The Best Water Bottles for Travel

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Best Water Bottles





Water Bottles for Travel

Even as I saw technology disrupt how we booked hotels (or, rather, random apartment rooms), called taxis, and paid our bills, I never thought I’d witness modern technology and innovative engineering disrupt, of all things, water bottles.

As recently as high school, the water bottles I used during workouts were effective but cheap ones that I either picked up from the school store or got for free at a charity 5K race.

The decals would chip easily and you needed lots of ice to have cold water post-workout, but they got the job done.

Today, any candidate for the best water bottle seems guaranteed to feature vacuum insulation, durable and modern materials, and a convenient design.

While these traits are common to most water bottles, variations in size, weight, and engineering make some bottles preferable to others depending on your intended use.

Keep reading for my top picks for the best water bottle!


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Best Water Bottles for Travel (2021)


Best All Around Water Bottle: Takeya

In its flagship vacuum-insulated water bottle, stainless steel specialists Takeya offer what may be the market’s best running water bottle.

Its narrow body features double-walled insulation that keeps liquids hot and cold for, respectively, 12 and 24 hours, food-grade stainless steel that won’t absorb or transfer flavors (perfect for post-run shakes!), and a leak-proof twist cap that won’t cause any headaches while you’re moving quickly!

The flip lid stays securely out of your face when drinking and the wide mouth is convenient for adding ice or supplements.

Takeya Water Bottle

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Best Travel Water Bottle: Stanley


Stanley makes a variety of great water bottles and travel mugs. 

I’m a huge fan of their vintage style canteens so I have a couple water bottles from the brand. My favorite is their wide-bodied admiral’s mug, which is great for road trips or traveling. It has a stable base that’ll sit securely, even on moving vehicles or boats, and a flip cap lid.

I also love their small travel bottle, that’s easy to tuck into a bag when traveling on the go!

If you want an easy to carry water bottle, check out their 22 oz flip straw that has a built-in straw for quick sips. It’s fully leak proof, with a stylish rotating handle and keeps drinks cold for up to 45 hours.

Stanley Travel Water Bottle

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Best Wide Mouth Water Bottle: Hydroflask


Hydro Flask is well-known for their bright and pastel colored water bottles.

Their double-walled travel cups have a nice roomy mouth, if you’re serious about getting your hydration. But, the 21 oz cups still easily fit into a car cup holder for easy portability. 

I like the wide range of powder coated colors that don’t sweat on surfaces and are anti-slip.

And best of all, you can choose from a wide variety of caps. There’s a sports cap option, twist-on, and built-in straw lid depending on your preference.

HydroFlasks keep cold beverages cold for up to 24 hours and hot drinks for up to 12 hours.

Hydroflask Wide Mouth Water Bottle

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Best Easy Open Water Bottle: Contigo

For the best metal water bottle that’s both sleek enough for the office yet durable enough for the gym, check out this Autoseal Chill Stainless Steel Water Bottle from Contigo.

Featuring double-walled vacuum insulation (keeping drinks cold for 28 hours), a seal that can be operated effortlessly with a flick of the finger, and a nifty spout cover that protects against germs and grime, the Contigo Autoseal bottle is perfect for any environment.

Contigo Stainless Steel Water Bottle

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Best Water Bottle for Hiking: Camelbak

Given they reinvented the best hiking water bottle with their famous hydration packs, it’s no surprise that CamelBak has delivered yet another premium product with their Chute Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle.

The Chute spout features an innovative technical design that is conducive for both one-handed use and rapid hydration.

The interior features a stainless steel double-walled vacuum insulator that keeps liquids cold and hot for 24 and 6 hours, respectively.

Camelbak Vacuum Insulated Water Bottle

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Most Stylish Water Bottle: Simple Modern

The Summit from Simple Modern combines two key technologies to create a leading candidate for the best water bottle currently available.

The first is a double-walled vacuum insulator, which creates void space between the liquid and bottle exterior through which heat can’t transfer. The second involves lining the inner wall with copper, which further reduces heat transfer.

Depending on the bottle size, the Summit can keep liquids hot for up to 12 hours and cold for up to an incredible 48 hours.

Simple Modern makes several varieties of water bottles, but our favorite is the classic tumbler, which comes with two lids. There’s both a straw lid and flip lid depending on your preference.

Simple Modern Vacuum Insulated Water Bottle

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Which is your favorite water bottle for travel? Let us know in the comments!





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1 Comment

  1. Anonymous
    November 4, 2021 / 2:34 pm

    Great review! Bringing your own Insulated water bottle is indeed the best way to keep you hydrated during a trip. Thanks for sharing.

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