10 Best Water Bottles for Hiking, Travelling and Work
When going outside for a hike, a light-weight water bottle is one of the most important items to bring with you. But re-usable drink bottles also come in handy when travelling, going to the beach, or at work. That’s why we’ve researched the market and selected 10 of the best water bottles available on the market right now, based on durability, materials used, weight, size and more.
We’ve picked the best water bottles from three different categories: plastic drink bottles, insulated drink bottles and collapsible drink bottles. Most people would pick a plastic water bottle for their hiking adventures, but it’s definitely worth looking into insulated and collapsible bottles as well. Especially the collapsible water bottles are proving to be very practical as they take up very little space when empty.
Why Should You Get a Re-Usable Drink Bottle?
There are many reasons to skip bottled water and to start using re-usable water bottles.
Here are the three most important ones.
1. Mother Nature
Did you know that Australians drink on average 30 litres of bottled water per person per year? And did you know that Australia’s use of bottled water generates more greenhouse gas emissions than 13,000 cars in one year?
The most obvious reason to use a re-usable water bottle instead of bottled water is to help make our planet more sustainable. An estimated 38 billion disposable water bottles end up in landfills each year. But that’s not the only issue. A surprisingly large amount of oil is required to produce the throw-away plastic water bottles we buy every day. The energy cost of producing tap water however is far less.
Each time we drink bottled water, we should be asking ourselves whether it was really necessary to buy that bottle. More than often the answer would be a definite no. The better choice is a top quality, re-usable water bottle that will last for many years. A throw-away water bottle cannot be re-used for very long due to the poor quality of plastic. And sadly, less than 40% of these bottles are being recycled.
Another good reason why re-usable water bottles are a great choice is simply convenience. How many times has it happened that you go out for a hike or to the beach and you don’t have a water bottle handy.
That’s where re-usable water bottles come in. If you have one or more of these bottles at home, it’s just too easy to fill them up with tap water and bring them with you, instead of buying packaged refreshments at your destination. Or fill them up the night before so you can refrigerate overnight and have cool drinks available the next day.
3. Hydrate at Work
Water bottles are also great for in the office. Rather than filling up your cup several times a day, simply use a bottle so you always have enough water available at your desk to hydrate. Drinking water at work is important as it’s very easy to get dehydrated when working in air-conditioned environments the whole day. The problem is that office workers often simply don’t realise they’re getting dehydrated.
Office dehydration is real. Not only does it have a big impact on your performance, it also causes long-term damage to your skin. A re-usable water bottle on your desk makes making a habit of regularly drinking water much easier.
Top 10 Best Water Bottles in Australia
We have grouped our 10 favourite water bottles into best plastic, best insulated and best collapsible water bottles, starting with the best plastic drink bottles.
Plastic water bottles are typically the lightest and therefore perhaps most suitable for hiking. All of the following bottles are BPA-free and designed with convenience in mind. Please note though that these bottles are not freezer safe and not suitable for warm or hot drinks.
1. Camelbak Chute 1L Plastic Water Bottle
The Camelbak Chute water bottle stands out with an ergonomic high-flow spout design and leak-proof cap. Its easy one-handed operation makes having a quick sip super easy. Simply stow the cap in the handle and you’re good to go and have a drink.
The two-finger carry handle and stow-able cap make this bottle a must-have companion when going out for a long walk. And with a generous 1 liter of water capacity, you won’t go thirsty too soon. This is a top quality, highly efficient water bottle, perfect for longer hikes.
2. Contigo Cortland Autoseal 720ml Plastic Water Bottle
If drinking from a straw is not really your thing, the BPA-free Contigo Cortland Autoseal is the better choice. Simply press a button to safely release the seal and drink. It also features a lock button to keep mouthpiece down and locked when not in use, so it’s 100% spill & leak proof.
The wide-mouth of this 720ml water bottle fits ice cubes and also makes cleaning easier. Just like the Camelbak Eddy, this Contigo water bottle also features a top loop to make it easier to carry or to clip it on a bag.
3. Nalgene Tritan Narrow Mouth 1000ml Drink Bottle
The narrow mouth design of this 1L Nalgene Tritan makes drinking super easy. The leak-proof system will make sure you won’t be spilling any water when closed. Made with BPA-free Eastman Tritan plastic materials, this water bottle is super durable and resistant to unwanted tastes and odors.
The superior impact resistance can handle a bit of roughness during your outdoor adventures. Nalgene drink bottles are suitable for both warm and cold beverages but it’s best to avoid warm/hot liquids such as tea.
4. Camelbak Eddy 750ml Plastic Water Bottle
The BPA-free Camelbak Eddy water bottle has an easy-drink straw function with a spill-proof bite valve that lets you drink without having to tip back your head. The valve does require proper cleaning after each use but that shouldn’t be a deal-breaker.
This 750ml bottle is made with durable Tritan Co-polyester material that will last forever. Should you lose any of the parts, not to worry, as they can be easily purchased separately and replaced. The little top loop allows for easy and convenient carrying, or clipping onto a bag or belt.
While this product is marked as dishwasher safe, hand washing is recommended to avoid any unnecessary wear and tear.
5. Nalgene Tritan On The Fly 650ml Drink Bottle
The 650ml “On-The-Fly” model in the Nalgene water bottle range is perfect for shorter hikes or for your workouts in the gym. The robust leak-proof cap can easily be opened with one hand which adds to the convenience.
This compact bottle will also nicely fit in your car cup holder or in your bicycle bottle cage. The Eastman Tritan material will keep this water bottle resistant to unwanted odors.
Insulated water bottles are best suitable on hot days when you want your drinks to stay cold for longer without unwanted condensation. The other bonus of using an insulated water bottle is that they don’t “sweat” so everything else in you bag or on your desk won’t get unnecessarily wet.
A good insulated water bottle should be light-weight to make it easy for you to carry with you while hiking or travelling. Some insulated drink bottles are made with plastic, others with stainless steel or glass, which is ultimately a matter of personal preference.
6. Camelbak Eddy Vacuum Insulated 600ml Stainless Steel
The sleek stainless steel design is what makes this Camelbak bottle stand out from the crowd. The quality double-walled vacuum insulation will keep your drink cold for most of the day without any condensation.
7. Contigo Insulated 650ml Stainless Steel Water Bottle
This 650ml Contigo insulated stainless steel water bottle, designed for active lifestyles, is 100% spill and leak proof when closed. The spout shield keeps the silicone mouth-piece protected from unwanted germs and dirt when not in use. The straw attachment allows you to drink without having to tilt the bottle.
The stainless steel vacuum insulation keeps your water cold for up to 20 hours. The convenient wide-mouth design fits ice cubes and makes cleaning very easy.
8. Camelbak Eddy Insulated 600ml Plastic Water Bottle
This insulated bottle by Camelbak is similar to the Eddy model at number one with the main difference being that this particular water bottle has a double wall design to keep your drink cool for much longer and to also reduce condensation.
So if you like your water to stay cold and refreshing throughout the day, then this 600ml bottle is the perfect solution. It’s also a great choice for an afternoon at the beach on a hot day.
The patented bite valve makes for easy one handed operation. Simply pop up the valve, bite and drink. The spill-proof design makes sure that you won’t spill any water when you drop it, even if the spout is up.
Collapsible water bottles have been on the rise in recent years. They are not just suitable for easy stowing while travelling, they are also surprisingly useful and robust as a drink bottle for everyday use. They aren’t expensive either, so if you’re looking for convenience, a collapsible water bottle might just be the best option for you.
Here are two of the best collapsible water bottles we’ve found to be reasonably priced and of very decent quality:
9. Hydrapak 750ml Stash Bottle
The revolutionary Hydrapak Stash is super compact, flexible and lightweight. With a generous water capacity of 750ml, this collapsible water bottle will keep you hydrated throughout the day without weighing you down. Ideal for travelling, the Stash allows you to carry multiple bottles without adding unnecessary bulk and weight to your backpack or suitcase.
Filling up and drinking is easy. As you can see in the video below, simply remove the cap and squeeze to pop open the bottle, and twist-n-click to close. The narrow mouth makes it easier to drink and pour without spilling.
10. Camelbak Quick Stow Chill Insulated 500ml Soft Flask
Slightly smaller than the Hydrapak, the lightweight Camelbak Quick Stow Chill is able to keep your water cold longer, without the extra weight of traditional insulated bottles. The wide mouth design makes refilling on the fly a breeze. The classic one-piece silicone bite valve guarantees a very user friendly drinking experience.
Maintenance and Care
If you’re using your drink bottle just for water, a good rinse after use is enough to keep them clean. There is no need to use any soap to clean them. Definitely don’t put them in the dishwasher as it will only promote wear and tear, even if the label says it’s dishwasher safe. If you’re using the bottle regularly, it is recommended to give them a good clean with soap once a month or so.
If you’re drinking something other than plain-old water, for example Gatorade or any other sugary drink, you will definitely need to clean it properly after use. One good and natural way of cleaning is to use a bit of baking soda and vinegar mixed up in water.
Thanks for reading, and if you’d like to share with the rest of us what your favourite water bottle is, please do so. It’s always good to hear other people’s experiences.