I Found The Perfect Camping Cups on Vacation

Here’s why you’ll love them, too.

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February 08, 2019

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When I booked a three-week trip to New Zealand, Australia and Hawaii, I was convinced the very last thing I’d think about was my kitchen. Sure, I’d devour delicious dishes and sip New Zealand wine, but think about the content of my kitchen cabinets? Hard pass. After all, the best part of a vacation is leaving your to do list at home and relaxing.

Maybe it’s my inner shopper, but I discovered Mirenlife’s stackable camping coffee cups a few days into my trip — and immediately added them to my mental shopping cart.

You see, my friends and I scheduled an excursion to check out the glow worms in Waitomo, New Zealand. Halfway through the trip, our tour guide offered us some snacks. He whipped out hot water, cookies, coffee and hot cocoa mix, and, of course, Mirenlife mugs.

Admittedly, I’m the least likely person to become infatuated with camping cups. I am a far cry from being "outdoorsy" and prefer icy cold beverages year-round — yes, even in the winter. But their clever design turned me into a believer.

Made with double-walled stainless steel, these cups claim to keep your beverages warm without burning your hand. One of the reasons I avoid warm beverages is because they’re too warm. To me, holding a hot coffee or tea isn’t cozy; it’s uncomfortable. With these cups, I was actually able to enjoy hot coffee without feeling as if my hands were receiving a second-degree burn. And that’s something coming from a person who’d rather walk around with a cup of iced tea in 30-degree weather.

At almost four inches tall, these cups probably aren’t large enough for the massive cup of Joe you need to start each day, but they’re the perfect size for a midday pick-me-up. And once you’re done drinking, you can stack these cups on top of each other, making them perfect for both smaller kitchens and compact backpacks.

Oh, and did I mention they look pretty nice, too? With a cute and convenient handle, these cups would look just as nice in your cabinets as they would next to a campfire.

Outdoor-friendly coffee cups aren’t the first things I (or many people) would consider a kitchen essential — but I can’t stop thinking about them. Somewhere between the glow worms and New Zealand’s impressive caves, I found myself falling in love with these cups. And if you’re shopping for your next adventure, or even your small studio, you might love them, too.

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