You need water. Clean water free from Giardia Lamblia and Cryptosporidium. The first one is NOT an airport out east and the second one is not Superman’s nemesis, but they’ll sure make you get all funky if you pick them up. There are ways to reduce your exposure to these two gastrointestinal terrorists without filtering the water.
- You can use chemicals (bleach) which work if used correctly but make the water taste like crap
- You can boil the water which takes far more effort and fuel than it sounds. Plus, you always end up with hot water in the middle of a hot summer day.
- There is an ultraviolet system that works after you stir the light in the water for 90 seconds to expose everything to the disruptive UV radiation. Sounds cool until you’ve stirred for 90 really, long seconds. It feels like it takes forever.
Now, what is wrong with all three of the above? What do they do that I really don’t like? No matter which you choose, you will end up with “crunchy” water. All those dead bacteria are floating around in there along with bug wings, bird poop, moose poop, fish poop, and soap from the moron down the shore who thinks she’s bathing in the Ganges River in India. (Doesn’t everybody dump soap and scrub up right in the lake in the Boundary Waters? Rather disgusting habit in my opinion and yet, I have seen it more times than I can count. This is NOT India, you campers-with-no-clue!)
If you use the right filter, you end up with clean, drinkable water and no bug parts, etc., floating around. If you want to see which one I like the best and why, CLICK HERE to Red Rock Outdoors.