When hunting elk, a day in the field means that you are going to need to find a safe source of drinking water. I used to carry a water bottle that had a built in water purification filter that you had to drink through.
The filter worked but was so hard to drink through that you felt like your head was going to cave in. Not only was it hard to use, but it made it difficult to get enough water to meet my requirements for proper hydration.
I believe that most people know the importance of water. A person can survive weeks without food but without water, you only have 3 to 5 days. Water has to be your greatest concern when preparing for survival.
Because carrying enough water to sustain you and your family is impossible, learning how to purify your drinking water is a necessity. Water can be made safe for drinking in several ways.
You can boil water, use chlorine, iodine tablets, and by using a filtration system. Because your water source may contain sediment, pre filtration is a must. This can be accomplished by using cloth or even paper to catch the suspended particles, you can even use coffee filters.
Care should be made to collect the cleanest water you can so scouting upstream for contaminators like dead animals and feces is a must.
I had an elk hunt cut short by drinking water from a spring that had been contaminated by free ranging cattle. It took weeks of high powered antibiotics before I recovered. No one had ever gotten sick from that spring before.
You will not catch me drinking untreated or unfiltered water again. I recently found the best portable water filter for elk hunting that I am very impressed with. It's called LifeStraw and it makes it easy to drink clean safe water so there are no excuses. It's small and light weight so you can even carry it in your pocket.
The Lifestraw filters up to 1,000 liters of water or 264 gallons. It removes 99.9999% of water born bacteria including E-Coli and 99.9% of waterborn protozoan parasites including Giardia and Cryptosporidium. The filter contains no chemicals, has a very high flow rate and can be stored indefinitely. I wish I had known about this when I got so sick. Oh well, I guess we learn the hard way sometimes.
Lifestraw even has a family filter that can supply your entire family with safe drinking water. This filter works on a gravity feed method and filters up to 18,000 liters of water, (4,750 gallons). It will supply a family of five safe drinking water for up to 3 years.
When you get one of these you're insured that you and your loved ones have safe drinking water in any emergency situation. It will definitely give you peace of mind and that is priceless. It is a small investment that will give you a huge return. I plan on adding the Lifestraw family filter to my arsenal as well. The last thing I want is to be caught without clean drinking water………..no matter what situation I or my family is in.
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