If you enjoy watching survival experts like Bear Grylls or Ed Stafford strut their stuff on television, but you can’t help but think perhaps they’re just a bit more well-versed on the subject than you are, your worries are over. The Life Straw is a product that can actually save your life if you’re ever out in the wild, but it also has its uses in urban life, as well.

You might be familiar with water filters you can use at home, either in pitcher form or the type you connect directly to your tap. This straw functions the same way, but it’s light and portable; you can keep it in your pocket so you’re always prepared to filter your water, whether from a drinking fountain or a mud puddle.

Because it works as you drink, you can be quenching your thirst immediately instead of waiting hours for delicious purified water to drip down from the filter. It’s also much smaller than those filtered bottles; all the more reason to carry one everywhere you go!

The filter doesn’t need to be changed periodically like most alternatives, and the Life Straw can filter an astonishing 1000 litres of water in its lifetime before needing to be replaced. That comes out to around three good years of usage even if you’re drinking your recommended eight glasses a day through the straw.

Filtering out 99.9999% (that’s a lot of nines!) of water-based bacteria, it leaves very little remaining of which you should be afraid. Just good, clean water, and 0.0001% of bacteria which, really, will only put hair on your chest.

It can be used to filter out water from practically any source – swamp water, stagnating ponds, muddy lakes – but it cannot be used to filter out sea water. Bear this in mind if you plan to become lost at sea, but otherwise, the Life Straw is a fantastic product for most worldly or urban exploration.

Products often seem too good to be true, but this is the real deal. This is a handy little tool to have in your arsenal, whether you think you might be lost in the wilderness, or just in the sprawl of the city. HAPPY drinking!

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