Today’s post is brought to you by Stanley.
During a backpacking trip earlier this year, I tried to make a point of documenting some of the differences between how Alex and I camp…the things we bring, our preferred snacks…the kind of thing that would make for a really cute mini-album now that I think about it!
One thing I noticed for sure is that Alex is really rough on his water bottles. We have some very well-loved bottles that Alex has put through their paces. He’s dropped them from the top of rock formations in the Indian Cove Campground in JTree, they’ve rolled out of the truck and into the street numerous times, and sometimes they bang against poles/railings as they swing from his backpack. Alex is an excellent gear tester when it comes to seeing if things last!
We have an impressive collection of water bottles I picked up at Outdoor Retailer in August but I was a little hesitant to bring them camping with us last weekend because I wasn’t interested in getting big dents or huge scratches in the sides of my beloved bottles.
Luckily, Stanley reached out to me and offered to fuel our adventure with a few items that could take whatever Alex could throw their way. We received a one-hand vacuum mug, adventure flask, and classic pint glass to put through the paces one our weekend escape to Joshua Tree National Park.
Stanley has been a part of my adventures since I was young. My dad had a Stanley vacuum bottle covered in stickers from Yosemite and Mammoth Lakes for as long as I could remember…in fact, my brother and I had to practically force him to upgrade his bottle a few years ago when it was looking a little too used. We replaced it with another Stanley Classic Vacuum Bottle and a smaller vacuum set for soup and warm lunches. I’m glad that Stanley is one of those brands that stands the test of time and only improves with age :)
Alex and I filled the adventure flask with the last of our Jameson, brought delicious hot coffee with us on the ride out to JTree in the one-handed vacuum mug, and Amy and I tried a pear hard cider from the classic pint glass (that comes with a bottle opener!).
My favorite item is the one-handed vacuum mug because while I stressed that it was rolling around the back of my car (full of day old coffee) on Monday as I was in stop-and-go traffic on the I-405 freeway, I was beyond thrilled that the top kept things in check! The last time I left a travel mug in my car the tiniest movement would result in a ridiculous leak.
If you’re in the market for gifts that will keep up with the adventurer in your life, these will be great.
- Get the Adventure Flask for: the peak bagger who deserves some whiskey at the top of a mountain
- Get the One-Handed Vacuum Mug for: the weekend warrior who wants something to take to work and to the trailhead
- Get the Classic Pint Glass for: the storyteller who prefers a microbrew around the campfire over whatever is cold and cheap
This adventure was sponsored by Stanley as a part of the Give the Gift of #Stanleyness campaign. Opinions and stories shared in this post are my own.