Planning a trip with the family? Whether you’re camping by a river or sleeping in a 5-star hotel, you can’t be too safe with the water you drink. Here’s how to pack and travel with your Berkey water filter!
Best Berkey Water Filter For Traveling
The best way to travel with your Berkey is by choosing the right filter to begin with, especially if you travel a lot. Without a doubt, the best water filter for traveling is the travel Berkey. With a 1.5-gallon capacity, it’s durable, lightweight, and easy to fit in the trunk of your car.
However, if you already have a Berkey water filter, you may still want to travel with it. Here’s how.
Get Your Berkey Travel-Ready
First, empty your Berkey. As a pro tip, remember, to fill your water bottlesbefore emptying to enjoy clean water while it filters at your destination!
Assuming you have one of the stainless steel filters, disassemble and place each chamber into the right-sizedBerkey tote. This is the best way to ensure that the chambers stay clean and free from damage, as stainless steel can bend under enough pressure. It will also let you hold onto your spigot and other accessories in separate pockets for safe keeping. We would highly recommend using a tote for airline travel, as you can’t control its position.
If you have the plastic travel Berkey, then don’t worry. Simply disassemble it and bring it with you. The plastic is rather thick and durable, but it can crack under enough pressure. Try your best to keep it on top of your cargo if possible!
For extra safety, especially without the proper tote, consider wrapping your Berkey with a towel or stuffing the inside with them. You can always rinse out any lint in the future, but this step can help prevent irreversible damage.
Re-Assemble Your Berkey Water Filter
Once you arrive at your destination, immediately rinse out the upper and lower chambers. If you can, dry out the lower chamber with a lint-free cloth before using it, as this will help remove any possible contaminants that may enter your drinking water. Once complete, double-check both chambers for lint or dirt.
From there, attach the spigot, elements, and chambers back together and immediately fill up the upper chamber. It could take a couple of hours to fully filter, but you should have enough for a couple of glasses of drinking water within 10 to 15 minutes. The more you fill it, the faster this will go!
If you’re particularly cautious, feel free to re-prime your Black Berkey elements just to ensure there is nothing trapped at the bottom. However, this isn’t entirely necessary.
Get a Move On
Now that you know how to travel with your Berkey water filter, go enjoy your trip with access to clean water! If you have the extra room, there’s no reason to spend the entire trip questioning the quality of your water.
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