Whether you’re going through security, hiking up a mountain, or exploring a new city, there’s one essential item you should take everywhere—a good water bottle. Anyone who has ever paid too much for bottled water at the airport knows how convenient and cheap it is to bring your own water bottle and fill it up after passing security. But not all water bottles are created equal. Some leak, others are too bulky, and some are just plain ugly.
Best Water Bottle for Travel
Here are some of our favorite water bottles to keep you happy and hydrated on your travels.
The Kor Nava is a stylish bottle that filters water through a built-in straw and replaceable filter. With a sleek design and a comfortable handle that makes it easy to carry, this water bottle is great for walking around a big city or waiting it out at the airport. The click-open cap ensures that the bottle won’t leak in your bag and protects the straw from outside contaminants.
If you’re tight on space, the Anti-bottle from Vapur is a convenient solution. When empty, it’s totally flat and easy to roll up into a very small package. And because it’s so flexible, it’s easy to pack even when it’s full of water. The spout is covered by a cap that will keep your water free from dirt and, despite its appearance, the anti-bottle is extremely durable, dishwasher-friendly, and BPA free.
If you’re worried about the drinking water in your destination, you can save money on bottled water with the LARQ Bottle. LARQ uses UV-C LED technology to sanitize water as you go, killing bacteria with a powerful UV light. Simply fill up the bottle, press the button on the cap, and give it a shake. At $95, the LARQ is on the pricier side for a water bottle, but having safe water to drink is worth the investment.
S’well makes fashionable bottles that promise to keep your cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot drinks hot for up to twelve. The bottles come in a multitude of designs, perfect for every personality, and though they’re expensive, part of the proceeds go to charity.
The Bubi Bottle is lightweight, sturdy, and flexible. Made of non-toxic, medical-grade silicone, this high-performing bottle won’t leak in your bag. When empty, you can roll it up or wedge it in the bottom of your suitcase. This bottle also holds up as an icepack. Just fill it up, throw it in the freezer, and you’re ready to go.
If you’re going to be spending time outdoors, this metal canteen is durable enough to survive the most rugged adventures. Its slim design will fit easily into your backpack, and insulated siding helps keep drinks cold or hot. Made of steel, this is a tough bottle that’s sure to last.
ValourGo Collapsible Bottle
This collapsible water bottle is made of a durable silicone material, which makes it leak proof but also very flexible. For easy storage, roll it up and secure with the rubber strap. The sleek looking bottle also comes at a fair price.
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Jamie Ditaranto is a writer and photographer who is always looking for her next adventure. Follow her on Twitter @jamieditaranto.
Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2016. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.