Can we get an H-2-Ohhhh? When it comes to morning spelling tests, gym class and afternoon band practice, youngsters are more alert, have more energy and learn better when they’re hydrated. And when they’re on their own at school, that means having a water bottle always at the ready—one that’s not going to be a distraction or make a mess. Here are our favorites among the latest and greatest leak-proof sippers on the market.
Flip to Sip
Push the button and out pops the spout on this handy little vacuum-insulated bottle. The 10 oz. size is perfect for smaller kids, and the spout stays covered when not in use—great for drops in the dirt.
Available at Contigo, $15.99.
Thanks to a flip spout and inner silicone straw, kids won’t even need to tilt this bottle to take a drink. Triple insulation means zero chance of lukewarm sips come the end of the day, and the bottle designs are subtle but cute.
Available at Eco Vessel, $22.95.
One Flask Fits All
One flask to fit them all. This insulated stainless-steel bottle doesn’t sweat, and it’s a compact, lightweight pick that’s easy for toddlers to hang onto. Convert it into a sippy for early drinkers with an adapter or just tuck into backpacks as is for older students.
Available at Kleen Kanteen, $24.95.
Pretty designs and simple operation—two-year-olds can open the spout, no problem—earn high marks for this bottle. A spill-proof valve system means no leaks even when the spout is open, and when it’s closed, it’s guarded from germs and dirt by a protective cover.
Available at avexsport, $12.99.
A Space Saver
These 14 oz. “anti-bottle” pouches are all about fun. They come with stickers so kids can create their own face and accessory looks, they have clips for hooking onto backpacks or belt loops and they’re freezable so you can toss one in a lunchbox and know it’ll still be cold in a few hours.
Available at vapur.us, $9.99.
Keep it Cold
Perfect for early school days in the late summer heat. This insulated bottle keeps liquids cold for up to 24 hours, and its screw-on loop cap makes it a better pick for older kids. The small size means it fits in even the smallest of backpacks.
Available at Hydro Flask, $21.99.
We can’t get over the cuteness of the graphics on these artist-designed aluminum bottles. Pick from a sport or standard cap in a variety of colors to complete the look, and your kid will have the coolest bottle in school.
Available at Liberty Bottles, $22.
Sip n’ Grow
Designed for ages six months and up, this line of water bottles in clear plastic or insulated stainless steel is designed to grow with your kid. There’s a soft-spout sippy for the littlest ones and a larger hard-spout sippy and straw bottle for older kids. The lids are interchangeable, so you can buy one cup and switch out the drinking mechanism when your child is ready.
Available at Thermos, $9.99.
Fresh Sips to Go
This ingenious bottle filters tap water through a little attachment at the end of the straw as kids drink to reduce chlorine smell and taste. You’ll need to replace the filters ($7.99 for a pack of three) roughly every two months with frequent use, but the idea is that it’s a lot better than throwing away countless plastic water bottles.
Available at refresh2go, $5.99.
How will your kids stay hydrated this year? Share with us in a Comment!
— Amalie Drury