An Instructional Guide on How to Use Hiking Water Filters During Hiking Trips

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Although hiking can be a wonderful and exciting experience, there are also some challenges that can be met along the way in engaging in this activity. One major problem is being able to gain access to drinking water that is clean and safe. Yes it is true that there are numerous bodies of water out there such as rivers, ponds, lakes and streams. However, these water sources are not completely safe. There is a great possibility that they have organisms and other contaminants in them. Due to this reason, a water filter could be a great piece of camping gear. Do you know how to use one? If not, here is a guide that you can follow on how to use hiking water filters

Before anything else, you must first prepare the following; a toothbrush, iodine tablets and water filter. When all of these are ready, what you need to do first is to select a filter. Make sure that the filter you bought is of good quality and is one that has the ability to fight water parasites and other substances. Choose one that has a 1 micron or less pore size. Now if you already have the water filter in your hands get the manual and read the instructions. It would really help a lot if you become familiar with the instructions in it. Bring this manual with you to your trip.

Once the water supply is already nearby, get some water and place it inside your filter. Be sure to use clear running water. However, if this type of water is hard to find, just let the debris in the water gather first. Once this is done, scrub them off. It is only normal that your filter would experience some clogging so don’t worry if this happens. You can now use the toothbrush to help you in accomplishing this task. Wash your filter in order to ensure that it is already clean once you use it again. Always use these steps when using hiking water filters and you will do just fine.

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