This is the ultimate ease in water purification: treatment drops and tablets.
Rarely do we mention a specific brand for a specific product and tell you to buy it. But for water treatment drops, you can’t do better than the droplet bottles from Aquamira.
They make it really easy for you to kill off the big guys (Giardia and Cryptosporidium). It takes about 20 minutes, has a shelf life of 4 years, and comes in little 1oz bottles.
Drop some drops from Bottle A and Bottle B into the provided top. Let it sit for a few minutes to let science do its magic, then pour the mixture into your water. Shake it up, wait 15 more minutes, and you’re good to go. No fire, no metal pot, just drops and your water bottle.
It won’t look as impressive to your kids, and it won’t filter out dirt, but you can hike easy knowing you tossed them in your pack.
That’s what it’s all about, though, right? Knowing you and your kids can do it caveman-style and still survive, but also pulling out a filter straw or treatment drops so you can get back to that adventure real quick.
This isn’t even the full list of ways to clean your water. Next time that plant-fan in your family has a science project due, have them look into purifying water with cilantro, banana peels, and plum seeds. It’s pretty crazy what nature can do.
Drink more water!