Maintaining a drinkable water supply isn’t much of a problem if you only ever

pitch up at well-maintained campsites and/or carry a supply in the van, but it’s worth having a contingency plan if you routinely stray off the beaten track.

SteriPEN makes a range of portable ultraviolet water sterilisers and its latest model is small enough to fit into a pocket.

Maintaining a drinkable water supply isn’t much of a problem if you only ever

pitch up at well-maintained campsites and/or carry a supply in the van, but it’s worth having a contingency plan if you routinely stray off the beaten track.

SteriPEN makes a range of portable ultraviolet water sterilisers and its latest model is small enough to fit into a pocket.

Weighing just 74g (2.4oz), the SteriPEN Freedom is reckoned to be able to destroy 99.9% of bacteria, viruses and protozoa in 0.5 litres of water in just 48 seconds just by stirring it around — one litre can be sterilised in twice that time.

A fully charged SteriPEN is good for 40 treatments and it can even be recharged from the USB port of a laptop, making it a fuss-free addition to the van for emergencies.

The SteriPEN will be available in the US this autumn for $120 (around £75), but UK availability has yet to be finalised — keep an eye on the UK suppliers’ web page for more details.

[SteriPEN]

Share with friends

Follow us on

Most recent motorhome reviews

The Practical Motorhome Elddis Accordo 120 review – 1 - The Peugeot Boxer-based Elddis Accordo 120 has an MTPLM of 3300kg (© Niall Hampton/Practical Motorhome)
The Practical Motorhome SsangYong Turismo Tourist review – 1 - With an MTPLM of 2850kg, anyone can drive the SUV-based SsangYong Turismo Tourist (© Peter Baber/Practical Motorhome)
The Practical Motorhome Frankia F-Line I 640 SD review – 1 - Hoping to tempt British buyers, this Frankia is priced from £75,995 OTR – our test ’van was stickered at £87,115 (© Niall Hampton/Practical Motorhome)
The Practical Motorhome Chausson Flash 530 – 1 - You can get the 2017 Chausson Flash 530 on the Ford Transit (as tested) or on the Fiat Ducato (© Alf Alderson/Practical Motorhome)
The Practical Motorhome 2017 Elddis Autoquest 195 review – 1 - The 2017 Elddis Autoquest 195 has a licence-friendly MTPLM of 3500kg (© Peter Baber/Practical Motorhome)
The Practical Motorhome La Strada Regent L review – 1 - The German van converter with an Italian name is back in the UK after many years – and the Regent L is one of La Strada's flagship models (© Peter Baber/Practical Motorhome)