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Hydrate better on the go — this $10 reusable water bottle collapses down small enough to fit in your pocket

Versatile enough for icy cold or piping hot beverages, 2,000 shoppers dub it a must-have travel essential.

We all know the importance of staying hydrated. When you’re traveling, getting in your daily dose of H2O becomes even more important — not only to guard yourself against dry airplane air, but to help fend off the effects of jetlag.

Savvy travelers know to pack a reusable bottle, to help them avoid the exorbitant markups on bottled water at the airport. But your reusable bottle can be bulky and take up valuable space in your carry-on luggage. This is where collapsible bottles shine—they're compact, leakproof and budget-friendly. This highly-rated, leak-proof option fits 20 ounces of water when you need it and collapses into a pocket-sized package when you don't — making it a travel must-have.

This travel bottle is made of odorless, food-grade silicone and since it's leakproof, you don't have to worry about any water accidentally spilling in your bag.

$10 at Amazon

Why is this a good deal?

As far as reusable water bottles go, brands like Stanley lead the charge, especially when it comes to insulation. They can be pretty bulky however — plus, they are so expensive, it'd be pretty heartbreaking to leave them behind on a sightseeing tour. This option from Special Made collapses down small enough to fit in a fanny pack when empty — and it's currently on sale for just $10. Seeing that airport prices on daily necessities — like bottled water — are at an all-time high, this is a travel essential that will only keep on giving.

Why do I need this?

When traveling, most people prefer items that take up as little space as possible. Pair that with the seemingly always sudden urge to down a bottle of water on an airplane, and this water bottle will be your new best friend.

Expand it and fill it up before boarding so you'll never be dehydrated on the plane, and when it's empty and not in use, push it down and secure it with the built-in carrying strap. It folds so small that it's able to fit in your backpack or tote pocket — ensuring you don't don't leave it behind during your travels.

You also don't have to worry about this bottle spilling everywhere since it has a patented screw cap that prevents leaks and splashes. Since it's heat resistant and can withstand temperatures from -60°F to 390°F, so you can pop it in the freezer to have some slushy hydration, or you can fill it with hot beverages on a chilly day.

Collapsible water bottle on sale on Amazon
Take the collapsed bottle through TSA with no issues and fill it up once you get to your gate. Simple! (Amazon)

What reviewers say:

With over 2,000 five-star reviews, it's no surprise that shoppers love this thoughtfully designed bottle. Several shoppers said it's become their new favorite travel bottle, especially when flying.

"I bought this for a 2023 trip to Europe, thinking I would need a portable, flexible, and foldable water bottle as I moved through airports and train stations," one five-star reviewer wrote. "The bottle folds up quite small and while made of very soft rubber, it holds up well."

Nervous that it may still leak, even though it's advertised as leakproof? The same shopper had the same reservation, but said it's the real deal. "While it feels a little like it may collapse and squirt water on you when it is full, it never has," she added.

Another shopper said she and her folks use this bottle when heading on family trips. "We have these in our theme park bag," the shopper wrote. "Instead of buying drinks, we would just refill, drink, then collapse!"

After trying a few different collapsible bottles, one reviewer even said this was the best of the bunch. "Just came back from Kauai and had brought three different collapsible bottles," the detailed reviewer shared. "This, by far, was the best. Having a hard plastic top with a mouth part/screw top set this apart. You are able to actually drink from it without it collapsing."

Some reviewers shared some minor cons about the bottle, though. One said it gets "a little heavy" when you fill it up, another said she wishes it was a bit larger, and one more mentioned that it would be perfect if it had a clip for hanging. However, all three reviewers noted the bottle's overall convenience overshadows these little setbacks.

This bottle isn't just reserved for traveling. Shoppers also love using it while hiking, camping and working out.

$10 at Amazon

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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.