I’ve got a major dilemma over here: water bottles. I pack a reusable water bottle for the kids’ lunches every day, but the problem is, most weeks someone’s lunch box comes home soaking wet because the water bottle has leaked. Or, the water is hot by the time lunch rolls around (this is a problem mostly in hot weather obviously). These water bottles aren’t cheap, and I’m tired of “trying” them out. What gives?
OK, here’s what we’ve tried:
1. Thermos: Love the flip top, keeps water ice cold for hours, and easy for little kids to use. Really hard to clean if anything but water is put in it. And this sounds silly but it’s really annoying to put ice in them – it definitely makes a difference when I am making 4 lunches in a morning rush, though. Plus the big kids think it’s a little too “baby” – but I’m sure that’s because we still have character ones. Flipping through the Thermos web site, and I see they have tons of options but they are pricey – is there a “best of the best” Thermos?
2. CamelBak (plastic, 16 oz): Not well insulated at all, but big enough for big kids’ needs. Has leaked several times.
3. Polar Bottle Insulated: Keeps water cold, easy to clean, but this one definitely leaks A LOT.
4. Thinksport: Stainless steel bottle and vacuum seal holds liquids ice cold (or piping hot) for hours. Great for bigger kids and adults but too complicated for the little ones. If the top isn’t screwed on well enough, it will leak. Kind of a pain to clean.
As you can see, I haven’t found the Holy Grail of water bottles. The Thinksport it probably the best for me, but as far as kids’ lunches go, it’s not the perfect one. I really want to hear from you – do you and your kids love their reusable water bottle?? What is it and where did you get it? Surely someone in the Smarty community has found THE perfect water bottle! Let’s hear it!
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