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Travel Essentials: Purificup Water Filter Review

Travel Essentials: Purificup Water Filter Review. What you need to pack to find clean drinking water in Africa.

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Finding clean water is a necessity for every traveller. And trying to find clean water while travelling in foreign Third World countries is even harder. That is why I packed the Purificup for my 75 day overland adventure trip in Africa.

I travelled with a group from Nairobi to Cape Town and while we did have access to some clean water, most of it had to be treated in some way before we are able to drink it. Fortunately, with the Purificup I never went thirsty.

What is the Purificup?

Purificup ReviewThe PurifiCup is a portable water filtration system that helps reduce the waste of plastic bottles. It provides a light and portable system that filters and purifies water in a single process. It eliminates chemical and biological contaminants, along with 99.99% of over 600 types of bacteria, including E-Coli.

Basically it meant that while others were fussing around with fire pits and boiling water, or adding nasty tasting purification tablets, I was busy gulping down my fresh water. Plus it all packed neatly into my backpack and required no additional attachments.

All I had to do was fill it up and let it filter out the bad stuff. Totally essential for any outdoor adventure lovers and world travellers.

PurifiCup Specifications

  • Total Capacity: 100 to 150 cups / 41.6 liters / 11 gallons
  • Total Weight: 305 grams / 10.76 ounce
  • Flow Rate: 0.2 liter per minute
  • Cup Volume: 10 fluid ounces

Things I Loved about the Purificup:

  •  It was quick and simple to use. Whenever we pulled into a campground I could just fill up the top cup and let gravity do the work for me.
  • It is heavy duty plastic so that it never broke even while it was getting tossed around in my backpack.
  • Unlike other water purification systems that use fancy lights but doesn’t remove the grit and dirt, the Purificup removd all the heavy metals, organics, and anything floating around too.
  • It is a tidy package and I even managed to donate mine to one of the orphanages that we visited.

What I didn’t like:

  • While it can technically be used instead of your drink bottle, I didn’t want to carry both around as my metal reusable drink bottle is just awesome for adventure activities.
  • If you can’t find a flat spot to set it up then it is pretty hard to use properly. Not so bad when camping, but if you are hiking a mountain or something it can be a bit tougher.
  • It does take a while for the water to filter through. But at least it’s not boiling hot when you go to drink it!

You can see more or order a PurifiCup for yourself on the official PurifiCup website.

Disclosure: I received a demo unit of the PurifiCup Natural Water Series for free from PurifiCup as coordinated by Deep Creek Public Relations.

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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  1. Charles Miske

    July 26, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Great review. I travel with mine all over the world on my Seven Summits quest, and I have a couple suggestions.

    1) I usually use a nalgene or collapsible canteen for my catcher container. With the flexible platypus canteen I just hold onto the filter for the few minutes it takes. This works great inside a tent.

    2) I put mine inside a neoprene bottle sleeve, the kind that fit on a bike bottle size. This protects it from freezing and being beat around inside my pack, and weighs almost nothing.

    Happy Travels!

  2. Marry Thomas

    August 8, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    It is true that if you are going to travel there is a need of water purifier or water filter because we all know that bottled water is also not good for our health. Many water filters are available, which is mainly made for travelling purpose and it is portable as well. If you want your journey full of happiness and healthy, then use this. I lived in the UK and at the time when I go for a trip and need water filter I will take help from srsfacilities and they will provide me best.

  3. Amy Cray

    October 24, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    For some people, the purchase of a high quality water filter is a fairly big investment, but when you consider the price of bottled water it pays for itself very quickly. Considering the amount of water pollution that goes on even in the world’s biggest cities, it is more important than ever before to make sure that you have a reliable water source and one that you can turn to even when the power is out and the tap water is unsafe to drink.

  4. Amy Cray

    October 25, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    If you are concerned about clean drinking water, then this is a system for you. I have used this for years and it is the best tasting water you will ever have

  5. Vincent

    December 12, 2014 at 2:12 AM

    Yes, compared with buying bottled water, such a purificup can save us much money and is also helpful to our environment. Such a fitler is also an essential tool when we are travelling, because our water is polluted seriously now. We also can try other methods.

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5 Ways To Improve Your Sight

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Our eyesight is perhaps one of our most useful and most essential senses (this, of course, may be moot). For many, the idea of losing their vision can be a scary thing. Loss of vision begins for many in their late 40s when it starts to become prominent. However, there are many ways in which you can improve your sight and keep from losing it in the extended scheme of things.

So here in this list, we have taken the liberty to compile a list of 5 ways in which you can improve your sight.

5 Ways To Improve Your Sight

# 1 – Prescription Glasses

In today’s internet driven world it is now easier than ever to get whatever you want online. You can buy glasses online or prescription sunglasses very easy and have it delivered to your home. No fuss and no hassle.

# 2 – Eat Carrots

Carrots are especially beneficial for our eye health, and it would prove invaluable for you to eat or drink as much carrot juice as you can. It may initially have a bitter taste but the more you drink it you will get used to it.

# 3-  Bilberry Supplements

Bilberry is a supplement that is not that common with those who aren’t into the health niche, but bilberry is an excellent supplement for those who are looking to improve their eyesight.

# 4 – Watch Things From Far Away

This may seem like a strange method, but when you look at items off at a distance, you are strengthening your eyes. Your eyes are muscles, and they need exercise just as much as your body does.

So when you are looking at items or object off at a distance you are doing your eyes a significant workout that they desperately need.

# 5 Finger Eye Push Ups

To continue on with our last entry – a great way to get your eyes to see better and to improve them is by doing finger eye push-ups. Now, this doesn’t mean placing your finger in your eye but your eye’s vision.

By placing your finger in front of your eye and then away and back again you will strengthen the eye. This is because the eye is working to see an object in two different ranges.

Strength Your Eyes

Improving your eyes without surgery and an operation is possible. And if you consider these methods, you will “see” where we are coming from.

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Video Slot Games Are All The Rage

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Online casino games have seen a meteoric rise in popularity over the years. Let’s be honest -gambling is the average man’s pastime event. Very easy, simple and if you’re lucky you can win out big on a few small dollars or coins.

For this reason slot games have become some of the most highly played and enduring online casino games for newbies as well as veterans.

So it is no wonder that video slot games like Bullion Bars slot online are some of the most popular online casino games. Not only do they provide a great deal of entrainment but the payouts are quite high for those who manage to get the jackpot prize money.

However what remains a hallmark feature of online casino games and slot games comes in the form of how easy they are to win.

That’s right!

Playing online casino games are much easier to win then had you visited a real-life casino. This is not to undermine real-life casinos – as they do offer their fun and entertainment.

But online casino games are geared to the player. The online casino must payout players, all players, for a majority of the time, and when we say a majority of the time we mean almost all of the time.

Many online slot casino games and other casino games require that the online casino have a payout rate as low as 95%.

As low as 95%!!!!

So the chances of winning are highly in favor of the players. Failure to pay out players and having the casino simply take in more income then should be taking in will have the online casino shut down.

For those interested in playing online video slot games then now is the best time to play in this very lucrative and highly entertaining entertainment medium.

Online slot games come in a variety of themes and can offer any player, old or new, an experience that will keep them coming back time and time again.

The experience that online slot games offer players are top-notch, and the notion that many layers can play these games anywhere, at home on their desktop or the bus on their mobile home is what makes these games so alluring.

With very little to pay to play these games and a massive amount that can be paid out on a small amount as well as for being entertained the online casino slot gems don’t look like they will slow down anytime soon.

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Three Reasons Pregnant Women Should Test Their Tap Water

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Drinking plenty of fresh, clean water is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.  It’s even more important to make sure your water is free of contaminants when you are pregnant.  Drinking enough water during pregnancy maintains amniotic fluid levels and helps carry nutrients to the baby.  However, if you are drinking contaminated water, the more you drink, the more the fetus is exposed to the harmful effects of those contaminants.

Water quality has been headline news lately after it was discovered that the public drinking water contained lead in Flint, Michigan.  If you’re pregnant or know someone who is, you may be wondering if it is safe to drink tap water while pregnant.  Here are three contaminants you should test for if you’re pregnant and drinking tap water.

  1. Lead

Lead poisoning is a serious concern during pregnancy.  Lead can be found in old water taps and outdated plumbing.  As water travels through and sits in these pipes, it can absorb lead.  If a pregnant woman drinks this water, her body then absorbs the lead which can be passed to the fetus.

While lead may not cause serious harm to a pregnant woman, the fetus can suffer lasting damage from even low levels of lead exposure. As the fetus grows, lead causes blood cells to become deformed, preventing them from functioning properly. Lead also damages the peripheral and central nervous systems causing learning disabilities as the child develops. Children affected by lead also tend to be shorter than other children and may have trouble with their hearing.

  1. Bacteria

Water naturally contains bacteria, but in excess amounts it can be harmful, especially to pregnant women.  E. coli is a type of bacteria that is occasionally found in the water.  This is the same bacteria that is known to cause food poisoning, and it has the same effects when it is in your water. It can cause stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever, all of which can put a developing fetus at risk.  Bacterial contamination can also be an indication of other contaminants such as protozoa and viruses which are linked to dysentery and hepatitis.

  1. Pesticides, Heavy Metals, and Chemicals

Lead poisoning and bacterial contamination are the most dangerous water contaminants for a pregnant woman and her baby, but there are other pollutants that are also concerning.  Both municipal water and well water can test positive for pesticides, heavy metals, and other chemicals.  While in low amounts, they may not be especially harmful to the pregnant mother, any exposure can pose a risk to the developing fetus.

Make Sure Your Tap Water is Safe

If you’re pregnant, the best way to make sure your drinking water is safe, is to test it.  Whether you are drinking tap water, city water, well water, bottled water, or even filtered water, all are at risk for common contaminants that can harm a fetus.  You can send water samples to a lab for complete analysis, but this can be costly, and it often takes weeks to get results. A faster and easier solution is a home testing kit.  Most kits will give you results in a matter of minutes.   If you’re pregnant, don’t take chances with the water you’re drinking, test your water today.

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