A Tough-as-Nails Soft Cooler and a Simple and Effective Water Treatment System

ORCA Walker 20 Softside Cooler 

The Walker 20 is a tough-as-nails soft cooler that holds 20 cans of your favorite beverage and is insulated to make ice last for days. This cooler weighs 3.6 lbs. and features a rigid bottom, leak-proof design, heavy-duty zipper and both an ingenious magnetic handle and a padded shoulder strap, as well as a mesh pocket and attached bungee straps for added storage.

More info: orcacoolers.com

Aquamira Water Treatment Drops

I’ve used the Aquamira Water Treatment Drops for many, many years and they’ve never let me down. Super-easy to use (mix the two solutions, dump in your water bottle and wait), these knock out bacteria, viruses, and protozoans like Cryptosporidium and Giardia. And because these drops use chlorine dioxide—instead of iodine— it’s safe to use over time. Additionally, unlike iodine drops, the taste of the water is barely impacted, although a slight ‘tang’ can be detected if the treated water isn’t used within a day or so. Considering that the two-solution kit weighs only about three ounces, the Aquamira drops offer the lightest water treatment system around. One word of caution: these are not useful for treating water with particulates in it—for example the tannin-laden creeks of the Olympic coast—without pre-filtering.

More info: www.aquamira.com

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