Why A Camping Filter Needs To Be In Your Gear Bag


Clean Looking Water
Just because it looks clean and tastes clean doesn’t mean it IS clean…

Just because you’ve found a source of fresh water is no guarantee that you are safe from dehydration.  This is both a critical piece of insight to take to heart before venturing into the great outdoors and a hard lesson learned for thousands of campers throughout the world.

At our online store, we specialize in filters and filtration products that make your water taste better, fresher and cleaner.  But when it comes to our selection of camping filters, the benefits go much deeper than better taste.

Quite simply, any source of untreated water in the wild is a potential home to a number of bacteria and viruses, including Cryptosporidium and Giardia.

The CDC offers this resource for backpackers sharing more about where these bacteria derive from and what they do to your body.  Those more curious about these down and dirty details are welcome to click on the link above.

67005 Aquamira Frontier Emergency Water Filter SystemThose accustomed to reading between the lines need to know only this: when your body comes into contact with these contaminants, it will expel them in every way possible.  In the process, your body will also lose a ton of water, very quickly transforming that source of drinking water you found into the root cause of your dehydration.

So how does a camping filter help if the job of a water filter is primarily to improve taste?  This is where the deeper benefits come into play.

Take for example the Aquamira Frontier Emergency Water Filter System, pictured to the left, in use below and available for purchase here. Aquamira Frontier Emergency Water Filter System In UseThis is a basic, $10 camping filter that is, essentially, a straw.  For up to 20 gallons of use, this straw will reduce 99% of Cryptosporidium and Giardia, in addition to unpleasant taste and odor, from virtually any water source.   For anyone embarking on a short hike or backpacking trip, this is a lightweight addition to your bag that will do more to keep you safe than just about anything else you carry with you.

While this $10 filter is an ideal camping filter for shorter backpacking journeys, longer or medium length trips may need a little bit more in terms of filter life.  For those preparing for longer camping trips, we’re happy to offer everything from water pumps in the $30 range to mini-microfiltration systems from Katadyn in the $100 range.  While larger in size than a simple filter straw, these types of systems will still tuck nicely into a gear bag and be ready to provide you with anywhere from 100 to 500 gallons of drinking water, all virtually free of the contaminants that can result in dehydration. 8014931 Katadyn Vario Backcountry Series Microfilter Water Filter(Several of these Katadyn microfilters pictured, in fact, were donated by our store to members of Safari Club International as they embarked on humanitarian Blue Bag Drops in Costa Rica.  Each drop delivered portable water filtration equipment, like the Katadyn camping filter systems, to families in areas suffering from extreme water contamination issues.)

Finally, for those going on longer excursions with larger groups or families, we are also happy to offer surprisingly portable countertop ceramic filtration systems from Doulton (pictured below) and larger Expedition Systems.  Before clicking through to these products, note that these are in the price range of $200 – $1,500.  These are hard-core systems for hard-core journeys.

As our purpose in sharing this information is to educate you on the risks of untreated water and share potential solutions, rather than simply trying to sell you camping filters, it’s important to note that a great deal of the water you’ll find in the great outdoors is safe to drink – especially at higher elevations.  W9361122 Doulton Countertop Water Filter SystemREI shares this information in its article on understanding the risks you’ll face when backpacking.  That said, this same article also informs readers that even if the risk of infection from contaminated drinking water is small, it is a risk that should be avoided.  As Steven Bower of North Country Canoe Outfitters reminds us, when deep in the great outdoors, you are your own primary care physician.  And as every primary care physician has said since the beginning of time, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

‘Be Prepared’ is a simple, two-word mission statement that’s been shared with virtually every Boy Scout.  Barring any copyright issues, it’s a statement that could also find itself at home on virtually any type of camping filter, from a gravity pump to a filter straw.  If you are about ready to hit up the great outdoors for one last summer excursion, I urge you to let us help you be prepared with a camping filter both perfectly suited for your gear bag and perfectly priced for your wallet.

See our full selection of camping filters, most of which will ship FREE same day, by visiting our online store.  If you need help or have any questions, I invite you to leave a comment below or to call our customer service team at 1-800-277-3458.

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How You Can Support Clean Water For Every Life On This Planet: Q&A With Safari Club International’s Dale Bruder


Large Cats Depend On Clean Drinking WaterClean water is critical to the sustainability of every life on our planet.  The awful truth, though, is that clean water is inaccessible by nearly one billion people, leading to more than three million deaths per year.  A silver lining to this fact is that there is also an unprecedented opportunity to improve the lives of up to one billion people, and in a very real sense, save millions of lives yearly.

Dale Bruder, President of the Lake Superior Chapter of the Safari Club International (SCI,) understands this fact implicitly.  Bruder knows that clean water shortages impact more than just our world’s human residents, but every life on our planet – large and small, two-legged and four-legged.  As such, his organization supports several humanitarian efforts that help to bring clean water to those people in need throughout the world, while also advocating for the protection of a spectacular array of wildlife.

This weekend, April 11-12, Bruder and his organization will be hosting their 16th Annual Hunter’s Banquet and fundraiser in Hinckley, MN.  While he worked to finalize preparations for this event, Bruder sat down with us to share how the humanitarian efforts of the SCI can help save countless lives – and countless species – throughout the world.

[At the bottom of this post is a link sharing how you can donate to the SCI’s mission, if you are unable to attend this weekend’s event.]

For our readers that are unfamiliar with the Safari Club International, could you please share a brief summary of your organization and its mission?

The Safari Club International (SCI) is the largest organization in the world dedicated to protecting hunters’ rights and traditions, preserving wildlife through good conservation practices, educating our youth and the non-hunting public, and doing humanitarian deeds for the less fortunate.

You mention the worldwide humanitarian efforts deployed by the SCI.  What types of projects have you seen deployed to date and what type of results have you seen these efforts achieve?

Our “Hunters Against Hunger” initiative has provided thousands of pounds of processed venison to the less fortunate so they can eat protein-rich meat.  We also have a very active “Make A Wish” type hunting program that is available for disabled and terminally ill children.  We support our wounded veterans by helping to fulfill their wishes to go on hunts that they aren’t able to do on their own.

Another initiative we are proud to support is the Blue Bag Drop program, where our members that are traveling overseas deliver blue bags filled with health aids for children and adults and items needed for the hungry.  Oftentimes these blue bags will include portable water filtration equipment to be brought into those areas where clean water is not always a given.

Our store has helped to support the SCI Blue Bag Drops, providing some of the portable water filtration equipment SCI members bring with them on their journeys.  How many Blue Bag Drops have been deployed to date – and overall – how many lives have been positively impacted through these efforts?

Safari Club International - Blue Bag DropI do not have the exact figure, but it is in the hundreds for the number of bags delivered and in the thousands of lives impacted.

[Ed. Note: DiscountFilterStore.com is proud to support the SCI Blue Bag Drops through the donation of portable water filtration equipment, including our Katadyn camping filters.  The photo to the left, from a story published in a recent SCI newsletter, shows one of the Blue Bag Drops we supported, in partnership with the Safari Club International, Safari Care Legacy Fund and Global Water Drops.  Look closely and you’ll see the Katadyn Vario filter we donated, sitting atop the bag.

For those attending this weekend’s fundraiser in Hinckley, please look for a Blue Bag filled with water filtration equipment at the event’s auction.]

Clean water is critical for every life on our planet, making it a natural cause for the SCI to align itself with.  From your perspective, how would you describe this alignment between protecting clean water and protecting wildlife?

They go hand in hand.  As you said, clean water is critical for humans and animals alike.  Both will drink contaminated water if thirst drives them to it.  Then they become ill and that spreads disease and death among their respective species.

What type of opportunities would our readers have to become involved with the SCI or to support its humanitarian missions?

Go to any local member or local chapter and ask how to become involved.  Go to any chapter’s fundraiser and join the organization.  There is also a National website to get more information: www.scifirstforhunters.org.

Of course, we would also love to see everyone at this weekend’s fundraiser in Hinckley where they can learn about our organization first-hand, in addition to offering the donations that will allow us to continue our good work.

For registration information for the 16th annual Hunter’s Banquet and fundraiser, hosted on April 11th – 12th in Hinckley, MN by the Lake Superior Chapter of the SCI, visit this page on the chapter’s website.  You may also donate to support the mission of the SCI by visiting their contribution page on their national website.

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