LifeStraw Mission – The Perfect Camping Water Filter!


Better hang it out of reach of any thirsty bears.

Here at Sinky Drinky we love the great outdoors and the LifeStraw Mission Water Purifier is our top choice for ensuring that we have clean and safe drinking water on the go.

So easy to use, all you need to do is fill it up from the nearest local watering hole, string it up to a tree, and let gravity and its advanced filtering mechanism do the rest!

Coming from the same family as one of other personal favorites, the world-renowned LifeStraw Personal Water Purifier, the LifeStraw Mission is a great option if you’re traveling as a group and looking for a multi-person water purifier.

Unlike the Straw, which is the preferable option if you’re looking to travel ultra-light, the LifeStraw Mission allows you to store water with a storage capacity of either 12L (3.1 gallon), retailing at  $129.95 or 5L (1.3 gallon)  at $120.11.

Although this might seem a little on the pricey side, we think it’s well worth it. Highly durable and no shelf-life, you simply can’t beat this one of a kind and highly rated water purifier.

Used worldwide by NGOs helping communities respond to natural disasters such as tsunamis and earthquakes, the LifeStraw Mission has given us a mission to provide a review of this great product.

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Here are the top reasons why we love it:

Removes Bacteria AND VIRUSES!

A little more heavy duty than the Personal LifeStraw, which removes bacteria only, the LifeStraw Mission also removes viruses which can also be found lurking in your water.

Like its brother, it removes 99.9999% of bacteria, 99.99% of protozoa. On top of that, it gets rid of 99.999% of viruses! That’s pretty thorough.

Nasties in you water can include bacteria such as Escherichia coli, Vibrio cholerae, Salmonella typhi, and protozoan cysts such as cryptosporidium parvum, and giardia lamblia, which can lead to illnesses such as to diarrhea, cholera, cryptosporidium,, dysentery and giardiasis.

We don’t know about you, but coming down with tummy crippling diarrhea is definitely one of the top things we wouldn’t want interrupting a camping trip, aside from a bear showing up unannounced.

And unlike other portable water purifiers, this compact system also removes viruses such as hepatitis, gastroenteritis, meningitis, fever, rash, and conjunctivitis.

With the LifeStraw Mission, you can be rest assured. Its highly advanced filtering mechanism ensures your water is almost entirely cleansed of all those baddies.

It’s SUPER EASY to Use and Clean

Comprising a large and extremely durable BPA-free polyurethane water bag, a pre-filter, hose and a water-purifier, the LifeStraw Mission Water Purifier is so easy to use. You don’t have to worry about boiling water or any pumps or batteries, which so many other water purifiers rely on to supply clean and safe drinking water.

Its pre-filter, which screws into the bottom of the water bag and filters sediment and larger particulates out of the water before it passes through the purifier.

Step 1: Simply dunk the roll-bag reservoir in whichever fresh water source, such as the nearest stream or creek. Make sure you don’t fill it past the white line, as you the water will overflow.

Step 2: Roll up and the neck and secure and string it up to the nearest tree branch at your base camp. Just make sure it’s sturdy enough!

Step 3: Insert the hose which connects the “dirty” water bag to the purifier element.


Looks like something in a doctor’s kit, but we assure you this is actually a water filter.

Step 4: Prime the filter by opening the red dirty water valve, which controls the flow of dirty water, for about 10 seconds to help get rid of any air bubbles. Never consume water from this tap, as the water is still contaminated.

Step 5: Open the blue clean water valve, which controls the flow of the clean and purified water. Gravity will do the rest, pushing the water down the hose to the filter’s super-filtration membrane. The walls of the hollow fibers are dotted with super tiny 0.02 micron pores, which prevent the bacteria, protozoa and viruses from exiting into your awaiting glass or water bottle.

Step 6: Cleaning the LifeStraw Mission is just as easy. Simply squeeze the squishy red bulb to backwash your system and then open the red dirty water valve to release the dirty water.

High Volume – A Whole Lotta Water!

With the capacity to purify 18,000 liters (4,755 gallons) over its lifetime, the multi-person LifeStraw Mission will last you and your family an endless supply of water for an endless number of camping trips.

If you’re a group of 3 and under, you may prefer to opt for the 5L version. But any more than 3 people, and the 12L version would be more suitable.

Filled with water, the 12L weighs 15 pounds and the 5L version, 13oz. Coming with a shoulder strap, it allows for easy carrying to and fro.

It’s flow rate is also pretty decent, producing between of 9-12 liters (2.4-3.2 gallons) per hour.

A tip, a good idea is to have a large container waiting at the bottom to store the clean water so you don’t need to wait around every time you need purified water. If the container has a narrow neck, a water funnel may also help.

A Top Notch Survival and Emergency Filter


Sling it over your shoulder and away you go!

Durable, lightweight and portable, the LifeStraw Mission Water Purifier is perfect to stow at home for any potential emergency situations or for a camping trip with friends or family. With no expiry date, batteries or moving parts like many other water filters or purifiers, it makes life that much more simple.

Used worldwide by NGOs to assist communities dealing with contaminated water systems following a natural disaster for instance, it’s a well-trusted and reliable product that would also make a more than worthy addition to your bug out or camping kit.

The Drawbacks

The only real drawback is that it doesn’t remove chemicals such chlorine, heavy metals such as copper or zinc, as well as salt form salt water.

It’s also worth highlighting that the LifeStraw Mission is not intended to be carried from base camp to base camp, but rather strung up at one and emptied before moving on. That’s because it isn’t 100% sealable up top.

Our Verdict

The LifeStraw Mission Water Purifier  is a great choice if you’re looking for a highly effective and portable water purifier for two and more people traveling or camping outdoors.

Its durability and high-volume capacity makes it the perfect filter if you’d like to ensure that you have a clean and safe water supply for days on end at base camp.

It also goes a step further than other portable purifiers, not only removing bacteria but viruses too.

A camper’s delight, we give it a double-thumbs up!

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Good Things

  • Removes 99.9999% of bacteria and 99.99% protozoa
  • Removes 99.999% of viruses
  • High-Volume 5L or 12L
  • Multi-person use
  • Super portable with a shoulder strap
  • Ultra easy to use and clean

Bad Things

  • Doesn't remove chemicals, salt or heavy metals
  • Not 100% sealable