Water purification mixes come in lightweight powder packets, are portable and easy to use for camping, traveling, backpacking, hiking, hunting or for emergencies or natural disasters.
Most water purification packets contain common water treatment chemicals, such as ferric sulphate and calcium hypochlorite.
Both are highly effective for removing contaminants from water such as sediment, bacteria, viruses and even giardia (a type of parasite that can cause severe illness and intestinal discomfort).
Water purification mixes are affordable, easy to use, and you can carry them with you wherever you go.
Using water purification mixes is simple:
Note: The purified water packets (such as the SOS Emergency Water Packets) contain purified water, not a powder mix.
The top three water purification mixes and water packets we recommend are the following (in no particular order):
Thr Chlor-Floc water purification products (powder packets and tablets) are currently used by the U.S. military and are highly effective at removing contaminants from water within 30 minutes. They will not desalinate water.
The P&G water purification packets are proven effective in the harshest environments. It is simple to use and carry and provides safe drinking water after 30 minutes. Not intended for use with sea water.
This product is not a powder mix; it is a packet of purified water. We are including it because it is in its own category and it has some advantages.
The advantage of this product is that they have a much longer shelf life than the mixes. (5 years compared to 1 year for most powder packets). In addition, they can withstand a much wider range of temperatures than the powder packets.
The main disadvantage is that the packets are not as lightweight as the powder mixes so they are not going to be great for transporting while backpacking or hiking. However, they still beat a water bottle.