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Travel Gear Report: The Steripen and Pacsafe Daysafe 100

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I’m hoping to post some regular updates about the travel gear we’re researching and purchasing for our trip. I chose the Steripen and the Pacsafe Daysafe 100 backpack to review first because they are unique items that Erinn and I think will really make travel easier and items that a lot of people don’t know about. Thanks to my wife Erinn’s initial research and suggestion to purchase, we can now all know about these cool gadgets.

The Steripen Journey

The first item is the Steripen Journey handheld water purifier and prefilter. Obviously getting sick on our trip is likely but the more we can protect against it the better and one of the biggest causes of sickness is bad water. We’ve heard that even someplaces where the water is “bottled” it is actually tapwater put into a recycled bottle filled with all kinds of nasty little creatures. The Steripen is kind of like those ultraviolet mosquito zappers that used to fascinate me… you remember them, the hanging purple lights inside the black cage that would zap the incoming bugs when you sat outside ; 0  Same idea here where an ultraviolet light zaps all the nasty creatures in water that make life miserable. It runs on batteries and has an LCD screen that tells you how long to hold it in the water as well as battery life. It weighs less that 5 ounces and destroys 99.9% of viruses, bacteria and protozoa. It’s fast, easy, light, and effective for travels, backpack trips, and even that backwoods picnic. Much easier than that crazy pumping pumping pumping and with the added accessory of the prefilter you even can get rid of the dirt pine needles and other particles. Batteries supposedly last 100 times and the lamp light lasts 10,000 times or enough to safely cleanse 2,500 gallons of water. We’re even helping the environment by not having to buy bottled water ; ) Here’s a closer look:

Steripen and prefilter (upper right that attaches to Nalgene)

Steripen and prefilter (upper right that attaches to Nalgene)

Pacsafe Daysafe 100 backpack

The Pacsafe Daysafe 100 backpack is going to be important for all those valuable electronics we’re taking including netbook, cameras, ipod, media backup etc. This pack is from a company called Pacsafe which I highly recommend for anyone wanting to safeguard their “stuff”. As you can see from the picture this pack has a slashproof material that has almost a chicken-wire like inner skeleton.

Daysafe 100

Daysafe 100

One really cool feature is the inner detachable “safe” that you can leave padlocked to a non-movable structure (pipe, bolted down table, tree etc) and still use the backpack for daytrips. As you can see from the lower pics the “safe” completely draws shut and the wire/padlock system really is pretty ingenious. The “safe” compartment velcros into the pack when not in use and has a built-in laptop compartment. The top zippered section contains the top part of the “safe” material and wire locking system.


Safe system with locking system that can be anchored to almost anything.
Safe system with locking system that can be anchored to almost anything.

Here’s a closer look at the locking system (small padlock included to lock through holes):



Hopefully these two items will protect us from everything from little microbes to wannabe thieves. (Thanks Mom and Dad TN!!!)

  • Belinda Heaton

    Aloha. My name is Belinda, a future round the worlder. I love reading your posts and dreaming! So I am hoping you guys keep reporting on how that steri pen works. I too thought about getting one, but I went to the REI website and read the reviews..most of the reviews were horrible and said the thing did not work. Please let me know if it works for you on the trip! I hope it does!! The pacsafe stuff looks great! Take care. Belinda

  • ourlifewalkabout

    Hi Belinda thanks for the comment. Interesting about the negative reviews as we've talked to a couple of friends that have used it with good results. Maybe we'll have to test it a bit before traveling…

  • Sisbro

    Looks like you guys will be pretty safe! I am finally having time to join your trip…rain and Laiken's desire to “jam” in our “jammies” this mornin'! Love the pic's of Bella especially w/the snow. The xaphoon is a surprise! I can't believe how good it sounds…you should easy be able to get a few coins in your hat. Can't wait to be a part via technology…it should definitely challenge me

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    This bags are very trendy and can protect your things while traveling. Good gear to have for someone who are traveling and those having vacations.

  • http://www.brandythompson.com Brandy Thompson

    This bags are very trendy and can protect your things while traveling. Good gear to have for someone who are traveling and those having vacations.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2Y5UYJTWGIPPNPFMV7J7OIFTBA Ryan Johnson

    My name is Ryan. Well while going on a road trip a portable water purifier is a very good option because water can make you walk miles and it could be very very irritating if you do not get pure water to drink especially if you are habitual to drink filtered water.

  • Logan

    I appreciate for your post! I hope you will keep it on. I also want to
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