Camping is one of the most rewarding and fun activities to do outdoors. With our hectic lives taking us every which way and keeping us going faster than ever, getting out into nature is very important. There is nothing like simplifying your life and taking a relaxing weekend. Even though camping can be very relaxing, it takes a lot of preparation to make sure that everything goes well. Part of that preparation is making sure your pack has all of the essentials in it. Make sure you know just where you are going and include a map of the area in your pack. Even if your campsite does not allow fires, make sure to bring some matches or another means of starting fire just in case something goes wrong.
Also always include a first aid kit with supplies unique to where you are going. For example, if you will be camping in the desert, you should include items that help with snake bites and sunburns, but if you are going into the mountains, your first aid kit should include lotion to help with poisonous plants or mosquito bites. But perhaps the most important item you need to include in your pack is water. It does not matter if you will be in the desert or the mountains, you will need water on a camping trip. But if you have ever had to pack in water for an entire weekend, you know just how heavy it can get. You should have at least a gallon of water per person per day. That can add a lot of weight to your pack, but taking a portable water filter can really help.
A typical portable water filter weighs a fraction of the weight of a gallon of water, and can be used to filter a large amount of water. The advantage is obvious: you do not have to pack in any water. The only problem is that taking a portable water filter limits where you can actually camp because you always need to be near a body of water. It should not be too much of a problem though, because most good campsites have a small lake or stream nearby. The first camping trip I went on with a portable water filter was in the Sawtooth Mountains in central Idaho. My friends and I decided that it would be fun to hike into a high mountain lake and stay there for a few days. The hike in was about five miles, which is a long way to pack in water, so we pooled our money and bought a nice portable water filter.
Our hike was still hard, but it was much easier because all we just had to pack in empty jugs to hold our water. Our water filter worked with a pumping action, so we would simply pump the lake water through the filter and into our containers. There are many other methods that people use to filter water on camping trips. One tried and true way to filter water is to heat boil it for a few minutes. While this method kills all of the bacteria, it does not get rid of any particles that are in the water. There are also chemical treatments that filter the water, but they have the same disadvantage as boiling. Portable water filters are by far the fastest and most efficient way of filtering water in the wilderness. It gets rid of any bacteria and also takes out any particles. Your filtered high mountain lake water will taste like pristine bottled water with the help of a portable water filter.