Road trip and camping essential: LifeSaver Jerrycan

If you crave outdoor adventure or like to be off-the-grid while you’re traveling, you’ve had to think through a plan for bringing potable water along for the ride. Yes, you can opt for a few rinsed out milk jugs of tap water, and you should probably go ahead and stash those somewhere in your rig, but you’re also going to want a true solution for staying hydrated and safe. Enter the LifeSaver Jerrycan: this potable water purifier (yes, purifier…not just container) filters 20,000 liters (over 5,000 gallons) of clean drinking water, removing viruses, bacteria, cysts and parasites instantly.

It holds 18.5 liters of water at any one time and works excellently in motorhomes, RVs, campers, and in the back of cars, trucks, or boats for groups kayaking, hiking, or rafting.

How it works: 

Fill. Pump. Drink. It’s as simple as that.  The LifeSaver is a microbiological water filter that uses ultrafiltration technology to filter out viruses, bacteria, cysts and parasites from contaminated water sources. LifeSaver technology filters out bacteria to a minimum of Log 6 (99.9999%), viruses to a minimum of Log 4 (99.99%) and cysts to a minimum of Log 3 (99.9%) and was tested by an outside agency.

It’s designed to store and carry dirty water. (Don’t put clean, filtered water in it, because you risk recontamination.) You can add a shower attachment as well, and for cooking, you will no longer need chlorine or chlorine dioxide. The container is robust and sturdy and comes in three colors. I like the thin design because it fits well in the back of the car around other gear. Grab one for around $379…an investment in a lifesaving piece of gear.



Amy Whitley is a freelance creative and travel writer and founding editor of the family travel website Pit Stops for Kids. An avid lover of the outdoors, Amy makes her home in Southern Oregon, where she, her husband, and three school-aged children spend much of their time backpacking, camping, skiing, and hiking. When not exploring her own backyard, Amy and her family hit the road for travel reviews of resorts, tour operations, and hotels across the country and abroad. Follow Amy Whitley on Twitter and Facebook.

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