Posted September 25, 2017
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By Emily Woodbury
After years of hiking, backpacking and camping, I was thrilled to learn about a little (and magical) company called LifeStraw. A LifeStraw is a high-tech straw used to filter out 99.9999 percent of waterborne bacteria and 99.9 percent of waterborne protozoan parasites in any body of water, making most of it drinkable. Fill up a bottle from a stream, river, lake, etc., and drink through the LifeStraw. You’ll get clean, fresh (and usually cold) drinking water. The biggest plus for me is not having to carry extra water with me when I’m outside for hours at a time.
LifeStraw was developed in 1994 to filter out Guinea worm larvae from contaminated water. After a few years, the use of the filter had almost eradicated the disease. In 2005, the LifeStraw straw was created and was designed to help people in developing countries get fresh water. Other LifeStraw products were designed to filter larger quantities of water, but the little straw remains the most popular.
I USED MY LIFESTRAW for the first time a few weeks ago. I hike often and am usually a good judge about how much water to bring. On this particular 12-mile hike I had a bad cough, and ended up needing much more water than I brought along. Luckily, I had my straw. Halfway up I refilled my 55-oz. water bottle with water from a rushing creek and then sucked it through my LifeStraw, which provided me with drinking water for the rest of the hike. I was sold. My next hike, a week later, I brought minimal water and used my LifeStraw the whole way. My backpack was pounds lighter, and my water was never warm.
If you have friends or family affected by any of the recent storms, send them a LifeStraw. If you’re an avid outdoor enthusiast, like me, buy a LifeStraw. If you live or travel in remote areas where you could be stranded in your car or RV, keep a LifeStraw handy.
Purchase a LifeStraw from Amazon for about $20 or click here to visit the company’s website and view other products.
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King adding new powerful Wi-Fi extender for RVs
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Nesting lunch pot set by design firm Black+Blum
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Waterless trap for your RV plumbing system
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What is the experience Class A owners are having with battery tenders ? Do they work ?
I would like to k ow what you recommend a rv gps
Caravan’s highly concentrated, bio-enzymatic formula is guaranteed to remove the debris causing your tanks to misread. No driving necessary. No dangerous chemicals. No strong odors. Perfect for full-timers and permanently parked RVs
you advertise this BUT.. Amazon does not know if it will ever be available
Thanks for the heads up, RayK. It was available when we had checked previously. We have a call in to the company to see what the status is on future availability. We’ll update the ad in the newsletter accordingly, but appreciate your calling this to our attention in the meantime. 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com
As of noon PST Wed., RayK, there are 8 bottles in stock. I’m not sure when they’ll be getting more in. Better hustle if you want some. 😉 Thanks again for alerting us. 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com
How about some info on using portable water softeners for folks who snowbird in the Southwest, and other areas, where water is hard?