The 5 Best Flasks for Camping and Backpacking

The 5 Best Flasks for Camping and Backpacking

Celebrate the outdoors with a swig from your trusted backcountry flask. We assembled our favorite portable beverage containers and included a suggested drink pairing.  The three determining factors to select the best flasks were made based on:

  1. Durability
  2. Weight
  3. Leak-proof capabilities

These are the 5 best flasks for camping and backpacking listed by price:

Best backpacking flask

Snow Peak Men’s Titanium Round Flask  [$150]

If you drink high end spirits, you need a high end flask. Snow Peak made this stunning piece for the rugged outdoorsman who is a classy drinker. Weighing in at 6 ounces the screw top round flask protects your spirits without mudding the taste with a plastic or metallic flavor. Plus this makes a fantastic birthday present or gift for groomsmen.

–  Upside: Sleek and beautiful design, fits in most pockets, sturdy screw top
–  Downside: Pricy….but makes a great gift or ‘treat your self’ splurge.

Drink Pairing: We suggest Michter’s Toasted Barrel – the charred oaky notes paired with a campfire enhances the subtle hints of this barrel aged bourbon.

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Backpacking flask with shot glass

Shot Flask with Built in Collapsable Shot Glass [$18]

Even though this product is not the most lightweight option (weighs 9.6 oz) it’s draw is the built in collapsable shot glass.  For the first time you can do a proper “cheers” with your adventure buddy! Who knows, you might even be able to find another function for the shot glass…cappuccino cup?

–  Upside: Has a removable shot glass integrated into the product
–  Downside: Heavy, container holds a little less booze than a traditional flask

Drink pairing: You need a classic cheering spirit to commemorate the moment with your travel companion. We recommend a 100% agave aged tequila like the pleasantly smooth Artenom Anejo 1146 Tequila.

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Best Backpacking lightweight flask

Nalgene 12 oz Flask [$10]

Nalgene is a brand synonymous with beverage transportation reliability, and their 12 oz flask is not one to disappoint. The lid is tight sealing to prevent leakage, and the slim design allows easy access in and out of pockets and packs.

–  Upside: Weighs only 4 oz, sturdy, durable, good lid
–  Downside: The outside sleeve (red in image) is unnecessary but can be removed

Drink pairing: Invigorate your senses with a sweet rum rich with notes of chocolate covered cherries and tobacco. Diplomatico Reserva Exclusive Rum is an easy sipping spirit that compliments a bold adventure.

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Flexible Flask Backpacking

Vapur Incognito Flask [$7]

This low priced lightweight flask was made for the outdoors.  Easy to pack, foldable, made in the USA, BPA free, dishwasher safe, and freezable.  Very impressive!  Plus it comes in several sizes and has a pour spout to prevent unnecessary spills.  You carried it, you deserve to drink it all!

–  Upside: Everything listed above
–  Downside: Does not include a funnel

Drink pairing: An inexpensive, ultralight flask deserves a great tasting spirit that won’t break the bank. We suggest Fernet-Branca (tastes like Jaegermeister without sugar). Try mixing Fernet-Branca with hot chocolate or coffee for boozy warm beverages with an herby-minty taste.

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Plastic Bottle…Free!

Use the bottle your drink came in again, and again.  As long as the seal on the lid can be tightened to prevent leakage you have a cheap and reusable beverage container.  Apple juice, soda, even plastic booze bottles can work well.

–  Upside: You’re recycling, the bottle is free, some spirits already come in flask size plastic bottles
–  Downside: BPA, the bottle adds plastic taste to drinks, the seal can wear and cause spills, bulky

Drink pairing: The Jim Beam or Taaka Vodka the plastic flask originally came with.

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