Camping and hiking season might be over for all but the hardiest mountain men and women, but that’s no reason not to stock up on great gear for next year. Summer will be back soon enough, and with a few of these drinking accessories, there’ll be even more reason to break out the tent and head out into the wilderness.
From coffee cups to margaritas for all, there’s no shortage of gift options this holiday season.
Hydrapak Stash Collapsible Bottle
Whether you’re heading out on the trail or just exploring a new city, staying hydrated matters. With only limited space in your backpack or daypack, though, you don’t want to be carrying around large, bulky water bottles all the time – especially when they’re empty.
Realising this, the Hydrapak Stash takes a more flexible approach. Quite literally, in fact – the Stash twists and crumples down to a mere two inches high when not in use, but holds either 750ml or one liter of water when extended.
The plastic-molded top and bottom sections keep the bottle firm and secure, and there’s a strap to make it easier to carry or hang off a backpack. Multiple Stash bottles can be stacked together, giving plenty of capacity for long, hot days in the sun without taking up valuable luggage space.
If you’re looking for one piece of camping gear to rule them all, it’s hard to go past the Coolest Cooler. A Kickstarter sensation, it raised over 13 million dollars – and it’s not hard to see why. The list of features is enough to raise the heart rate of any outdoor enthusiast.
The 55-quart Coolest includes an outdoor Bluetooth speaker, USB phone charger, cutting board, internal LED light, plates, knife and even, believe it or not, an ice-crushing blender for creating your own margaritas around the campfire. Stock it up with food, drinks and ice, drag it from the car to your campsite on its rugged wheels, and create your own party no matter where you are.
Now that’s my kind of camping!
IceMule Pro Backpack Cooler
Of course, sometimes you’re heading far enough from civilization that carrying a full-size cooler just isn’t possible. Just because you’re climbing a mountain or walking an overnight trail, however, doesn’t mean you need to suffer warm drinks when you do it.
The IceMule Pro cooler is a heavy-duty drybag and backpack in one, with between 20 and 40 liter capacities. Drop as many cans as you need in the bag – the largest model will handle nearly three dozen of them – then throw in some ice, roll and clip the top, and you’re set.
Insulated vinyl walls mean ice will last a full 24 hours without melting, welded seams keep the bag from leaking, and a sturdy harness helps support the weight of all those refreshments. You’ll be the envy of everyone else in the campsite when they’re drinking warm beer!
If you’re more interested in hot drinks than cold, but don’t want to pack a big, heavy cup just for your morning brew, invest in a Stojo fold-up version instead.
Made from food-grade silicone, with a plastic lid, the Stojo collapses down to a leak-proof disc under 2” high when not in use. When it comes time for a drink, though, the cup expands out to a standard 12oz size, with a lid that won’t spill boiling coffee all over your hand when knocked. Handy.
Of course, you can use the Stojo for cold liquids too, if that’s your preference. Either way, it’s dishwasher and microwave safe, weighs a little over four ounces, and won’t put much of a dent in your bank balance.