For those who like to spend extra money for overnight shipping, you might still have some online shopping days left – for the rest of us, today is really cutting it close and if you want your gifts to be in the stocking or under the tree, I would suggest going local from here on out.
Some excellent options for local shopping – Check your True Value, Ace, or other hardware store. Big boxers are okay too, but I have found that my Home Depot or Lowe’s generally have a pretty narrow selection of brands. Sporting goods stores are also very useful for preparedness items. Dick’s, Cabella’s, Brownells, REI, etc. are all pretty common big box outdoor/sports stores.
So today’s recommendation for stuffing those stockings is a very complex item in a simple package. Actually it’s two items, but they are in the same family. Water Purification and Water Filtration.
The Life Straw won Time Magazine invention of the year – With this handy straw shaped portable filter you can drink pretty much any water you find. It will filter over 250 gallons, and removes 99.9999% of bacteria. Get you Life Straw at Brownells.
The other option is Ultraviolet sterilization of your water. This is not a water filter, contaminates are not removed from the water, but rather a process of destroying living bacteria by subjection to ultraviolet light. Up to 99.99% of bacteria and protozoa are destroyed. SteriPENs are a bit more expensive than water filters, but they will also treat a much larger volume of water. The down side other than price? they require energy to work. Most are rechargeable, so if you have a solar charger you can theoretically take the SteriPEN anywhere and always have safe water to drink. Visit Brownells and look up “SteriPEN”.