The One Item That Saves Me a Ton of Money Backpacking

This water bottle cost me $150 USD. I’ve had it since the fall of 2009. Since then it’s saved me 3 to 4 times it’s initial cost, because I never, ever buy bottled water anymore.

Whether I’m at home, or backpacking, or camping on an island … I always have sterile, safe, great tasting water (because I buy the easily replaceable carbon filters and pop one in every ~4 months, which cost about $7 a pop).

It works without fail. No matter how “ok”, or how dangerous the water is, I pour it into the bottle, pump it out, and presto — awesome water. You can even pee in it up to three times in a row, although I haven’t gotten past two yet.

Anyway, this thing really does save a crap ton of cash. It’s a little bulky, but it’s the single best investment I’ve ever made for traveling, because it saves me hundreds of dollars a year. Really, I watched my camera guys spend over $4 dollars a day on bottled water in London this past May/June. I was there for almost 6 weeks. Had I spent that much on water every day, on this one trip alone, I would have spent over … you guessed it, $150. The price of a brand new Life Saver Bottle.


Pick one up on Amazon here.

They also have a larger 6,000 L model, but I don’t think I will even break 4,000 L within the first 2 years, at which point you have to replace the main filter anyway (regardless of whether or not you’ve used the full capacity of the primary filter).

You can also view a video here (link) from the creator demonstrating and discussing the bottle, and how it filters out damn near everything — even polio.

— Anthony Dream Johnson

ps — if there’s ever a viral zombie outbreak, I am totally set. =D

About Anthony Dream Johnson

CEO, founder, and architect of The 21 Convention, Anthony Dream Johnson is the leading force behind the world's first and only "panorama event for life on earth". He has been featured on WGN Chicago, and in the NY Times #1 best seller The Four Hour Work Week.    His stated purpose for the work he does is "the actualization of the ideal man", a purpose that has led him to found and host The 21 Convention across 3 continents and for 6 years in a row. Anthony blogs vigorously at and

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4 Responses to The One Item That Saves Me a Ton of Money Backpacking

  1. james13onds June 18, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

    I am definitely going to be picking up one of these. Cheers for helping me discover this gem.

  2. James August 23, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    Just a quick check Anthony: You need to replace the carbon filters every ~250 litres AND the cartridge every 4000/6000 litres (depending on version)? May have to get one of these…

    • Anthony Dream Johnson August 23, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

      Yes correct, except replacing the carbon filter is optional every ~250 liters. It still works, although I imagine beyond the ~300 liter mark it declines dramatically in effectiveness.

      • James August 25, 2011 at 11:12 am #

        Awesome, thanks Anthony!

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