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How to Choose a Water Filter for Your Backpacking Trip

By Jeff Wise February 28, 2022

Are you looking for a way to get your hands on purified water when you're hiking? Are you going camping and need to ensure access to something other than a tap or bottle? 

if so then you need to learn all about how to choose a water filter for your backpacking trip. Doing so can help you find a water purifier that's practical, efficient, and trustworthy.

You and your entire group will stay hydrated the entire trip. See below for an in-depth guide on how to choose the best water filter, as well as the benefits of investing in one for your travels.

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How to Choose a Water Filter for Your Backpacking Trip

Perhaps you're going to be backpacking for the first time. Maybe you've had trouble finding clean water on previous trips and want to avoid that scenario again.

Whatever the case might be, it's essential to find a water filter that's equal to the task. But how can you be sure you've found the right one?

First, consider the size of the group you're backpacking with. Each of our water purifier product pages specifies how many people they're suitable for. 

Next, make sure to consider the storage capacity. This Big Berkey Water Filter, for example, has a storage capacity of 2.25 gallons and is perfect for one to four people. 

Pay special attention to what comes included with the filter that you purchase. The aforementioned Big Berkey Water Filter comes with:

  • Upper and lower stainless steel chambers
  • 1 Stainless steel lid
  • 1 Spigot
  • 2 Wingnuts
  • 2 Washers
  • 1 Priming button
  • 2 Black Berkey purification elements
  • 2 Blocking plugs

Consider the sources that you'll retrieve your water as well. Does the water filter purify water from places like ponds, lakes, and streams? 

Lastly, find a water filter that can provide you with clean water without electricity or water pressure. Since those things are accessible in the wild, you don't want to depend on them; even if you're bringing an RV, tent, etc.

Why Should You Choose Berkey?

Do you know what's in the water you're drinking? There are a good number of backpackers out there that drink water from the outdoors without ever considering what the water might contain.

Even something as harmless as a stagnant pond can become a breeding ground for bacteria, cysts, parasites, and other unwanted pathogens in the water.

You need a brand that's tried and true. One that's surpassed all protocols for removing harmful contaminants in your water before you take the first sip.

The Black Berkey Purification Elements go above and beyond all requirements from the Environment Protection Agency.

But here's the best part: Berkey water systems kick all the harmful stuff out while keeping the healthy minerals in. 

The water filter is fast-acting, so you and your entire group will have access to clean water quicker than with other systems.

Berkey water filters also come in a variety of sizes, so that you can accommodate the perfect number of backpackers for the price. They're portable, practical, and don't add too much weight to your haul.

Benefits of Water Filters for Backpacking

As long as you invest in a Berkey water filter, you'll have a terrific way to convert contaminated water into a pure source for hydration.

Let's see below for some of the biggest benefits of water filters for backpacking.

Keeps the Good Stuff In

We just mentioned that Berkey water filters can eliminate harmful viruses while retaining the essential minerals. But what are those essential minerals?

In its purest form, water provides the human body with potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and sodium. All of these are essential for hydration, producing energy, and fighting off disease. 

With a trusted source of pure water, you'll find it easier to avoid fatigue. Water can also help cognitive function in the brain, helping you fight off irritability—very important when backpacking with others!

Travel-Friendly Solution

It doesn't matter whether you're setting up shop in an RV or braving it through with just a backpack, water filters can provide a travel-friendly solution.

Berkey water filters are big in size but made with a practical design and optimal materials. This makes it exceptionally lightweight for its size. 

Find a filter in the optimal size for your backpack. The Tavel Berkey Water Filter holds 1.5 gallons, serves up to 3 people, and only weighs 7 pounds! it's the perfect solution for all you backpackers out there. 

Better yet, each Travel Berkey Water Filter comes with 2 Purification Elements so that you can filter up to 6,000 gallons without having to replace them.

High Return on Your Investment

Regardless of what Berkey water filter you purchase, you're getting the most bang for your buck.

These water filters are made of stainless steel so that they can hold up to the outdoor elements. The Purification Elements can clean thousands of gallons of water before being replaced. 

We also offer travel bundles to make sure you have everything you need for your adventures. Be sure to shop our inventory of water filters to find the perfect solution for your needs.

Invest in a Berkey Water Filter for Your Backpacking Trip

Now that you've seen how to choose a water filter for your backpacking trip, it's time to purchase one for your adventures.

Take a look at all of our Berkey Water Filters to find the right fit for your needs; there are filters and bundles catered to the requests of our clientele.

For any other questions, please feel free to call us at any time. Dial 1-800-392-3321 and we will be happy to assist you in any way that we can.


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