By Erika Owen
Updated: January 24, 2017

Any seasoned hiker will attest that the lighter the pack, the more enjoyable the experience. And as far as travel gear goes, Kickstarter seems to be a breeding ground for new and innovation ideas. Enter: SOL Water—a California-based project that's currently searching for funding on Kickstarter. The design uses the power of the sun to produce clean drinking water minus the filters, batteries, and/or chemicals other water filtration devices tend to use. The water resevoirs are durable—they had someone stand on a full bag to prove it in the video above—lightweight, and they come with a handy snap-on handle for easy carrying. 

Each bag comes with step-by-step directions printed on the back so there's no messing up the already super easy process. The bags come in three sizes: Survivalist, weighing in at 0.5 ounces and carrying 1 liter of water; the 1-liter Day Tripper, a little heavier at 1 ounce thanks to a built in spout; and the Backpacker, a 2-liter bag clocking in at 2.6 ounces. Fun fact: You can also use it as a waterproof bag for keeping your electronics safe in impromptu storms and whatever else may come your way. It can also withstand boiling temperatures, so you can cook quick meals (think: anything that boasts "just add water!"). For more information on how to get your own, head on over to SOL Water on Kickstarter