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The 10 Best Camping Flasks for the Trail in 2021

Camping and booze go hand in hand. How else are you supposed to entertain yourself if you don’t have cell service and Netflix at your disposal? As much as we consider a six-pack of your favorite IPA to be a camping essential, lugging it into the far regions of the wild when you’re already carrying your camping tent and essential gear is not so easy.

Fortunately, modern hip flasks have been around since the beginning of the 18th century, providing a means for the nobles of the time to discreetly sip their libations anywhere they chose. Today, you can pick up a flask in every size and design imaginable, ranging from titanium and stainless steel containers to thermoplastic polyurethane. Carrying a flask helps you avoid carrying the weight of a heavy glass jar and keeps the drinks flowing even when you’re miles from the closest bar. If you’re making some fun camp cocktails you’ll definitely need somewhere to keep them cool and refreshing. Here are the best flasks for camping and hiking trips.

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Stanley Shot Glass and Flask Set

There’s always a great time to break out drinks for friends and you can step it up a notch with this pocket-sized party starter. This kit comes with portable travel shot glasses, a liquor flask, and a carry case using stainless steel to withstand all adventures. An integrated lanyard means no more losing your flask’s cap. Toast to adventure wherever you are with this travel flask kit.

GSI Outdoors Boulder Flask

GSI Outdoors Boulder Flask

This clear case may look fragile but the Boulder Flask from GSI Outdoors is completely shatter-resistant. The silicone grip keeps it from slipping (especially helpful if your hands are wet or sweaty) and the top remains connected to the body, so you can never lose it. The flask itself is 4.3 ounces and it can hold 10 ounces of liquid.

Vapur Incognito Flask

Vapur Incognito Flask

The Incognito’s low-profile design, available in either teal or black, is as flexible as it is simple. The BPA-free flask allows you to discreetly tuck 10 ounces of fluid in your bag or pocket when traveling. When you’re done, quickly run it through the dishwasher. The bundled pourer and freezer-safe components only make it that much more enticing.

Nalgene Flask

Nalgene Flask

Nalgene is a long-standing cornerstone when it comes to containers. The company’s aptly titled Nalgene Flask features a 1-ounce cap and a rugged insulation sleeve, allowing you to stow 12 ounces of your favorite liquid within an assortment of colorful designs that pair well with any pack. And if you drop the sleeve, it weighs a mere 1.86 ounces.

Hydro Flask Rocks Cup

Hydro Flask The Rocks Cup

So, you’ve carried your booze with you all this way — now what? You make a cocktail, of course. While the 10-ounce Rocks glass from Hydro Flask is neither compact nor lightweight, it is one of the best tumblers on the market. The brand’s crazy-good insulation technology will keep your concoction nice and cold.

Platypus PlatyPreserve Portable Wine Bottle

Platypus PlatyPreserve Portable Wine Bottle

We’ve focused on personal-size flasks thus far, but if you’re stockpiling larger amounts for your trip, then this affordable option from Platypus is the way to go. It conveniently holds 27 ounces, which is enough room for an entire wine bottle, but we imagine your favorite spirit will fit as well.

Snow Peak Titanium Round Flask

Snow Peak Titanium Round Flask

Snow Peak has as much a penchant for design as it does cost. As one of the smallest flasks on our list, the company’s titanium container is a prime example of that vision. The polished flask lets you pack 6.7 ounces of liquid into an attractive build that’s designed to curb metallic flavors and unnecessary weight (at a premium price).

YWQ Hip Flask

This sleek matte flask comes with a funnel for easy pouring. It can hold up to 8 ounces of liquid and is made of stainless steel. If you’re looking for something simple and tasteful, this is the perfect flask for you.

Filson Trusty Flask

Filson Trusty Flask
Filson

This flask isn’t just practical, it’s also ruggedly handsome. Like everything from Filson, it’s handmade in the USA with incredible quality. It’s made from food-grade steel and wrapped in beautiful vegetable-tanned harness leather from Wickett & Craig in Pennsylvania. If you value style and function, this 6-ounce flask will be your new favorite camping buddy.

GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Hip Flask

GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Hip Flask
GSI Ourdoors

For the quality, design, and price, you can’t beat this classic modern flask. Made with 18/8 stainless steel, this flask features a curved design that’s designed to fit perfectly in your back pocket. The wide-mouth opening means you can take a big swig of your booze of choice without having to coax it out of the bottle. The attached knurled cap makes it easy to twist on and off, even if you’re wearing gloves, and you never have to worry about misplacing the cap. It’s a perfect companion around the campfire, at the top of the mountain, or in your back pocket at all times.

What alcohol is best for a flask?

The primary function of a flask is to hold some type of liquid comfortably, close to your body. “What type of liquid?” you may ask. Well, any type of liquid, really. You could use your flask to hold wine, water, juice, a sports drink, coconut water, soda, etc. But, why would you do that, when you could keep liquor in it instead? Traditionally, a neat brown spirit is held in a camping flask — think bourbon, rum, whisky, even añejo tequila. Remember, you’ll be drinking this at or above room temperature, so gin or vodka may be excessively harsh when imbibed from a flask.

Who makes the best flask?

The best flask should be comfortable to wear and should have a cap that seals tightly. There are lots of companies out there who make a good camping flask or a good wine flask. We think it’s a good idea to stick with one of the well-known outdoor brands for your first flask — GSI, Snow Peak, Platypus, and Hydroflask are all well-established in the outdoor world. Products from these companies are thoroughly tested and reliable. Chances are, you’re already familiar with these brands, as you’ve seen them while galivanting through the gear store looking for a new camping air mattress, new winter camping gear, or the fishing gear you’ll need on your next trip.

Can I carry a flask in public?

Short answer: Not really, for the most part.

Longer answer: It depends. Flasks are considered to be open containers. If the local laws (for where you plan to carry) allow for public open containers, then yes, flasks are most likely allowed there, too. If the local laws don’t allow for public open containers, then it’s probably illegal to carry a flask in there. As with most things with opaque legality, it’s best to do some localized research beforehand.

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