About the Life Straw

At the time of writing, the LifeStraw brand of products are in the hands of over 13 million people. The LifeStraw is a personal water filtration system that can be used to filter up to 1,000 litres of water (260 gallons); or enough water for a year for one person. The LifeStraw was oringally developed as a solution to help people in developing nations get access to cleaner drinking water.

The LifeStraw’s filters have gained emense popularity with the prepper and survivalist community as a tool that just might save your life. While the amount of water that a single straw can dfilter is very impressive, LifeStraw also manufactures a family sized life straw which can filter through over 18,000 gallons of water essentially providing safe, clean drinking water for a family of 5 for up to 3 years!

What We Liked

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Out of the box the life straw doesn’t look like much, and that’s really the point. The straw measures less than an inch wide and less than 9″ long, making it the ideal water filtration system for any traveller or outdoorsman.

The straw outperforms the EPA’s standard of water filtration, removing 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria contaminats. Where this filter scores high marks with us is that it filters out all that without the use of iodine, cholorine, and other potentially harmful chemicals.

What We Didn’t


There’s very little we didn’t like. The straw fits into most peoples survival plan but there are a few convience factors that may play into your purchase decision. While the straw is small, it’s still too thick to fit into the neck of standard water bottles and cantees (A Nalgeen Should Work Fine).

This may make the straw somewhat useless if you’re not going to be near a clean bank to get close enough to the waters edge to draw out of. So if you’re going on a backpacking trip and are for sure not going to be, a tablet filter may be better suited for you.

Who’s The LifeStraw for?

The LifeStraw is probably the #1 tool to keeping you alive in life threatening outdoor situations making it the ideal tool for Hikers, Backpackers, and Preppers alike.

The LifeStraw is compact enough to fit into any backpackers bag, and even makes a great companion for day hikes as you don’t have to lug around a bottle water. When it comes to building your bugout bag, the lifestraw needs to be one of the first, if not THE first, thing you pack.

Our Ratings

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