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There’s nothing quite like having the comforts of home with you while you’re traveling.
Something I always travel with is my travel mug so that I can cozy up with a cup of tea whenever I am feeling homesick. I purchased it a year ago from REI and it has since traveled to New York, Turkey, Australia and Thailand.
Prior to buying it, I traveled with a bulky, but free, travel mug that took up nearly twice as much space. Obviously it ended up getting ditched faster than you could say “Ryanair baggage restrictions.”
My newer mug is one little thing I now can’t travel without.
>> Check out some other travel mugs and cups at REI.
Why You Should Pack a Travel Mug
Use for Hot or Cold Drinks (and food!)
My mug can hold both hot and cold beverages, so I can use it like a water bottle or for tea, my drink of choice. You can mix yourself a nice ginger tea if you’re feeling ill or homesick.
I’ve also used it as a bowl or to eat food out of at hostels that charge you for the use of plates and cutlery.
Use as a Storage Container
You can store items inside of the mug when you’re on the go, like bags of tea or snacks. The mug fits in most car cup holders and is the perfect way to enjoy a drink on the go right before you hop on an early morning bus.
The travel mug is easy to wash out after uses, particularly if you have boiling water. You could also store your valuables or fragile souvenirs inside, as few people would think to look there while rummaging through your bag.
I’ve found that it came in handy when I took a work trip to New York and wanted an extra cup of tea before starting my day, but didn’t have time to waste.
Use Instead of Disposable Coffee Cups at Cafes
Another perk to traveling with your own mug is that some coffee shops will offer you a slight discount for bringing your own mug. It’s not much, but at least it can cut down on your expenses.
It’s also one of the more eco-friendly things you can do on your trip, rather than constantly tossing those takeaway coffee cups.
So if you’re like me and can’t start your day without a cup of tea or coffee, no matter what country you’re in, a travel mug is a great addition to your personal packing list.
We agree that a travel mug will be taking up precious space when we’re traveling light.
Using a carabiner clip to secure the mug by its handle to our bag is a great way to carry it without having to worry about bulking up our backpack.
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The best packable, collapsible travel mugs
Thinking of bringing your own travel mug for your next trip? Here are some of the best ones you can buy right now.
Stojo Travel Cup
PRICE: $15 || CAPACITY: 12 oz.
Made of food-grade silicon, this pocket-sized collapsible cup can be used for hot coffee or iced tea. Comes in 8oz, 12 oz, and 16 oz size cups.
Me.Fan Collapsible Travel Cup
PRICE: $12.00 || CAPACITY: 9.22 oz.
Talk about tiny! This 9.22 oz graduated cup folds into a flat disc when you’re done with your drink. It comes with a lid to keep the insides clean and a strap so you can clip it to your bag.
MoKo Collapsible Cup with Straw
PRICE: $8.99 || CAPACITY: 15 oz.
This travel cup has a fairly big capacity for such a great price! It also comes with a reusable straw and a strap.
UCO Collapsible Cup
PRICE: $8.95 || CAPACITY: 12 oz.
Designed for camping and hiking, you can bring this cup with you anywhere! Aside from being a cup that you can drink out of, this cup also has volume indicators on its inside walls, so you can use it as a measuring cup when cooking your meals.
HUNU Pocket Sized Silicone Cup
PRICE: $22 || CAPACITY: 9 oz.
This beautifully designed collapsible coffee cup is leak-proof. The strap also works as a cup sleeve to protect your hands when you have a scalding hot coffee in the cup.
Biosys Laboratories Silicone Collapsible Travel Mug
PRICE: $13.99 || CAPACITY: 9.92 oz.
This cup folds into a compact 2.5” cup. It is made from food-grade silicone and is dishwater safe.
Did we miss your favorite travel cup? Share them in the comments below!