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Staying hydrated while traveling is absolutely essential especially on a long flight. Our readers share their best travel water bottle options for both cold and hot beverages!
Best Water Bottles for Travel
Travel Fashion Girl help! A reader asks:
What is your go-to water bottle, thermos, or flask for traveling and long flights? There are so many out there and I don’t know which one to buy.
On long flights or non-stop vacations, it’s easy to end up dehydrated. Bringing a reusable thermos, flask, or water bottle makes it easy to stay hydrated and enjoy water or a hot beverage on a long flight and throughout your travels.
Here, our readers share the best water bottles for traveling:
Klean Kanteen is one of the more popular thermos brands, insulating hot beverages for up to 6 hours and iced drinks for up to 24 hours thanks to its double-walled construction. This model comes with two lids, one cafe cap for hot beverages and one loop cap for easy transport when you’re on the go.
One reader says, “Klean Kanteen has been great for me! You can get the wide-lipped one and have two caps (the cafe cap and the wide loop cap). The best thing is, it really does keep your water cold for almost a day, or hot-warm (and I’m talking still-good-tea-warm, NOT lukewarm) for at least 8 hours.”
Who would have thought to keep their beverages in Tupperware? However, their tumblers are the perfect size for carrying water wherever you go. The airtight and liquid-tight seal ensures no spillage, leaving you worry-free, and you can fit 16 ounces of your beverage of choice.
A reader shares, “they are not insulated, but I love my simple 16 oz Tupperware tumblers with the spout lids. They’re just the right size to fit in my hand, and easy to fill, clean and drink from. They seal tight and are lightweight.”
Vapur Element Bottle
When you’re a minimalist traveling carry-on only, a collapsible water bottle makes for the best beverage container for travel. The portable bottle can be easily tucked away, conveniently fitting into pockets, purses and packs. About 87% lighter than typical rigid bottles, the foldable Vapur bottle is easy to stash and go. Slim and weighing only 2 oz, the Vapur only packs water weight.
One reader says, “I love this and have had them for years. I love the wide mouth, the carabiner clip, and the collapsibility of it.” Another reader adds, “It’s gets smaller as you drink the water and fits in smaller seat pockets.”
S’well Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Many readers and travelers consider S’well to make the best water bottle for travel. The bottles are insulated and stainless steel, so cold drinks stay cold and you never have to worry about liquids leaking. This 17 ounce bottle is the perfect size for travel, and we love the wood design.
A reader says, “I bring my small Swell bottle on every trip. It can be hard and expensive to find the small size but it’s worth it. It NEVER LEAKS and you can fill it with beverages that are hot or cold. It’s not huge, so it fits in the seat pocket and it’s not heavy to carry.”
Platypus Soft Bottle
This Platypus bottle is similar the Vapur bottle with its lightweight and packable design. It’s around 80% lighter than a hard bottle and not as bulky. It’s BPA, BPS, and phthalate-free and you don’t have to worry about a plastic taste.
One reader says, “The 1 L size weighs 1.2 oz and packs nearly perfectly flat. I’ve carried one with me for nearly 5 years now, and it’s still looking great. No plastic taste at all.” Another reader adds, “We use these too! We each have a 500 mL one for the plane and day-use, and a 1 L one to use for long bus and train rides when water might not be available. They pack up so small it’s almost like they don’t exist!”
YETI Rambler Stainless Steel Bottle
YETI is another popular brand for the best flask for travel. The double-wall vacuum insulated design keeps water cold or coffee hot all day long. The leak-proof cap ensures you never have to worry about spills, and the three-finger grip makes it easier to hold.
One reader says, “YETI is the best, especially for cold drinks. I have left it on the sink after an iced coffee in the afternoon and there will still be ice in it the next day.” And another reader says, “Absolutely wonderful and keeps ice sometimes until the next day.”
Hydro Flask Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Hydro Flask might just be the most popular and best thermos for travel based on our readers’ recommendations. Along with a stylish yet practical design to keep your beverages at the ideal temperature, Hydro Flask has a powder coat, which gives you a solid grip.
One reader says, “I like Hydro Flask. It’s a good size and comes in neat colors. Keeps cold water cold and hot coffee hot,” while another adds, “I use the Hydro Flask 32 oz water bottle for trips away from home because it is lighter than Yeti and works great.” And a third says, “Love my Hydro Flasks. I have too many in my collection!”
What’s your favorite water bottle for traveling? Share in the comments below!
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