LifeStraw and LifeStraw Go- Safe Drinking Water, Anywhere #Review and #Giveaway

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I grew up in an outdoorsy family, with a love of all things outdoors including camping, hiking and hunting. My great-granddad came to Arizona in a covered wagon in the early 1900’s and growing up was filled with outdoor activities. As an adult, he bought a ranch in Cave Creek, Arizona and another up north in the pines.  He ran a trail ride from the Cave Creek ranch through the Verde River Valley, up north to the other ranch for anyone and everyone who wanted to pay to join him on the adventure. Celebrities, boy scout and girl scout groups, businessmen and fellow cowboys regularly enjoyed the adventures.  His sons- including my granddad- were also cowboys who helped great-granddad run the trail rides. When you’re a cowboy you learn the tricks and trades of the land- where to camp, which trails to take and which to avoid, where the watering holes are…

Great Granddad and Family at the ranchGreat GranddadGreat-granddad passed away just 4 short months before I was born, so sadly I never met him and never got to experience the trail. But his death didn’t stop the hiking, hunting, and camping our family did.

So, fast forward to the early 90’s when my preteen self is on a hunting trip with granddad. Granddad decides to teach me and my brother some important lessons about being in the outdoors, one being how to find good drinking water in the wilderness. Preteen me thinks, “I have my canteen full of water, why can’t I just drink out of it?!” But granddad insists that we are going to conserve our water and learn how to ‘live off the land when necessary’. He proceeds to show us a rock crevice with a pool of water in which there are bugs swimming and tells us to drink out of it. If bugs are living in it, it’s clean and drinkable. I was absolutely repulsed and begged to not have to do it. I’d go without water all day if we needed to conserve our canteen water, just please don’t make me drink out of a pool of water with bugs in it!!! But despite my complaints and begging grandpa insisted it was clean and we would drink out of it. (Remember this story is to the best of my recollection from my preteen, freaked out self, so some details may be wrong or skewed a bit.)  Needless to say, I was a bit traumatized, but I’ve remembered it and thought if for some reason someday I end up stranded without water I might be okay knowing what little I know.

LifeStrawThankfully, LifeStraw® has saved me the horror of possibly having to drink out of bug infested water in the future-if only it had been around 20 years ago and saved me the trauma! LifeStraw lets you drink directly from streams and lakes or from a bottle (LifeStraw® Go).  It converts microbiologically contaminated water into safe drinking water, removing 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria, including E.coli and salmonella, and 99.9% of waterborne parasites.

There is also the LifeStraw Go, a durable, lightweight bottle ideal for a variety of users outside of the home, including hikers, runners and campers, and for everyday consumer use.  It has the LifeStraw in it so you have the same benefits, in bottle form- No matter whether you put lake water or tap water inside, the LifeStraw will filter it for you. 

LifeStraw Go water bottleWe have no RO system at home, and due to typical crazy kids our water dispenser on our fridge is broken so we have no filter there either. So for us at home, it’s plain tap water. I’ve gotten used to the flavor and it doesn’t bother me that much, but having cleaner water to drink is always better. We’re on a road trip right now and the LifeStaw Go has been my travel companion, with it’s own assigned ‘seat’ in my cup holder. I LOVE it! The water tastes fabulous, whether it’s from the tap, a drinking fountain, or a gallon jug of water.  There is no aftertaste at all.

LifeStraw Go TravelDespite my traumatic preteen experience (haha!) that hasn’t stopped me from enjoying the outdoors with grandpa and the rest of our family, my husband and kids included. We still go hunting, camping, and hiking. If you’re a regular reader you know my husband and oldest son went on a Grand Canyon Havasupai hike trip 3 years ago, and the year following our 2 middle kids and myself joined them on the same trip.  We plan on doing the trip again next year with all 4 of our kids.  Both the LifeStraw and LifeStraw Go will be joining us. We have to be very particular about what we pack in our packs and how we pack them; it can’t be too heavy or the 12 mile hike in and out can be misery. The LifeStraw will easily fit in the smallest crevices in our backpacks, and weighing only 2 ounces means it’s plenty lightweight to take along. The LifeStraw Go will easily clip on to the side of the backpack.

We have an emergency food storage backpack, and I’m stoked to have this to add to them as well.  You never know when a natural disaster will occur, and having the LifeStraw and LifeStraw Go available adds peace of mind as well. In fact, LifeStraw technology was originally introduced in 2005 as an emergency response tool to filter water often contaminated following natural disasters. 

LifeStraw is manufactured by Vestergaard, a Swiss-based global company dedicated to improving the health of disadvantaged people with game-changing solutions that fight malaria, HIV/AIDS, diarrheal disease and neglected tropical diseases. The company is the largest producer of long-lasting insecticidal bed nets that prevent malaria under the PermaNet® brand, and its award-winning LifeStraw water filters have been designed for individual, family and community uses.  So it’s no surprise that LifeStraw has started the ‘Follow the Liters’ campaign. Under the ’Follow the Liters’ campaign,  when a consumer purchases any LifeStraw water filter, a portion of the funds are used to provide one school child in Africa with safe drinking water for an entire school year!  Nobody should have to worry about having access to safe drinking water, but in reality, many countries in the world DO have to worry about it.  Thanks to the ‘Follow the Liters’ campaign and YOU, the consumer, someday this may be a problem of the past.

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Would you like to have your own LifeStraw Go? Vestergaard has generously offered one lucky winner their own LifeStraw Go! Giveaway end at 12:01am EST on November 5th and is open to US residents only (no PO Boxes, please). Good luck!

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Comments

  1. I’ve love to use it while hiking…on our next trip to AZ!

  2. Jennifer Y says:

    I would use it on my walks and hopefully hiking mountains around town!!

  3. Well as both my girls are in AHG and my son recently joined Cub Scouts we’ll be doing a fair amount of outdoor activities, like hiking, trash pick ups in parks and camping – this would definitely come in handy during those times as I can’t stand the taste of anything but filtered water.

  4. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    We like to walk. Sometimes it is around a huge flea market. Sometimes exploring a bit of scenery on a road trip. Wherever it is, it would be great to just refill a water bottle without worry.

  5. I would use the water bottle out hiking or spending the day at the park.

  6. Back home in the Philippines when I was young, we get our drinking water directly from deep wells. The water was never tested for contaminants, our town didn’t have the technology but we believe it is safe to drink. We use that water to bathe, cook our food, wash our clothes, hydrate our livestocks… As time went by, the deep well became dirty, murky…the water became undrinkable, unusable. We had to go to another deep well to another town to have access to clean water. We had to walk for miles carrying our pails and water jugs. We start collecting water after school so we can sustain our activities of daily living. Rain or shine, we take our long hikes to get our water. It was a duty that has to be fulfilled, a mission that has to be carried out. When I read about Lifestraw and Lifestraw Go, I remembered how hard it was back then to be able to provide a basic need to your family. I wish to have the Lifestraw Go bottle as a constant reminder to my child, whom I plan on giving it to should I be lucky to win this, to not take for granted one of the things that matter the most, such as safe and clean water. I want her to take it with her to school, her field trips, her hikings and campings…basically everywhere she goes. At this day and age when most people see cellphones and internet as a necessity, it would be nice to have something simple yet sophisticated reminder of what man really do need to have access to at all times. Clean and safe water, we shouldn’t forget, is as important as the air we breathe, the food we eat, the shelter over our heads and the clothes on our backs.

  7. I would use it while camping and hiking

  8. Nancy Loring says:

    I would use this while I was hiking. It would save me space and weight while hiking. I always see a lot of streams and brooks and I could just refill at one of these.

  9. Amanda Alvarado says:

    I have issues with drinking even our faucet water since it all comes from the Rio Grande River with the factories in Mexico right across the river dumping who knows what into it so this would go with me everywhere. I could refill it from water fountains or sinks and not have to worry about whether I remembered to refill my water bottle from our filtered water at home!

  10. I would give it to my mom who travels constantly for work and is often in places where the drinking water is not the safest.

  11. I would use it while hiking.

  12. Marti Tabora says:

    I would use this when I go to Honduras, sometimes there are places there where the water is questionable or there is not any readily available. This would be perfect for that.

  13. I would go jogging or running with it

  14. Michele P says:

    we would love to use this when we go hiking and on nature walks.

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