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. I also bought a carabiner to clip onto the handle so that I can hang it off the straps of my backpack when I’m tight on space.
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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.
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.
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. 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.