”. It’s gone so far now that I wonder if we ever can gain back the country for which we have fought so hard and died so many deaths to preserve??

    I admire the efforts of those who feel that they can still turn things around but the only way that will happen is for the majority of us little folks to grasp back the one instinct that many of us have lost somewhere along the path to here and now, ………… our innate ability to use our common sense in making decisions in our lives. What a loss! What a shame! And now we have another election to face and I doubt that there will be enough “common sense” used this time either, as long as we think in terms of “what’s in it for me” or approach the problem with an extended hand turned upwards instead of outwards in a handshake greeting to your fellow man.

    I will make the transition to “where we were” with little trouble. I will be able to survive. I always have. And my son will also survive alongside me as we use what is there before us to make do with what we have at our disposal. And I hope that all of those reading this will come to the realization that there is so much out there that is wonderful and enjoyable and still free for the taking and it isn’t anything that has to be stolen, confiscated, or otherwise forced on or from anyone else, it is the right to use our common sense to survive and do what has to be done.

    Good luck to all.

  76. i have the Sawyer Mini,but no to have one,as a back up..two is one,and one is your articles

  77. I have a Katadyn backpacking water pump, which I never use anymore since I got a Lifestraw Go water bottle. The straw is great, when you’re at a good water source, but the Go bottle gives you portable filtered water and has the same capacity as the straw (1000 liters)

  78. Just starting out with very low funds. I figured boiling water over a fire would be enough but I guess not! Learning more and more daily, just need to win the lottery. Thanks for the info!

  79. Do not currently have one but my husband and I have recently decided that it is necessary to begin prepping

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