Investing in a good camping water purifier ensures that your camping trip remains a good, safe one, as there's nothing more important than clean water when you're backpacking or camping. Although, when you travel Australia, the official campsites will always notify campers if water from certain tanks is not for human consumption, some campers may decide to choose to bring a camping water purifier in order to be safe rather than sorry.
Camping water purifiers are different from filters: one purifies the water, or kills off impurities, and the other filters out impurities using a fine mesh. Both are good, though if it's viruses you're worried about then purifying is much more effective.
Traveling in foreign countries often involves different water bacteria and sometimes unsafe drinking water. Many camping water purifiers can fit right in your pack or camping box and deliver clean, safe water to you within minutes.
There are different types of camping water purifiers.
First, there are chemical purifiers. You'll see a lot of backpackers with a small container of water purification tablets, such as Aquatabs. These dissolve in the water, killing or neutralizing any harmful organisms. It's advised to use these tablets in water that is at least partly clean as the chemicals can be sopped up by other matter that isn’t harmful before it they get to the bad stuff. You have to wait a bit, usually 20 to 30 minutes, while the tabs dissolve and sometimes the taste is a little less than lovely, but it works.
Another option is using cartridges. Crystal Clear Water makes non-chemical water purifiers that you pump through. The First Need XL Portable Water Purifier is the only EPA certified purifier and protects against bacteria, cysts and viruses. You pour water into a canister and pump it through the purification system into a hose to use for filling up your water bottle.
Cartridges can be quite a bit more expensive than tablets, over a hundred dollars versus about $20, though they usually make the water taste better.
UV stabilization is another way to purify water. These use the shock of ultraviolet light to kill off any unwanted organisms in your water. SteriPEN makes a portable camping water purifier that's easy to pack and purifies water at the rate of half a liter per minute. They're easy to use too. All you have to do is place it in your water bottle or container and press a button, waiting until the green signal which means your water is clean and awaiting!
By using one of these camping water purifiers you're saving yourself the agony and possible hospitalization that so many travelers face from drinking unsafe water. Water purifiers can kill off unwanted bacteria, protozoa, viruses, E. Coli, dysentery, and even cryptosporidium. For those who are unfamiliar with cryptosporidium, thank your lucky stars and be sure to get a camping water purifier. This intestinal tract parasite is hellish.
It's surprising and a bit distressing to hear about how many travelers suffer from the bathroom blues on their overseas vacations. Bottled water is an okay option, but environmentally very unfriendly. Packing water purification tabs or a portable water purifier is environmentally friendly and allows you to clean your water anywhere, at any time. Don't go on holidays without one!