Technology keeps getting smaller and smaller. The smart phone in your pocket that you use to read news, book tickets, watch movies, and buy travel gear used to be a huge brick nearly as big as your head that could only make and receive calls. Water filter systems used to take up considerable room in your suitcase, but are now so small that you can carry them in a hip bag.


This month, LifeStraw released its LifeStraw Sip water filter straw, a 1.8-ounce reusable stainless-steel straw that’s about the size of a boba straw. It comes in a lightweight leak-proof carry case, so you can take it with you and sip confidently from hotel and restaurant tap water, or to developing countries on your travels. When you tuck it in your suitcase or carry-on bag, it won’t be displacing any clothing items because it hardly takes up any room.


The Sip water filter straw is made from BPA-free, FDA-approved, premium stainless steel and silicone materials. Its membrane microfilter has a pore size of 0.2 micron, and protects against 99.999999% of bacteria, 99.999% of parasites, 99.999% of microplastics, silt, sand, and cloudiness. Don’t worry about saving the straw for worst-case situations, because the filter lasts up to 1,000 liters. It also meets U.S. EPA and NSF P231 drinking water standards for the removal of bacteria and parasites.


Buy one for yourself or your favorite traveling friend, and make an impact. For every LifeStraw Sip purchased, a child in need receives safe water for an entire school year.


The Sip water filter straw comes in laguna teal, thistle purple, stormy blue, midnight blue, and apricot pink, and lists for $34.95 on the LifeStraw site. Want all family members to sip safely? Get a 3-pack for $88.95.

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