The 10 Best Travel Mugs
Traveling With Beverages
On a lazy Saturday morning, the iconic family looks forward to enjoying a quiet meal at the breakfast table.
Parents will usually be sitting down with a nice hot mug of coffee or tea.
The world went and got itself in a big damn hurry, said by Brooks, from the famous story of the Shawshank Redemption. Brooks absolutely had the hurry part right. As society evolves over time to automate tasks and make getting from one point to another less of a hassle, so does technology and convenience along with it.
On a lazy Saturday morning, the iconic family looks forward to enjoying a quiet meal at the breakfast table. Parents will usually be sitting down with a nice hot mug of coffee or tea. While there's a lesson to be learned from using a house mug to relax, that same couple needs the convenience of taking those beverages with them on the go during a busy week, particularly if they'll be driving or commuting to work by train.
For that reason, the travel mug becomes a necessity for many. As much as a person might wish to take their favorite large ceramic mug with them in the car, it wouldn't be very practical or beneficial to a car's upholstery. The travel mug is also easier to hold and often fits into a car's built-in cup holders.
The majority of travel mugs are small to medium in size and usually feature some type of thermal insulation designed to keep your beverages hot (or cold) and completely enclosed for an extended period of time, while also preventing burns and spills as you travel. This is true as long as a mug's lid has been properly secured.
Such mugs also have an opening on their tops from which the beverage may be sipped in a controlled manner. Travel mugs also provide double-walled construction with stainless steel being used for the inner wall, and a combination of steel, plastic, or even rubber for the outer wall.
Fill lines are a welcome addition to travel mugs, as they prevent overfilling and potential spillage. Finally, most travel mugs are designed without handles. Contrary to what you may believe, the lack of a handle actually makes grabbing the mug easier on the go, since there's less of a distraction that might otherwise force you to take your eyes off the road when driving.
Travel mugs are reusable and environmentally-friendly. Many of them can store up to three or four servings of your favorite beverage and will easily clean in the dishwasher. To take this a step further, a variety of coffee shops also encourage commuters to bring their travel mugs with them when purchasing a cup of coffee, or tea.
The baristas working in these shops are more than happy to prepare beverages using your own mug and will often provide a discount for doing so. This certainly saves on the use of plastic and paper cups, which would otherwise need to be thrown out.
Contrary to popular belief, many cups given to consumers in coffee shops cannot be recycled because they're lined with plastic and some amount of wax material that prevents the cup from dissolving due to the heat of a beverage. For that reason, paper cups of this style must still be thrown out, putting your travel mug in a more eco-friendly light.
A Brief History Of Travel Mugs
Some of the earliest mugs from the Neolithic Stone Age were made from carved wood, bone, and clay. These mugs date as far back as 10,000 BCE.
Porcelain mugs are still quite common today, though not so much in the travel capacity.
With the evolution of metalworking, mugs were eventually made using bronze, silver, gold, and lead. However, the problem with metal mugs was that they weren't practical for hot beverages unless you fancy burning your hand carrying the thing.
By the year 600 CE, the invention of Chinese porcelain allowed for mugs to be constructed with thinner walls, while also being able to accommodate both hot and cold beverages without burning the skin. Porcelain mugs are still quite common today, though not so much in the travel capacity.
Thermally-insulated travel mugs were first introduced in the 1980s and are still as popular as ever with today's get-up-and-go mentality of enthusiasm that drives many of us to drink coffee in the car or on the bus.
How To Find The Best Travel Mug
Regardless of the way people prefer to travel, one must be certain the mug they choose can keep a beverage either hot or cold for an extended period of time. That is, after all, one of the main purposes for owning such a mug. It wouldn't make a lot of sense to invest in a travel mug that spills easily, does not fit into a car's cup holders, or that wouldn't maintain the temperature of your beverage long enough to enjoy it.
If you plan to use your mug every day, finding one that's dishwasher safe is also beneficial.
To make sure a travel mug can be used as intended, search for one that is durable, made from stainless steel with relatively thin walls, and has a slender design that makes it easy to store in the car.
A mug with a wide mouth is also recommended, as it makes both pouring and drinking simple. The lid should also be easy to secure, yet sturdy enough to protect one's self from spills and messes. Plastic lids are helpful for this reason.
Some travel mugs also feature a nonstick internal coating, which makes cleaning a breeze. If you plan to use your mug every day, finding one that's dishwasher safe is also beneficial.
Since comfort matters, travel mugs with silicone grips make holding them easier, so you don't have to fuss with grabbing them when you're stuck in traffic or when you can't take your eyes off the road.