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 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.
Thankfully, 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.
We 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.
Despite 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.
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!