Top 5 Methods to Make Water Drinkable

When you’re out camping, hiking or doing survival/bug-out training, water is the most important resource you need.

There will most likely be accessible water nearby, but is it safe enough to drink?

Probably not.

Between bacteria, pollutants and parasites, you will need to filter out the water before it’s safe to consume.

Here are 5 methods to make your water drinkable!

1.) Lifestraw and Lifestraw Go Water Bottles

Lifestraw products make filtering and purifying water a breeze. They are relatively inexpensive, and last quite a long time.

Both products filter up to 264 gallons (1,000 liters) before they need to be replaced! They remove a minimum of 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria and 99.9% of waterborne protozoa. That means you can drink straight out of just about any water source.

The only thing they do not filter is dissolved chemicals and salt. They should not be used to drink ocean water!


I personally use the Lifestraw Go Bottle, so you can just scoop up water and continue on with your mission.

I’ll be doing a review of the Lifestraw Go Water Bottle soon, so stay tuned for that.

2.) Portable Water Filter Pumps

There are many filtering water pumps on the market, and there’s a good reason for that. They are a great way of filtering a lot of water at once, as long as you have the storage for it.

They work very well, and some can remove up to 99.9% of waterborne bacteria and many pumps are made to treat up to 500+ gallons of water.

The only drawback to this type of system, is that they can get expensive. The filter membranes are made to last longer than most other filtration methods, however.

I have purchased one, and will be doing a review on it soon.

3.) Iodine Tablets

These are very inexpensive and very effective. You just need to follow the instructions on the particular one you purchase.

They are all fairly similar. You just throw a couple in the water you want to purify, and after about 30 minutes, your water will be almost clean enough to drink.

You still need to filter out the particles floating around in it. Using a sock or other fabric in a survival situation, is a good enough way to filter it out.

4.) Activated charcoal filters and Sand Filters

You can buy charcoal filter bottles and a lot of other charcoal or fine sand filter accessories, or you can even make your own.

Carbon filters remove chlorine, benzene, VOCs and many other chemicals.

It is not effective at removing dissolved chemicals and salts.


In a future post, I will be showing you how to make your own charcoal and fine sand filters!

5.) Last, but not least. Boiling

This is perhaps the easiest way to purify your water in the wilderness. Simply, because all you need is a fire and a container that will not melt. I recommend a single wall metal canteen, such as this one I have purchased.

Whether you’re out camping or in a survival situation, you will already know how important a fire is. So, you should already have a fire prepared.

Simply bring your water to a rolling boil for at least one minute, and most viruses, bacteria and protozoa will be killed or inactivated.

This is a very easy and effective method, however it will not purify chemically contaminated water.



Keep in mind, that none of these methods can purify water that is contaminated by radiation.

I hope these tips and tricks will help you along your way!

If you have any questions or tips you want to share, please feel free to use the comment section below!