Best Mugs for Travel
I know, I know, I know.
You must be thinking, 6 travel mugs?
How many different types of travel mugs could there be – all they should do is hold liquid and be easy to drink from, right? Well, as my good friend François would say,
Au contraire, mon frère!
Technology may not have solved all the world’s problems (like how to make 4 hours of sleep feel like 10!), but technology has done wonders to the world of travel mugs. Today’s mugs are more lightweight, insulated, and durable than ever.
Keep reading for our 6 favorite travel mugs to bring on your next trip!
The Best Travel Mug – Summary Comparison Chart
To summarize, here's a chart summarizing the best travel mugs.
Whether you're a coffee addict needing the best insulated coffee travel mug, a traveler on the go wanting the best insulated travel mug, or a Instagram girl needing the best ceramic travel mug for aesthetics, we've got you covered!
Here are our picks for the best travel mugs available in 2019.
|CamelBak Spill Proof Travel Mug||16 oz||All around best travel mug||Shop on Amazon|
|Bodum Travel Coffee Press||15 oz||Best travel mug for coffee||Shop on Amazon|
|Zojirushi Stainless Steel Mug||16 oz||Best travel mug for over packers||Shop on Amazon|
|Thermos Stainless Travel Tumbler||16 oz||Best insulated travel mug||Shop on Amazon|
|YETI Stainless Steel Tumbler||20 oz||Best travel mug for serious drinkers||Shop on Amazon|
|Contigo Insulated Travel Mug||16 oz||Best for messy sippers||Shop on Amazon|
The Best Travel Mugs
CamelBak Vacuum-Insulated Travel Mug
When CamelBak – the brand that’s been keeping backpackers hydrated for nearly 30 years – comes out with a travel mug for coffee, you know it’s time to pay attention.
Fortunately, the CamelBak Forge 16 Ounce Vacuum Insulated Travel Mug doesn’t disappoint.
This stainless steel travel mug is impact-resistant, comes with an easy-to-wash cap, and has an intuitive design that only requires one hand to open and close – perfect for the modern multi-tasker!
It's also dishwasher friendly which I like for easy cleaning. Finally, the tight seal cap is really handy for messy travelers like myself who are always running on the go and want to prevent spills and clothing stains.
The best part?
The CamelBak is the perfect travel mug for coffee as its vacuum insulation has been tested to keep beverages hot for over four hours!
Bodum Travel Tea and Coffee Press
From a distance, the Bodum Insulated Travel Mug checks all the boxes of what you need from a modern travel coffee mug.
Its stainless steel and double-walled, vacuum-sealed construction means the Bodum is both durable and able to keep your beverage hot or cold for several hours. It’s also dishwasher safe and has a nifty silicone band for a no-slip grip.
But, take a closer look, and you’ll see that the Bodum travel mug has a built-in press and plunger so you can brew your own coffee and tea on the go!
Simply place coarse coffee or a tea bag in the reservoir, add hot water, and you’re all set! You can have your very own french press on the go so I think of it as a a 2-in-1 souped up travel coffee mug.
Finally, it's stainless steel double wall design means hot drinks stay hot and cold drinks stay cold. Everyone makes fun of me for “grazing” food so I find this feature particularly handy to take my time and enjoy my drinks.
Zojirushi Stainless Steel Mug
The alphabet soup model name on this Zojirushi product might make you think it’s an Intel core processor or something.
Well, it’s just a stainless steel travel mug but, to be completely frank, it’s probably more technologically impressive than a core processor!
Zojirushi is a Japanese brand known for its kitchen gadgets and incredible quality. I have a bread maker from them that has 200 extra features I never knew I needed… and their travel mug is similarly impressive!
Featuring an 18/8 stainless steel interior and a patented Slicksteel stainless steel finish, the Zojirushi Stainless Steel Travel Mug is durable, vacuum-sealed to ensure temperature preservation, and has an easy-to-grip yet dent-resistant finish.
It comes in 8 stunning colors and has a wide mouth design for easy access. Finally, it's quite compact yet still holds an impressive 16 ounces of liquid!
This is the perfect travel mug for those who pack light and like to save on space without sacrificing function. Talk about an engineering marvel, indeed.
Thermos Stainless Travel Tumbler
Let’s be honest, people – could I really have a list of the best insulated travel mugs without featuring the latest from Thermos, the O.G. of liquid insulation?
No, I could not. Thermos has the most impressive vacuum insulation technology available as the Stainless King can keep liquids hot for 7 hours or cold for an unbelievable 18 hours.
Not a coffee drinker? Not a problem! The Thermos King Travel Tumbler features a built-in tea hook that can easily function with most tea bags or loose leaf infusers!
If you're a road tripper, the Thermos travel mug fits easily into automobile cup holders.
I have the Thermos holiday mug, which has the cutest red, black and yellow plaid print. It's so festive for colder months.
Here's a handy tip to maximize Thermos' technology: pre-chill the mug in your fridge before using it to extend the life of cold drinks or fill it with hot water for 10 minutes, empty it and fill with your hot beverage for extra hot insulation.
YETI Vacuum Insulated Travel Mug
When a company names its insulated coffee travel mug the “Rambler”, what said company is trying to telegraph is that their travel mug is strong as a freaking ox, people.
Befitting its namesake, the YETI Rambler is constructed entirely with 18/8 stainless steel, a higher grade of metal that keeps the Rambler more shatter-resistant and temperature-controlled the pretty much any other travel mug on the market.
It comes in 5 stunning colors, all with durable color coats that won't fade, peel or crack so you can keep this travel mug as a permanent souvenir.
It's also BPA free and kitchen friendly – so rust resistant, dishwasher safe and puncture resistant.
Plus, at 20 ounces with a lip diameter of 3.5 inches, the YETI Vacuum Insulated Tumbler can fit into all standard cup holders while still being one of the largest coffee travel mugs around!
Contigo AUTOSEAL Travel Cup
The latest travel mug from Contigo includes all the hits – dishwasher-safe exterior, durable stainless steel construction, and impressive vacuum-insulated interior that keeps liquids hot for 5 hours and cold for 12.
Where the Contigo differentiates itself is its patented AUTOSEAL technology which automatically reseals the lid between sips. No more leaks, spills, or fumbling with your travel mug in your car or on your trip.
The lid also opens up for easy cleaning – no more scrubbing endlessly to get gunk out of the cracks! It's easy to use whether you're permanently on the go or just want something for the morning commute.
Drop it, turn it upside down, toss it in your hand bag – the Contigo travel mug won't spill or leak as long as you lock the top switch!
As if this wasn’t enough of a game changer, the Contigo Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Travel Mug comes in 16 cool colors to go along with its unbeatable price!
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