Life Straw Water Filter – Travel Light With A Super Survival Straw

Get Your Drink On With The Life Straw Personal Water Filter


There are a lot of great survivalist water filters out there but we’ve chosen to review one of our favorites, the popular Life Straw Personal Water Filter.

If you find your water bottle on empty, there’s no need to panic! With your Life Straw Personal Water Filter ready at hand, you just need to locate your nearest pond or puddle, and you’re only a suction away from a mouthful of clean and safe H20.

This filter is perfect for bug out or survival kits or if you’re heading out for a long backcountry hike, and our top choice if you’re looking for a highly effective and super portable water filter that can be used during emergencies or simply to make a camping trip a lot easier.  And at only $19.95 and lasting up to a year and over, depending on how regularly you use it, we think it’s great value for money as well.

Below are the top reasons we at Sinky Drinky give this wonder straw a thumbs up and our full recommendation.

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Highly Effective in Removing Bacteria

The Life Straw Personal Water Filter  is considered one of the most effective filters on the market when it comes to drinking potentially contaminated water without fear. Not only does it surpass EPA drinking water standards but NGOs worldwide use it regularly as an emergency response tool to help communities affected by natural disasters.

That’s because it contains a highly effective filter when it comes to removing bacteria from water. Using advanced 0.2 micron hollow fiber membrane technology (that’s super tiny) it has proven to remove 99.9999% of bacteria, including Escherichia coli, Vibrio cholerae, Salmonella typhi, and 99.9% of protozoan cysts including cryptosporidium parvum, and giardia lamblia. Yup, that’s a lot of hard-to-pronounce bacteria that we’re glad is not in our water.

Getting hit by a gurgling bout of diarrhea mid-hike is no one’s idea of fun, and it’s certainly one of my biggest concerns when it comes to drinking water out of a local watering hole shared by wildlife.

Having been eager to test-run the Life Straw Personal Water Filter, I’ve taken it out during the last couple of hikes I’ve ventured on over the last few months. I spent a couple of days in the beautiful Lake District last month, where I had the perfect opportunity to try it out in the many local streams shared by the local sheep that roamed freely around the hills.

I can happily say that I  had no tummy trouble at all and feel very confident dipping into a muddy stream when I need to.

In fact, users of the Life Straw have test-run it by sticking theirs in everything from a sink of dirty dishes  and toilet water to old wells in the middle of nowhere and snow melt in the Rockies, with no sickness or bad taste to report!

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The Life Straw also contains no BPA or other chemicals like iodine that can often leave a funny aftertaste by other water filters.

Simple To Use and Great Value for Money

Another reason we love the Life Straw is because it’s so straightforward to use and a breeze to travel around with.

To use the Life Straw, you simply uncap it, stick it in your water source, and suck. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

Some users have reported that it can be a little tough getting the water flowing. I initially found that with mine but then read the instructions again!

If you’re using the filter for the first time or if it’s completely dry, it helps to prime it first by submerging half of the straw vertically in water for about 20 seconds. Make sure to keep the mouthpiece clear of the water to ensure it doesn’t get contaminated.

It will be good to go and the flow rate is pretty good.

It’s also super easy to clean! Each time you’re done sipping, remove any dirty water and avoid any clogging by simply blowing hard through the mouthpiece. And then make sure to cap both ends.

At only $19.95, we think it’s great value for money. Filtering up to 1000 liters (264 gallons) of contaminated water, it would last you a year if you were to use it everyday. And for most, if you only take it out for camping or hiking trips, that means it lasts even longer.

Another plus is that it’s also pretty easy to tell when its reached its shelf-life. You’ll notice that the flow rate will be reduced and it will stop pulling water. You will know it’s time to replace your Life Straw.

Oh So Portable


One of the best things about the Life Straw Personal Water Filter is that it’s so small and light that you can take it anywhere! A must-have if you’re an avid hiker or camper as it hardly takes up any space in your backpack and you can even hang it around your neck!

Weighing in at only 2oz, and at 9 inches long and 1 inch wide in diameter, it’s a more preferable option if you’re looking to travel light. It means you can leave behind the heavy water bottles as long as you know there are water sources wherever you’re headed.

One tip, if you want to use it with a water bottle – make sure that the neck of the water bottle is wide enough to accommodate the straw.

There are also no batteries to replace and no fiddly bits to break, something which makes its even more convenient to use.

It Saves Lives!

In addition to being highly effective, this product is just cool. Time Magazine named it the “Best Invention of the Year” in 2005 after it was created and in 2008  it won the Saatchi and Saatchi Award for “World Changing Ideas”. The first of its kind, the Life Straw Personal Water has helped thousands without access to clean drinking water.

Used widely by NGOs as an emergency response tool to help communities affected by natural disasters for example, Life Straws were distributed following Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and more recently the earthquake that shook Equador this year.

Hurricanes, earthquakes, floods and other natural disasters can easily contaminate water supplies and cause the spread of water-borne diseases  if clean water is not quickly made available.

For those living in areas that are prone to natural disasters, the Life Straw is a useful little filter to have stowed in your bug out or survival kit. Keep it at home for emergencies or one in your car. If you’re driving cross country it might come in handy – you just never know!

The Negatives

If you’re looking for a long-term water filter that does it all, you may want something more heavy duty than the Life Straw. For example, while it’s extremely effective in removing bacteria and preventing water-borne illnesses, it does not remove chemicals, salt water, heavy metals and viruses. 

However, we can’t really fault the LifeStraw Personal Water Filter. If you’re looking to quickly relieve a parched throat in an emergency situation, the Life Straw more than holds its own in helping to provide clean and safe drinking water that will tide you over until you can find a more permanent water source. Developed initially as a life-saving device, it certainly does what it says on the tin.

Another disadvantage is that you cannot store filtered water. 

If you are looking for something that removes viruses as well as able to store water, then read our review on the LifeStraw Mission Water Filter.

Our Verdict 

We love it and give it a 7/10. A great and world changing invention, the Life Straw Personal Water Filter is a fantastic choice for hikers or campers who want to travel light, as well as those looking to add to their survival kits in case of any unexpected emergencies.

A high quality product that definitely gives you its money’s worth and more.

If you would like to check an alternative to the LifeStraw, you can also read our 8/10 review on The Sawyer Mini – How Does it Fare Against the LifeStraw.

You can check out other user reviews as well as purchase it here.


Good Things

  • Removes 99.9999 bacteria
  • Removes 99.99 protozoa
  • Filters 1000 litres (264 gallons)
  • Ultra portable
  • A potential life saver in emergency situations
  • Super affordable

Bad Things

  • Does not remove chemicals, salt water, heavy metals and viruses.
  • No way to store filtered water for later