Stanley Mountain Vacuum Trail MugThere are plenty of ways to take your liquid refreshments along with you, but once your list of needs for the transportation of your favorite beverage number more than about two, the options get fewer. That’s why I’ve been using the Stanley Mountain Vacuum Trail Mug on my recent trips.

I want my hot drinks to stay hot for longer than an hour, and I prefer that my cold drinks stay cold for a while, as well. This mug keeps drinks hot or cold for up to six hours, and iced for up to 30 hours.

I want an easy way to carry the mug when my hands are full. The Mountain Vacuum Trail Mug has a handy folding loop that extends when you want to clip it to packs, or just carry it looped on a finger.

If I have to toss the mug into a bag, into my car’s backseat, or into a tent, I don’t want the liquid leaking all over. This mug has an integrated screw-top lid that doesn’t leak. I’ve done all the above with it, and my coffee or cocktail stays where it’s supposed to—waiting for me to drink it. That lid also opens wide when you do want to drink your beverage.

I want to be able to put my mug into the dishwasher to clean it, because I’m somewhat lazy. That’s totally cool with this mug.

I want my mug to ride along with me, not quite Thelma and Louise style (but close), when I have to take a road trip. And I want it to fit in the car’s cup holder. For the Mountain Vacuum Trail Mug, that’s an easy requirement.

Don’t let the name fool you. You don’t have to be going to the mountains, or hiking on a trail to find this 12-ounce travel mug valuable. It’s also BPA-free, and the 18/8 stainless steel won’t rust if you accidentally leave it out in the rain. That wasn’t me, by the way. I always take care of my beverage containers, especially when their features stand up to my travel requirements.

The Stanley Mountain Vacuum Trail Mug lists for $25 on the Stanley site, and is also available at Amazon.

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