Safe Drinking on Outdoor Adventures: The Benefits of a Straw Water Filter

Safe Drinking on Outdoor Adventures: The Benefits of a Straw Water Filter

by S. Easton

April 25, 2023

Spring officially started March 20, 2023 this year. In many parts of the country, however, winter won’t let go and is holding a firm grip on the daily weather. In spite of the chilly temps and cloudy skies, here and there a hardy wildflower pops into bloom. We understand if you venture out to the desert areas, there’s a ‘super bloom’ of cactus and regional plants that will impress you with an abundance of colorful flowers. The reason for all this gorgeous flower explosion of course, is the excessive rain and snow almost the entire country experienced. Here in California, the Sierra Mountains had over 700” of snow, breaking long standing records. No, that’s not a typo… 700 inches of snow! So, look forward to some vibrant outdoor adventures. Let’s take a look at what you need to be equipped for some fabulous treks – a good backpacking water filter, for starters.

As you prepare your first (and many future) hiking or backpacking trips, always include adequate supplies of the “Big Three”, being food, shelter and water. Water being the most important element to incorporate into all outdoor adventures.

The Versatile XStream™ Water Filter

That’s where the XStream Water Filter straw comes in. This small but mighty straw water filter is convenient, lightweight and compact. It’s both a straw from which to drink and a pump so you can direct the stream of water to fill a canteen, wash dishes or wash dirty 5 year old hands that love to play in the mud. The hand operated spray pump (no batteries needed) allows you to share water. It’s also handy to wash food, hands and that child that has more peanut butter and jelly on her face than in her tummy. There’s no big, clumsy pump, usually requiring two hands to operate. The XStream™ water filter is lightweight… It only weighs 5 ounces and 9 ounces including the pump. It’s compact, so it won’t take up valuable space in your backpack and you can even tuck it into your pocket. Yes, it’s the perfect backpacking water filter. And it will be your favorite piece of camping gear for any adventure.

Xstream water dispenser

To make it easy and comfortable to use, the mouthpiece comes with a 24” straw, making it simple to toss the filter over the side of a kayak and take a drink of cool water from that lake you’re paddling. To make it even more convenient, it has a 2 foot extension, so you have a total of 4 feet in length to access any creek or stream easily. No need to lay on your tummy and get soaking wet to finally get a drink of water.

Best Possible Emergency Water Filtration System

Ultralight backpacking water filterThe Sagan Life® filter straw is actually an emergency water filtration system in itself, filtering up to 250 gallons of the most contaminated water. The Xstream water filter has been tested by an independent laboratory to meet and exceed EPA standards and removes 99.9999% bacteria, such as E.coli, 99.99% protozoan and 99.99% virus without the use of iodine, chlorine or any other chemicals. So, whether you’re in New Delhi or New York, you can safely drink any non-salt water with confidence.

This X-Stream water dispenser should be at the top of your “Big Three” packing list. Every camper, hiker and backpacker should have one. Each one of your children should have their own water filter straw. Heaven forbid, but if your child wanders off in the backcountry, at least they can access any stream or creek they come upon and have clean, safe drinking water until you find them. It could save their life.

Get your camping gear out, shine it up for the new adventures ahead and make sure you have everything you need; especially the Sagan Life® XStream™ Water Filter Straw.