In the past, I have gone backpacking with some fairly expensive, heavy water purification tools. But the more I read about water safety in California's Sierras (here and here), the less I think these high-tech solutions are necessary.
Can I just drop some iodine tablets into my CamelBak?
Will the tablets:
- react with the plastic bladder and destroy it?
- stain the plastic bladder dark purple?
- make the CamelBak taste like iodine permanently?