Outdoor Water Filter

Outdoor Water Filter


outdoor water purification


Outdoor Water Filters

If you love the great outdoors as much as I do, then having a good outdoor water filter is a must. Backpacking Water Filter units are easy to carry, small in size and can give you safe and clean drinking water from any outdoor source, like a lake, river, stream, waterfall, creek or pond. These are usually filters that can transform muddy water, with sediment and microbes into drinking water that won’t give you Montezuma’s Revenge.


There are a few types of water filters that are great for when you are outdoors and need to be able to filter water from mother nature’s natural sources. These are portable type water purifiers that will make outdoor water sources safe to drink. I keep one just for an emergency, besides the one I use when I go hiking.  Here are the most common types of outdoor water filter units:

  • Backpacking Water Filter
  • Camping Water Filter
  • Hiking Water Filter
  • UV Water Purifier

You can use any of these water purifiers to have access to clean and safe drinking water wherever you are.


outdoor water filter 

Backpacking Water Filter

A good backpacking water filter is a manual one, that requires no electricity. Also known as a manual pump filter. These use pressure from a pumping action to draw dirty water into the filter and force it through the microfilter that only allows small water molecules to pass through. It rejects the larger things like sediment and microbes.


My favorite is the Katadyn Pocket Water Filter (the one the guy backpacking in the picture above is actually using). It is by far the best and most sturdy, and needs no electricity to operate and give you ultra clean and pure drinking water. There are also other specific types of filters that can be used along with these backpacking outdoor water filters.



Most backpacking ones can be used for hiking, and camping ones can be a little larger and more heavy duty. They can all be used in case of any emergency and should be in your travel pack, day pack or other area where you can get to it when you need to. There are also UV (ultraviolet water purifiers) that don’t actually filter the water, just make it safe to drink by zapping away any microbes like giardia or e-Coli. You need ease of access and lightness when backpacking. 


berkey water filter


Camping Water Filter

Camping Water Filters are similar to backpacking ones, as they are still usually light and portable. The can be a little bigger as you are not usually lugging them around like the backpacking or hiking water filters. My favorite filters for camping are the gravity water filters like the Big Berkey Water Filter. Strong and sturdy and built to last. 


You fill the upper chamber with the water you need to purify and it will fill the bottom chamber with highly purified drinking water. They are very powerful filters that last a very long time. You can even get spare parts if you happen to accidentally run it over, or it gets mauled by a bear, lol. 




Hiking Water Filter

When I go hiking, usually a day hike, I prefer to just use my Sport Berkey Water Bottle filter because I won’t be out that long. I still like to have a ultraviolet filter just in case though. The UV filters are small enough to fit in my pocket. I can easily carry both around without a lot of hassle and enjoy my hike. Either way I will have access to clean drinking water from any source if needed.


hiking water filters


UV Water Purifier

UV Water Purifiers basically expose water to ultraviolet light which effectively sterilizes it from microbes that can make you sick. They can fit in the palm of your hand and can recharge with a USB port. They work well, although I still prefer a bottle type filter and my UV Steripen. The main takeaway is that you have at least one of these good filters in your emergency kit, backpack or RV that you can use when you don’t have any access to clean drinking water from normal sources.