Promotional Water Bottles:

Clients and employees who appreciate promotional items will almost always cherish receiving reusable water bottles as a gift. After all, it’s a product that we can reuse multiple times, with a long shelf life. More importantly, it’s a green, eco-conscious option. In other words, the more people buy reusable water bottles, the fewer single-use plastic bottles will pollute the environment.

Naturally, not all clients, including the outdoorsy, hiking types, favour the same variant of the water bottle. Some will prefer rigid plastic, others will opt for metal. Really, it comes down to different designs, sizes, materials, colours, and many other details. Therefore, when we decide to order a bulk of water bottles as promo materials, we have to consider our user base.

In this article, we will explore different types of water bottles for outdoor activities. We will also cover the best way of figuring out what products our customers will enjoy.”

What to Consider With Water Bottles

A water bottle ought to cover all the requirements of an outdoorsy individual. Broadly speaking, there are roughly nine categories we have to examine before we add those items to our shopping basket. Let’s go over each and every one.

Price

No matter what product we’re contemplating purchasing, we have to keep the bulk within our allocated budget. Spending too little for a bulk of bottles will inevitably result in low-quality items that break easily and that people will not want to purchase. On the other hand, if we overpay for the items, we will be in the red financially. And that might prove perilous if the bottles we chose don’t sell.

The best way to approach it is to spend just a bit more than usual, provided that the product has some additional features. Customers love getting a little extra for their money, and the same goes for buying products such as water bottles.

Versatility

And talking about additional features, adaptable water bottles are immensely popular. For instance, we can acquire a single product that will serve as a hot beverage carrier, a cold beverage carrier, and an item that keeps liquid food fresh.

But versatility can manifest in minor ways too. Something as straightforward as a unique colour palette or design quirk can make a significant difference. The same applies to extra straws, different mouth openings, or even small bottle pouches.

Insulation

Many reusable water bottles don’t really retain the heat or the coldness of our beverages, and they’re not intended to. In other words, they’re often just standard bottles, designed to hold any liquid during long journeys such as hikes. But what if we desire something that can actually maintain the liquid’s temperature? Well, we then consider insulated water bottles.

Typically, an insulated bottle is heavier and bulkier than a non-insulated one. Bearing that in mind, they may not be the optimal hiking or backpacking option, simply due to their weight. Nonetheless, our daily commutes to the office will greatly benefit from these items. A single insulated bottle can sustain the heat and freshness of coffee for up to 24 hours.

Weight/Packability

As mentioned earlier, a bulky bottle weighs slightly more than non-insulated models. Therefore, it will add extra mass to our rucksacks if we decide to explore the great outdoors. Furthermore, it may be too substantial to actually pack.

If our customers prefer lightweight materials for long hikes, then we should consider what type of water bottle works best for them. The same goes for the size of the bottles and their shape. After all, a huge bottle will also not fit in a typical backpack, making it difficult to actually walk around with it in our hands or a separate bag.

Functionality

A bottle has to have a defined function. After all, if our client requires something more robust and less lightweight, they won’t appreciate receiving a typical plastic water bottle as a promo gift. Alternatively, a typical hiker might require precisely that kind of bottle.

At this point, it’s advantageous to understand our customers. When we have a solid understanding of what they prefer and how they spend their leisure time, we can tailor our promotional items to their preferences.

Durability

If we aim to sell reusable products, we have to ensure that they are robust and won’t bend or break easily. That’s more challenging than most people realise, because even some of the sturdiest-looking products can snap within the right (or rather, wrong) conditions.

By far, the most durable options for reusable water bottles include those with a stainless steel exterior. There are other metal bottles out there, but their exterior often warps and dents easily. Furthermore, if it isn’t made well enough, the metal can break after prolonged use, meaning the client will have to purchase a new reusable bottle fairly soon after getting the first one.

Eco-Friendliness

Obtaining a reusable water bottle is, in itself, an eco-friendly decision. After all, it reduces the number of single-use bottles we would typically purchase over the course of a year. But some manufacturers actually go even beyond that concept. In other words, they produce bottles that contain zero harmful materials, or are entirely made from recycled matter. The latter option is incredibly useful, since such bottles are biodegradable and actively contribute to environmental healing.

Mouth Size

Some bottles come with wide mouths. Normally, such an option would not be particularly useful if we’re on the move or in a vehicle. Due to the wide, flat opening, these bottles are more likely to spill the liquid inside of them. However, they have one major advantage over regular, narrow-mouth bottles. Namely, if we want to add ice or bits of fruit to our water, we can do it more easily with a wide-mouth bottle. Furthermore, cleaning these bottles is incredibly easy, or at least easier than cleaning narrow-mouth products.

Handle

Yes, plenty of reusable water bottles come with handles. Some of them are part of the cap, others are integrated into the bottle itself. Additionally, these handles may or may not be detachable, depending on the model. Their size and shape may also vary.

Handles have the drawback of making the bottles a bit bulky, hence, a bit difficult to pack. However, carrying our water becomes easier if it has a handle. For example, many hikers simply attach the bottle to the bag using the handle and a robust keyring.

List of Best Outdoor Activities Bottle Options

Insulated Bottles

When selecting an insulated bottle, we should always look for a vacuum-sealed one made from stainless steel. The vacuum is what will maintain the beverage inside either hot or cold for an extended period. Some models can preserve the coolness for up to 48 hours, all without any condensation. And as the vacuum acts as a barrier between us and the beverage inside, we won’t experience any hot or cold burns when carrying the bottle.

Insulated bottles are available in various colours and designs. As a promotional product, if it’s constructed from solid steel, it can even handle some high-level embossing. While it may not be ideal for hikes and long walks, it’s excellent for business commuters who also enjoy the outdoors.

Budget-Friendly Bottles

Is it feasible to find a decent bottle for as little as 1 pound sterling? Well, actually, it is, and it’s quite common. Many low-cost bottles are made from durable, BPA-free plastic, making them long-lasting and easy to clean. Moreover, they typically feature a push/pull cap, which is convenient for drinking while on the go. Shapes, colours, and textures are also limitless with these items, as we can experiment with plastic in any way we see fit.

Obviously, the most significant drawback is the fact that we may feel the heat or coldness through the walls of the bottle. Additionally, unlike insulated bottles, these items cannot maintain the same liquid temperature over an extended period.

Plastic Bottles

Certainly, plastic bottles might cost a bit more than a single pound. And those that do nowadays are quite impressive. Indeed, if we were to recommend purchasing plastic water bottles, we would certainly suggest the ones certified by the Environmental Product Declaration.

These specific plastic bottles contain 50% (and more) recycled materials, making them environmentally friendly and sustainable. Furthermore, they are lightweight, so we can take them anywhere, whether on a hike or on a bus. Although they may not be as robust as stainless steel options, they are still durable enough to last us for years.

Collapsible Bottles

What makes a plastic BPA-free bottle even more appealing to the shopper than its shape, colour, texture, and durability? Well, when it comes to this specific bottle type, it’s flexibility. And we mean that in the most literal sense possible.

Namely, there are so-called collapsible plastic bottles out there that fold or extend like an accordion. There are tons of benefits to such a product. The first and obvious one is the fact that we can fold it so that it takes up very little room in our rucksack. Additionally, since it can expand, we can double or even triple the amount of liquid we can store in it. And to top it all off, it’s an item that we can either hand-wash or put in a dishwasher overnight. All in all, collapsible water bottles are absolutely amazing and we cannot recommend them enough. What’s more, their shape alone will be an excellent marketing method to attract as many new clients as possible.

Bottles With Straws

Bottles with flip-top lids and built-in straws are more popular than one might imagine. They are perfect for runners, since they allow quick and immediate access to the beverage inside. We simply have to pop the lid and take a sip. The straw will do the rest.
Due to their ergonomic shape and high-quality material, the straw bottle is an incredibly sought-after promotional item. We can combine different colours, shapes, and designs for either the lid or the bottle itself. And since the cap is easy to remove, cleaning this bottle is not an issue.

Lightweight Bottles

When do we need a bottle that’s lightweight? Well, more often than not, it will be during a hot summer day when we’re out running or working out. Normally, a lightweight bottle will not hold the temperature of a drink for too long. However, since most people exercise roughly between an hour and two hours each day, that point won’t matter. After all, we will consume the entire bottle well before we stop working out.

Of course, lightweight bottles are also excellent for picnics, road trips, and even brief hikes. They will fit any rucksack and won’t take up any room. We also recommend buying lightweight water bottles with Hydroguard, a special technology that prevents microbial growth in and out of the bottle itself.

Versatile Bottles

When we consider adaptable water bottles, we envision those that amalgamate the finest components of other items on this list. For instance, we can acquire a respectable stainless-steel vacuum tumbler that’s lightweight, reasonably priced, and can preserve temperatures for an extended duration.

But its versatility doesn’t cease there. This tumbler can also amalgamate a flip-top plastic lid and a retractable straw. Both of these items are incredibly crucial to runners, hikers, walkers, and commuters alike. Moreover, if the tumbler has a handle and is dishwasher-friendly, don’t hesitate — make the purchase.

Robust Bottles

Several bottles mentioned so far fall under the category ‘robust’. However, if we desire the most robust options available, we will need to aim for some heavy-duty bottles. And one such choice will encompass a stainless steel body, double-walled insulation, and a non-slip silicone base for enhanced gripping. Additionally, the cap will feature a practical locking mechanism, along with a sturdy handle. Consequently, we can securely attach the bottle to the back of our rucksack and move around without fretting about spills.

Large Bottles

A single small bottle of water will likely suffice for one person. But what if we’re hiking with a group, comprising at least three other individuals? Alternatively, what if we need to hike for an extended period, spanning multiple hours, in scorching weather?

At that juncture, we require more water than usual. A single 36 oz/1 l bottle will serve the purpose. These sizable water bottles generally possess the same attributes as their smaller counterparts. The most significant advantage they offer is the capacity to literally hold more liquid. This will inevitably render them bulkier and heavier than regular ones, but the primary objective is to carry as much water as possible. Since they frequently come with tethered caps, we don’t have to stow them in our rucksacks. We can simply transport them by the tether along the way.

Convenient-Carry Bottles

Occasionally, it’s simpler to stash a bottle in the rucksack and commence trekking. However, with all the paraphernalia needed on a hike or stroll, we might not have space for water. That’s where convenient-carry bottles shine.

Frequently, the finest options in the convenient-carry category will feature handles or tethered caps. Nonetheless, some items come with a carabiner, making them effortless to transport. We simply need to clip them onto our gear and set off. The best part is that they’re crafted from lightweight material, so even when filled with water, they won’t weigh us down.