By now you’re fully aware of the benefits of drinking enough water — unless of course, you’ve been living under a rock, a very dry rock. To get the water your body needs, you should try and always keep a water bottle within reach. Personally, I always have a water bottle nearby and whenever I leave the house, I make sure I have 4 things: my wallet, phone, keys and water bottle. And when it comes time to travel, whether that means getting on an international flight, hiking at a high elevation, camping, or taking a road trip, water becomes even more important. That’s why I’ve searched high and low and compiled 8 of the best water bottles for travel that’ll help you reap the benefits of hydration while satisfying your wanderlust.
Why Drink Water When Traveling:
- Water is key in fighting jet lag. Stay hydrated before you fly, during your flight and throughout your trip as water helps boots energy and battle fatigue (which in turn increases alertness — which you’ll want when traveling).
- Water helps keep your joints lubricated and muscles elastic (aiding in preventing sprains).
- Water aids in digestion and helps cure headaches (traveling long distances and new eating/sleeping patterns can throw your body out of whack — water can help keep you balanced).
- Water can help elevate your mood (when you body gets what it needs and feels good, you’ll feel good).
1) Grayl – Filtration Cup
With an innovative design that blends style and function, the Grayl Filtration Cup is unlike any water bottle you’ve seen — and it’s the only water bottle on the list capable of filtering and purifying your water. Unlike other bottles with built in filters which require gravity (pouring water in at the top and waiting for it to drain down through the filter) or sucking through a filtration straw, the Grayl Filtration Cup works like a French press (see the video above). The Filtration Cup comes with Grayl’s G3+ Filter which will knock out 99.99% of bacteria like E. coli, 99.94% of protozoan cysts like giardia, and remove heavy metals and chemicals like lead and chlorine. While the G3+ Filter should do the trick for those traveling in developed countries, for travel in developing countries with questionable water quality, you’ll want to purchase the G3+ Purifier ($39.95) which will remove 99.999% (note the extra 9) of bacteria, protozoan cysts, and viruses like Hepatitis A. Cost: $60.00
2) Vapur – Eclipse
It’s pretty clear why the Vapur Eclipse is one of the best water bottles for travel. When you’re not using it, the Eclipse can be rolled up and secured with the cap’s built-in carabiner (which can also be used to attach the bottle to a backpack) or laid out flat, making it the lightest and most space efficient bottle on the list. And while other Vapur bottles come in colorful styles, the Eclipse is offered in two muted, matte finished colors and comes in 700 mL and 1 L sizes. Cost: $11.99
3) Kor – Delta
Traveling with a water bottle in you backpack can be risky — move the wrong way and the wrong bottle can open up and drench whatever you’re carrying. That won’t be a problem with the Kor Delta which features a safety lock that ensures the bottle’s cap is closed and won’t open unexpectedly. When the safety lock isn’t engaged, a simple push of the release button pops the cap open, making it easy to access your water quickly. Plus, the Kor Delta, which comes in 500 mL and 750 mL sizes, is easy and comfortable to carry via the handle at the top. Cost: $17
4) Klean Kanteen – Insulated Water Bottle
Whether you’re traveling someplace hot or someplace cold, having an insulated water bottle, like this one from Klean Kanteen, can really come in handy. While an insulated bottle is slightly heavier than an average bottle, keeping a drink cold for 24 hours or hot for 6 hours is well worth the extra weight. Just think about walking around Paris in the fall and having hot coffee with you for hours, snowboarding in Colorado and having hot hot chocolate in your pack, or hiking in the summer and having ice cold water with you the whole time. And the best part, this double-walled, vacuum insulated, stainless steel bottle (which comes in 12, 16 and 20 oz. sizes) has a slim profile, allowing it to easily fit in most car’s cup holders and backpack’s water bottle holsters. Cost: $29.95
5) Hyrdo Flask – Insulated Water Bottle and Beer Growler
If you’re in the mood to share, or just want to pack more liquid with you, the 64 oz. vacuum insulated water bottle/beer growler by Hydro Flask is where it’s at. Great for a long road trip and camping, the Hydro Flask will allow you to keep your favorite beverages cold for 24 hours or hot for 12 hours. But the primary use for the Hydro Flask, at least if you think like me, is to transport cold craft beer to places you would never find cold craft beer — like the top of a mountain after a long hike for example. Of course, you can always just use it to carry 64 oz. of water (or soup, or coffee, or iced tea) with you, but that’s kind of boring. Cost: $54.99
6) Clean Bottle – The Square
What happens when a group of ex-Apple engineers decide to make a water bottle? The Square by Clean Bottle happens. Made out of stainless steel and a BPA-free plastic lip, this bottle is as stylish as it is practical. The real difference between The Square and other bottles, however, is the ability to unscrew the bottom for easier and more sanitary cleaning. Plus, the bottle is smudge proof, leak proof, features a wide handle for easy carrying and is guaranteed for life. Cost: $44.95
7) Contigo – Kangaroo
With a built-in pocket for carrying your ID, credit cards, money or keys, Contigo’s apply named Kangaroo water bottle is packed with traveler-friendly features. In addition to its handy pouch, there’s a flip up handle (which stows away when you don’t need it) which features a built-in latch that allows you to hook the bottle to your bag. And when it comes to drinking from the 24 oz. Kangaroo, a handy trigger on the back of the bottle opens and shuts the lid when engaged. This feature makes the Kangaroo the most ”on-the-go” water bottle on the list, as it doesn’t require taking a cap off and can be easily used with just one hand. Cost: $13.99
8) Vargo – Titanium Water Bottle
From Vargo, the makers of titanium pots, pans, utensils and stoves for camping, comes the Vargo Titanium Water Bottle. Sure you’ve seen countless stainless steel water bottles, but titanium? Probably not. Lighter than steel, incredibly strong and able to withstand greater heat variables (you can literally put this over a campfire and use it to boil water), the 650 mL Vargo Titanium Water Bottle is great for traveling light. Plus, the entire bottle and cap are made of titanium, with no plastic parts whatsoever, making it the safest water bottle to drink from. Cost: $84.95
All of the water bottles on this list are BPA free.
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