3 Reasons To Pack A Survival Straw


3 Reasons To Pack A Survival Straw

Clearly Filtered Survival Straw

Most people who spend time in the wilderness know the importance of having a source of fresh and potable drinking water with them.  Water after all is what sustains life on this planet.  The problem is that all too often people only have one way to get fresh potable water packed in their gear.  They will spend a lot of money on the “best” filter and rightfully expect it to perform well in the field.  The only problem is that even the best gear can fail.  When deep in the wilderness, failure is not an option!

Reason 1 To Carry a Survival Straw

Clearly Filtered Survival Straw End

Manual Water Filter Pumps can and do break. A survival straw is a great backup option just in case your primary water filter fails on you in the field.  A survival straw is small lightweight and study enough to be packed away with other emergency items and forgotten about, until it is needed. A Survival Straw should not be your only water purification method, they are intended to be a backup!

Reason 2 To Carry A Survival Straw

Clearly Filtered Survival Straw Mouth Piece

A survival straw does not have a shelf life, they can be used to filter up to 25 gallons of water and it isn’t going to expire or not be ready for use when you need it most.  It also filters out all of the harmful water borne pathogens that are likely to make you sick in the wilderness.

Reason 3 To Carry A Survival Straw

Clearly Filtered Survival Straw pic

Survival Straws are reasonably priced and can be picked up for less than the cost of eating out for dinner.  In fact it makes sense to have a couple on hand to place in your backpacking gear, your Bug Out Bag, Your Get Home Bag and any other place you may need one.  Personally, I use the Clearly Filtered Survival Straw and keep it in my Get Home Bag.  You can see the other items in my Get Home Bag by Clicking Here.  Watch the video below to see a review of the Clearly Filtered Survival Straw that I use in my gear.

Clearly Filtered Survival Straw Review


How would you include a survival straw in your equipment?  What is your favorite water filter?     

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8 thoughts on “3 Reasons To Pack A Survival Straw

  1. I ran into the survival straw concept with UN’s WHO. They were handed out to every native, especially young vurerable kids. you could see kids walking home from school drinking out of irrigation ditches and standing water. It made my entire gut the size of a peanut!
    I hope my children will need that, but prepared IS prepared. I also carry metal cup to suck out of.
    thank you for the article.

  2. Wow, that is great that kids are learning to drink from water using a filter, not long ago even that basic education was missing from many third world countries and as such many young children die each year. I remember seeing young kids play in sewage canals in Afghanistan… terrible.

  3. These survival straws are for emergency backup only. They are for when you’re primary method of getting clean water goes belly up and leaves up the creek without a paddle. I have one in my primary pack and one in my secondary pack. I use lifestraw and all for me it is a smartly designed product.
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  4. You are very wrong!!! Survival straws do have a shelf life. The most popular ones on the market have a unopened shelf live of 5 years.
    Life straw being one of them and NDUR being the other.
    This has been confirmed by the respective companies.

  5. Survival Straws are great,,,But,,,It should never be considered your primary water purification method. What I mean to say is don’t go camping/overnighting and expect a survival straw to be your only way of getting fresh water.
    I like to think of a survival straw as something you use when you are in a “I gotta get home mode, I have no water and there is a stream over there”.
    When using a survival straw always, if possible use a bandana as a pre filter.
    It will prolong the life of the straw.

    If you have a get home bag or a bug out bag or as I like to look at these bags a ” IN MY WORLD THE SPIT HAS HIT THE FAN BAG”.
    All that means is that your everyday life has been altered to the point that you may not make it home tonight.
    A good example of this is the recent sub zero weather and snow storms.
    Again this doesn’t mean that rogue bands of rebels are roaming the highways, it just means simply you can’t get home.

    A point in case.
    Many years ago I was in the cold north eastern part of the country. I knew bad weather was a possibility so I threw in my bag.

    Back then it was just called a emergency bag. As fate would have it snowed so badly that the state closed the roads until further notice. It was cold there. Really cold! I couldn’t sleep in my car without the possibility of being snowed in the car.
    A mild panic was beginning to set in.
    As good luck would have it I saw a mom and pop motel.
    Thank God a room was available. I dragged my bags into the room and prepared to bunker in. The local weather reports were getting worse and worse. I was warm, safe, but hungry and thirsty. Well I thought I might as well look outside for a quick food joint.
    I opened the door and realized I wasn’t going anywhere. The snow was already a foot up the door. I called the front desk, woke them up, and asked was there any food stores around.
    “Not tonight”, they answered. OK, I figured I would make a pot of coffee and take a shower.
    I went to turn on the water and—-nothing, Zilch,nadda, nothing.
    Withing minutes there was a phone call from the front desk alerting all the motel guests that the pipes had frozen and burst.
    What now?
    I went to my “BAG” and dug out my Mountain House and a pot and a cup.
    I also dug out my single burner Coleman propane stove.
    The safest place to set it up was the bathroom floor. The bathroom also had an exhaust fan so I wouldn’t set off the smoke detectors.

    But I needed water. I went to the front door grabbed a bunch of snow and started melting it.
    You have no idea how much snow it takes to fill a pot, then boil it.
    I boiled enough to fill a cup for instant coffee and a pot to have a meal.

    What does this have to do with Survival Straws.
    Well if all I had to do was melt snow and drink it would have been a quick process.
    At least I would have been hydrated.
    And that’s where the Survival straws come in handy.

    The two points I would like to make are:
    Survival straws have their place
    only have a 5 year shelf live.

    Second: The CDC now recommends boiling water for 20 minutes at a rolling boil !
    And thats only if there are no other contaminates in it. Gas, oil, waste.

    So yes survival straws have a place in everyone’s “Bags”.
    But only after a GOOD water filter or chemical purification and a GOOD means of boiling water.
    A couple of pouches of mountain house wouldn’t hurt either.

    Ps: it was over 24 hours before the roads were clear enough to start my trip home.
    But the next morning I was able to get to a local store for supplies and the water returned.

    After that I never went on a trip I couldnt walk home from without my “bag”.
    I guess I had a get home bag 30 years ago and didn’t know it.
    But back then we were just “campers” not “preppers”
    Good Luck and God Bless you and our troops!

  6. Great article JJ! I have a couple different survival straws (poop straws).
    Below are the listed stats on the “Lifestraw”:
    •Filters at least 1,000 liters of water (264 gallons)
    •Weighs only 54 grams (2 oz.)
    •Removes up to 99.99999 percent of waterborne bacteria
    •Removes up to 99.9 percent of waterborne protozoan cysts
    •Reduces turbidity by filtering particles of approx 0.2 microns
    •BPA Free and contains no chemicals
    •Uses no batteries or moving parts

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