Can’t face a day of sightseeing without your morning cup of tea or coffee? Your accommodation might not have what you need. Our readers recommend the best travel electric kettle so you can start your day the right way!
Best Travel Kettle
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Travel Fashion Girl help! A reader asks:
What are your recommendations for the best travel tea kettle? It sounds ridiculous to some, I’m sure. However, my husband likes to have a few cups of coffee every day while we travel. Most hotel rooms only have a coffee maker, so I’m always stuck with tea that tastes like coffee or no tea at all.
When on vacation, you need your hot morning drink just as much as when you are at home. But when traveling, you don’t always have access to your essential kitchen utilities, such as coffee makers and electric kettles.
Our readers share their tips on how to make a cup of tea or coffee when abroad. First, we’re starting with their recommendations for the best travel kettle you can take with you anywhere!
The Best Travel Kettle
Electric Gourmia GK360 0.8L Travel Foldable Kettle
Gourmia GK360 Travel Foldable Electric Kettle
Heat water for your morning cup of tea in a flash using the Gourmia Foldable Electric Kettle. Its collapsible design means you can expand it to boil 0.8L of water in one go, and when finished, easily fold it away and stash it in your bag.
One reader shares how she brought this hot water kettle for her trip and says, “It worked perfectly for what I needed. Plus its collapsible design saved me room in my luggage.” Another reader says, “I like this one because it did not give the water a silicone taste like other options I had tried.”
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Gourmia GK320 Travel Foldable Electric Kettle
Take along this option from Gourmia for readily accessible hot water on any continent! This mini tea kettle allows you to boil 0.5L of water, and it is also dual voltage. It has a fantastic safety feature with a sturdy lid lock to avoid any accidents.
Several readers recommend the GK320 foldable electric kettle from Gourmia. One says, “This is a cheaper option. It offers a fast boil and no funky tastes.” Another reader adds, “I have this small electric kettle, also. It is my favorite. I have even boiled eggs in it! It heats up quickly, is dual voltage, and has an automatic shut off.”
CMDREAM 0.5 L Portable Electric Kettle
This multifunction portable electric kettle from CMDREAM is great for traveling. Use it to boil water for your cup of tea or coffee or, alternatively, you could use it for heating milk or boiling noodles. The mini electric kettle will turn itself off automatically after the water boils.
One reader says, “I don’t travel anywhere without my stainless steel travel kettle and my own tea bags.”
Heater Immersion Portable Water Boiler
Make a cup of hot tea in just 1 to 2 minutes using this Portable Travel Immersion Heater. It is perfect for travelers because it is portable and lightweight, so it will not take up much room in your bag — even less than the smallest electric kettle. Best of all, it’s dual voltage!
One reader says, “You can get a small immersion heater that boils water in a cup or mug. I took one of them all around Europe. I did take a metal mug, but it works fine in a ceramic one, too.” Another reader adds, “An immersion heat boiler is fantastic to pack for air travel; so convenient.”
One reader’s best advice for using an immersion heater is to “not plug it in until it’s in the water and then unplug before you remove it.”
Tip: Be careful to not forget about it!
Note: When traveling with mini electric kettles, you need to remember to pack a travel adapter and look for items with dual voltage to be sure they will work abroad.
Other Essentials for Making Tea or Coffee While Traveling
Often you need more than just a portable kettle for boiling water to make your hot drink. Here are our readers’ recommendations for those extra necessities.
Compass Rose Travel Adapter
Make sure you have a travel adapter, which enables you to plug your electronics into international outlets. Not all countries use the same type of plug, so use an international adapter like this one from Compass Rose.
One reader says, “This adapter is AH-mazing! Very sturdy and durable. This is the only adapter that you will need! It works everywhere!” Another adds, “This is perfect for using with any of your devices while abroad.”
Note: this travel adapter can only be used with dual voltage kettles and other devices.
Read our quick guide on Travel Adapters, Converter, and Voltage!
Coffee Gator Pour Over Coffee Maker
A decent cup of tea or coffee is always at your fingertips with the Coffee Gator Coffee Maker. It’s quick and easy to use: use ground coffee beans, pour in hot water, seal the lid, and take it on the go. You could use it to make a cup of tea by adding loose tea leaves.
One reader says, “I always travel with this travel mug so I can get my caffeine kick as soon as I wake up.”
Black+Decker Single Serve Coffeemaker
This Black+Decker Single Serve Coffeemaker allows coffee lovers to enjoy their daily fix on the go. The coffee is brewed directly into the travel mug provided. No need to remember grounds filter papers as the mesh metal filter works just the same and is easy to clean.
One reader also suggests that a coffee maker is great for making a cup of tea. “I usually use a travel coffee-maker but without the coffee/filter part so it boils the water into the mug below and use my own tea bags.”
AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker
Use the portable AeroPress coffee maker, which uses a rapid total immersion brewing process to make the perfect cup of coffee.
One reader took her AeroPress coffee maker on her around-the-world trip and, “it was our luxury item and came in really handy.”
Instant Coffee Packets
Several of our readers recommend bringing along a few instant coffee packets. One reader says, “I often pack Starbucks Via or Vietnamese instant coffee packets.”
Another reader says that “since I almost always stay in Airbnb, I always take a few of the Trader Joe’s instant packets with cream and sugar included. I take my travel mug with a built-in filter.”
Here’s a quick summary on how to make a cup of tea or coffee when traveling abroad:
|BRAND / MODEL||FEATURES||RATING||PRICE|
|Electric Gourmia GK360 0.8L Travel Foldable Kettle||“It worked perfectly for what I needed. Plus its collapsible design saved me room in my luggage.”||Check Price|
|Gourmia GK320 0.5L Travel Foldable Electric Kettle||“This is a cheaper option. It offers a fast boil and no funky tastes.”||Check Price|
|CMDREAM 0.5 L Portable Electric Kettle||“I don’t travel anywhere without my stainless steel travel kettle and my own tea bags.”||Check Price|
|Lewis N. Clark Portable Travel Immersion Heater||“An immersion heat boiler is fantastic to pack for air travel; so convenient.”||Check Price|
|Coffee Gator Pour Over Coffee Maker||“I always travel with this travel mug so I can get my caffeine kick as soon as I wake up.”||Check Price|
|Black+Decker Single Serve Coffeemaker||“I usually use a travel coffee-maker but without the coffee/filter part so it boils the water into the mug below and use my own tea bags.”||Check Price|
|AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker||“It was our luxury item and came in really handy.”||Check Price|
|Starbucks VIA Ready Brew Coffee||“I often pack Starbucks Via or Vietnamese instant coffee packets.”||Check Price|
What do you think is the best travel kettle or accessory? Share in the comments below!
For more travel accessory ideas, please read:
- Best Travel Water Bottles
- Travel Accessories We Can’t Live Without
- Unexpected Items to Pack for an Extended Stay
- Bring Your Own Mug and Other Eco Friendly Travel Ideas
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