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Essential to campers and hikers, a dependable water filter should really accompany any trip to someplace where potable water might be an issue. The LifeStraw Personal Water Filter — recommended by The New York Times' Frugal Traveler, Lucas Peterson — filters up to 1,000 gallons of contaminated water without chemicals like chlorine or iodine. It also functions without batteries or moving parts.
Today, you can score a single LifeStraw on Amazon for just $13 — that’s 57 percent off the normal retail price of $30 for just one. Toss this utterly inexpensive straw into your bug-out bag, hiking pack, glove compartment and/or wherever else (it's not a bad idea to have one for each, honestly) and it could end up saving your life.