Durable, insulated, and easy to hold.
By Trent Jonas
When summer winds down and the air starts to crisp, we start dreaming about fall camping trips. On a cool fall morning, there's nothing quite like a hot cup of coffee or tea to warm you up and get the day started. The right camping mug can make all the difference—between the size, the handle, and the insulation quality, you'll want something that checks all the boxes for you. Here are a few of our favorite camping mugs you should try this fall camping season.
A sure bet for keeping your hot drinks hot and your cold beverages cold is the 12-ounce Coffee Mug from Hydro Flask. Using the same proprietary TempShield technology (double wall vacuum insulation) as they do to make their beloved water bottles, Hydro Flask’s mug entry is just as dependable. The press-in lid is also insulated to maintain your drink’s temperature while preventing spills, and the exterior of the stainless steel mug has a “soft touch” finish so the mug feels cozy against your hands.
Reminiscent of the enamel camping mugs of yore, the Miir Camp Cup is a modern take on the outdoor hot beverage experience. The Camp Cup is made from medical grade stainless steel, so all you taste is what you’re drinking—not the cup—and the powder-coated exterior feels great in your hands. Its double-walled, vacuum insulation and BPA-free press-in lid will keep your favorite beverage hot. And if you’re feeling nostalgic, you can even get the Miir Camp Cup in a speckled pattern like that of an old enamelware camping mug.
The 14-ounce Rambler Mug from Yeti is designed for toughness while maintaining the temperature of whatever you put in it, whether it’s coffee, whiskey, or chili. The Rambler is vacuum insulated with double wall construction and comes with the lid that is standard on larger, wide mouth Rambler models—which means your hands remain protected from the heat or cold of the contents inside the cup. The outer coating is fingerprint and slip resistant and the whole thing, mug and lid, both, is dishwasher safe, which makes it super easy to keep clean.
The 12-ounce Camp Mug from Stanley incorporates the brand’s famous design aesthetic with its renowned vacuum insulation technology, keeping both heat and cold—so you can use your mug at breakfast, as well as happy hour. The Camp Mug will keep a hot drink warm for up to one and half hours and cold beverages cool for as long as three hours. An iced beverage will stay cool all day long in the Camp Mug. The press-fit Tritan lid, with its flip-to-sip opening, will help prevent campsite spills.
For backpackers who need to save weight and space but still relish that morning cup of joe, the GSI Infinity Backpacker is the camping mug for you. Made from BPA-free recyclable polypropylene, the backpacker will hold 17 ounces of your favorite beverage while weighing in at less 5 ounces, itself. A cloth-wrapped, neoprene sleeve and a sealable sip-through lid will keep your drink hot, and when you’re finished, the sturdy webbing handle will collapse flush to minimize the space the mug uses in your pack.