Summer essential: Love Bottle for travel days

I am a softie for a reusable, BPA-free water bottle, and the prettier the better. When I saw the gorgeous selection of glass Love Bottles on offer, my heart leapt in my chest. Based in Portland Oregon with additional art designers located around the world, Love Bottle makes a practical product that’s also beautiful. Each bottle is adorned with an artistic design (mine had Portland’s cityscape on it), and each also features a raised heart on the glass (just to remind you that you’re loved, I guess) and has a handcrafted ceramic swing top lid. This, folks, is the feature people comment on the most, when they stop me and ask me where I got my glass bottle (which they do).

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Each bottle is 100% plastic & BPA free and completely non-toxic. Even better, each is made with about 40% recycled glass. Before trying out my Love Bottle, I worried it would be too fragile for serious travel days, but this glass bottle is substantial. It fares just fine in my carry-on tote or in a water bottle sleeve in my backpack, along for the ride on planes and in cars. The only bummer: because it’s pretty thick and sturdy, it’s also pretty heavy.

Each Love Bottle is dishwasher safe (of course…it’s glass!) and is scratch resistant and lead-free (even in the ink of the art design). The lid has proven to be leakproof as I travel, which is good, because this is my main beef when traveling with a water bottle…a leaking lid! My only actual complaint about my Love Bottle: I wish they made a bigger size. At 16 ounces (500 ml) Love Bottles just aren’t big enough, though I appreciate that a larger size would get heavy.

In addition to my Portland cityscape design, Love Bottle’s website features multiple others, including a design celebrating our earth’s trees (called Love our Forests), water (Love our Waters), mountains (Love our Mountains)…you get the idea. There are also additional cityscapes as well as some state pride designs and mandala designs. All bottles are made in the USA, and each are $25 on the Love Bottle site. You can buy extra lids and seals if you need one (I haven’t had any trouble with mine).


Amy Whitley is a freelance creative and travel writer and founding editor of the family travel website Pit Stops for Kids. An avid lover of the outdoors, Amy makes her home in Southern Oregon, where she, her husband, and three school-aged children spend much of their time backpacking, camping, skiing, and hiking. When not exploring her own backyard, Amy and her family hit the road for travel reviews of resorts, tour operations, and hotels across the country and abroad. Follow Amy Whitley on Twitter and Facebook.

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