Iodine Tablets: Water Purification on the Go

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November 30, 2013 / Comments (7)

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Iodine tablets are one of the best ways to purify drinking water when you don’t have access to a fresh water source.

Out in the wilderness, there’s almost nothing more important than having water. While a person can live up to three weeks without food, you will die — or at least start to experience severe problems — after three days without water.

But just having water isn’t enough. Your water needs to be clean and drinkable. This can be a challenge in the wilderness, where water can be contaminated with a variety of bacteria and other disease-causing agents.

Enter iodine tablets.

In the video below, ‘Above Average’ Joe gives you the inside scoop on iodine tablets — one of the best ways to purify water on the go.

EDITOR’S DEAL: When you have to drink your own, you’ll need this 34 oz. Wide-Mouth.  

Iodine Tablets
Esbit 1300-Degree Smokeless Solid 14g Fuel Tablets for Backpacking, Camping, and Emergency Prep, 12 Pieces
  • Virtually smokeless and residue-free solid fuel tablets used to cook and heat food and beverages, boil water, or start campfires
  • Contains 12 tablets; each 14-gram tablet burns approximately 12 minutes and up to 1300°F;
  • Ideal for boiling water and cooking; one tablet boils 500 ml of water in about 8 minutes
  • Works at high altitudes and sub-zero temperatures; ignites with match or lighter
  • Tablets are individually packed in waterproof packaging; can be stored for 10+ years

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