10 Best Water Bottles for Travel

The 10 Best Water Bottles for Travel

Water is something we all need. But if you buy three plastic water bottles per day, the costs and waste quickly add up. In the interests of going green and saving green, finding the right refillable water bottle is a must, especially for travel. But finding the right water bottle can mean different things for different people. Maybe you want to imitate an off-duty celebrity, or maybe keeping water ice cold trumps all else. Whether you need a go-to water bottle for a flight, a durable option for the gym, or a water bottle that cleans itself (yes, those exist), below you'll find 10 water bottle options for every need, budget, and desire.

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Best Insulated Water Bottle

Swell Suzani Insulated water bottle

Not one, not two, but three layers of insulation keep your drinks cold for more than 25 hours or hot up to 12 hours in the much beloved S'well water bottles. It's little wonder that celebrities like Katy Perry and Jennifer Garner have been photographed carrying the beautiful multicolored bottles around Hollywood. Available in 9, 16, or 25 ounces, the bottle holds everything from a cup of coffee to an entire bottle of wine (not that we're suggesting any celebs are toting shiraz on the sly). 


Best Glass Water Bottle

Soma 17 oz. BPA-free Wide Mouth Glass Water Bottle with Silicone Sleeve

If you want all the health benefits of BPA-free, borosilicate glass but fear shattering your water bottle, go with a Soma. In addition to the clumsy-proof, shatter-resistant glass, it also features a silicone sleeve that provides a steady grip. The sleeves are available in a variety of fun shades. The bottle holds 17 ounces and fits in most cup holders. All bottles include a natural bamboo cap—it doesn't get much greener than a Soma water bottle. 

$25.88 at Amazon

Best Stainless Steel Water Bottle

YETI Rambler 36oz Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Bottle with Cap

YETI has built a solid name for itself with rugged and dependable products in the water bottle game. The Rambler is an excellent choice that keeps ice frozen and tea piping hot for hours, thanks to an 18/8 stainless steel construction. The triple sealed leakproof cap won't let a single drop of liquid out, and the top is designed to be picked up with just a few fingers for easy portability. The YETI brand is celebrated among campers and outdoor enthusiasts, so the durability is definitely hard to beat. 

$49.99 on Amazon

Best Water Bottle for Drinking More Water

Drink More Water Bottle

The human body is made up of up to 60 percent water, so staying hydrated is a pretty big deal. If "drink more water" was a New Year's resolution or direct order from your doctor, consider the handy dandy UncommonGoods stainless steel and glass water bottle. Its exterior is labeled with encouraging markers like “keep going” and “you made it!," plus helpful time demarcation to keep you on track. Drinking water will be more fun, or at least something you remember to do.

$19.99 at UncommonGoods

Best Water Bottle with a Straw

ZeroWater 26-oz. Portable Filtration Tumbler Mug with Filter

Sometimes you just don’t feel like taking a lid off and on screwing it back on every single time you want to sip some water. Or maybe you have a mobility challenge or are recuperating from surgery, and straws are just easier. The ZeroWater Portable Filtration Tumbler Mug's built-in straw makes for easy sipping. Better yet, the provided filter cleans the water and changes colors to let you know it’s time for a new filter.


Best Water Bottle for the Gym

Under Armour Beyond 18 Ounce Stainless Steel Water Bottle, Matte Black

When you’re in the middle of running laps or lifting sets, the last thing you probably want to do is untwist your water bottle cap, which requires both hands. Under Armour’s Beyond flip top bottle opens with one hand and the leak proof top seals tightly to prevent drips. The ring grip makes for easy carrying no matter what physical activity you’re doing. We like it in matte black for take-no-prisoners gyms and rose gold for boutique barre classes. 

$24.99 at Amazon

Best Self-Cleaning Bottle

LARQ Self-Cleaning Bottle

While most water bottles are easy on the wallet, the Larq Self-Cleaning Bottle is more of a splurge. If you tend to forget to wash your water bottle or are grossed out by the thought of bacteria, the Larq is worth the extra cash. The rechargeable bottle features an LED light that cleans both the water and the bottle with the touch of a button. True germaphobes can activate the self-cleaning mode to purify things every two hours.

$95 at Bloomingdale's

Best Water Bottle for Iced Coffee Lovers

Primula Cold Brew To Go Bottle

You could spend more than a few bucks on a cup of cold brew every morning, or you could save major cash by whipping up your own in the Primula Cold Brew To Go Bottle on the commute. The removable base makes brewing (and cleaning) your coffee on the go an absolute breeze. Simply fill the double-layer stainless steel filter with the coffee grounds of your choice. Add water, ice, and shake. Your cup of coffee will be ready to sip by the time you reach work or your intended destination. And it looks much better than the plastic, sweating iced coffee you bought from Starbucks. 

$19.99 at Bloomingdale's

Best Infuser Water Bottle

Primula Sentinel Tritan Infuser Water Bottle 22oz

For the traveler who just doesn’t love the taste of plain water, check out the Primula Sentinel Tritan Infuser Water Bottle. An interior basket holds about a half-cup of chopped berries, mint, or citrus fruit to infuse the water with a personalized, flavorful, and healthy taste. It pulls out separately for easy cleaning and all parts are dishwasher safe. The durable plastic features easy to grip notches and a one hand flip lid. Never drink boring water again. 

$16.99 at Target

Best Status Water Bottle


If the water bottle you carry is as important to your personal look and brand as your designer handbag, you probably already know about Bkr water bottles. Pronounced "beaker," these coveted bottles were designed by a very hip San Francisco duo and are often seen in the hands of off-duty models, like Gisele Bundchen, on their way to the gym. The glass bottles are covered with a thin outer sleeve that comes in many colors and styles—from spiked to the poison symbol—and sizes of teeny, little, and big. Splash out on the Swaroski crystal water bottle to really make a statement. 

$195 at Bkr

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