The biggest problem with your average camping cup is that it’s a difficult item to pack. Many people end up strapping their cup to the outside of their backpack so that it’s easily accessible, and so that they don’t have to deal with packing it in an efficient way. But collapsible cups for camping are different. You can throw them in to your backpack and not be afraid about them getting damaged. You also don’t have to worry about them taking up unnecessary room, because obviously, they collapse down.
Collapsible Cups – CampingWhat to look for when you're looking for collapsible cups for camping with.
- Set – There isn’t a lot of variety out there when it comes to collapsible cups for camping, but one is that the cups will sometimes come in a set with other camping cookware, like a bowl. So if you don’t have something to eat out of as well, then getting a set is a good idea, because if you take only one food receptacle camping, a bowl is a good choice.
- Material – When it comes to the material used for your collapsible cup, you have a few different choices. There is the bendy silicon kind that you can crush and maul without damaging. There is also the kind that collapses down in to a flat disc, which is a lot easier to pack than just a regularly shaped cup.
Best Collapsible Cups – CampingA few of the very best collapsible cups for taking camping.
- Sea to Summit X Cup - Sea to Summit has a whole line of collapsible bowls, plates and cups as well. The X cup will hold 250 milliliters when fully extended, but folds down flat, accordion style, when it's not needed so that you don't have to worry about packing around it when packing up camp. The whole thing also weighs just 1.6 ounces, or 45 grams, which is a very respectable weight.
- Guyot Designs Squishy Bowl and Cup - This is actually a set of bowl and cup from Guyot Designs. It uses a very flexible and squishy silicon, and so rather than being rigid and collapsing in a specific way it just squishes flat wherever you happen to put it in your backpack. The cup will hold 177 milliliters, which is not a whole lot, but it's definitely a design alternative worth considering. The cup by itself weighs 1.7 ounces, or 48 grams.
- GSI Outdoors Collapsible Fairshare Mug - The Fairshare mug collapses down accordion style just like the X Cup above, but does have a few distinct differences from that collapsible cup. It comes with a lid, for instance, to keep things warm, as well as a folding handle so that you don't end up burning your hands. The cup will hold 650 milliliters, so quite a bit more than either of the two cups above. There's no word on how heavy it is, but judging by the extra capacity and the lid, it's likely heavier than the other two.