Skip the Bulky Water Bottle and Carry This!

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The Platypus Softbottle water bottle easily folds for storage.

Do you carry water in your bag or backpack?

As a mom, my bag is brimming with things that keep our busy family on the go! I recently discovered collapsible water bottles that save space and weight!

My kids give the Platypus Softbottle water bottle a thumbs up on hiking trips.

Have you seen this type of collapsible water bottle before?

We have a few of the Platypus brand, and they’re super handy because they can be re-filled. Then they collapse and fold up completely flat to easily store in any bag or purse.

The Platypus Softbottle water bottle stands upright when full.

These rock because they:

  • Hold 2 liters of water, then collapse and fold flat to fit into your pocket! 
  • Do NOT leak!
  • Weigh just 1.3 ounces. 
  • Are BPA-free and do NOT have any sort of plastic taste or smell. 
  • Have a stable base so the bag stands upright when filled.
  • Are ideal for toting water or any other beverages!

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Perfect for hiking, backpacking, and travel!

We take these on casual day hikes, and they work perfectly in a daypack. My son is in Scouts and is starting to go on backpacking trips where you have to be very conscious of backpack weight (Platypus water bottles weigh 80% less than regular water bottles).

Hip Tip: You can also freeze these water bottles and keep them in your cooler, so they can serve as ice packs and can be used as drinking water!

The Platypus Softbottle water bottle easily folds to store.

While I’m pretty sure these were designed for backpacking and outdoor activities, a Platypus is handy for any situation when you need to carry some water. Instead of carrying a bulky water bottle in my purse or bag, I’ll stick one of these halfway full, and it works great.

There’s also a smaller 1-liter size with other fun colors available, too.

Are they easy to clean?

YEP! I don’t wash mine in the dishwasher. I just use hot, soapy water and rinse. (For a deeper clean, see Platypus’s cleaning instructions.) To dry, blow up the bottle with some air and let dry.

Where can I buy?

We originally found our Platypus at REI. They’re also sold on Amazon and Walmart! I like how affordable they are, too!

Besides Platapus, there are other highly rated brands of collapsible water bottles to look out for.

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Valpur Collapsible Water Bottles

You must check out this Valpur brand, too! They’re in the same $6.99- $15 price range and come in a wide variety of patterns and sizes. I also like that they can clip to your bag!

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Baiji Bottle Collapsible Silicone Water Bottles

These silicone water bottles come highly rated for travel because they fold completely down to save space in your purse and carry-on luggage! Clip these to your child’s backpack for school, too!

Have you tried any of these collapsible water bottles? Let us know in the comments!

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Comments 18

  1. Mandi

    I purchased a couple of the Valpur brand collapsible water bottles years ago before going on an airline trip with my boys. I didn’t want to constantly buy bottled water and plastic water bottles are bulky. These were perfect and we’re still using them!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Awesome! Thanks for sharing 👏

    • Bunny

      We also use for airline travel. Just fill it up when you’re on the other side of security check in. I hang the bottle on the seat pocket in front of me so it’s always available. It’s especially helpful on some international flights where they do not even give you water for free.

  2. ddd0319

    I use the smaller ones for my kids lunches! Love them!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Perfect – thanks for sharing!

  3. coby

    wondering if these can be frozen since its summer and cold water is preferred

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes we have frozen the platypus brand for sure!

  4. JES

    We use these to carry alcohol in our luggage. Drinks are expensive on vacation, these have saved us a bundle. We wrap them in a couple of dishtowels and then double ziplock it.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh nice idea! Thanks for sharing 👍

    • Cami

      Great idea!!😂

  5. Casey

    My only complaint would be that after years of use you can’t recycle these. The water bottle I have now can go in the recycling bin when it needs to finally be trashed.

    • Jen

      Totally agree. They get to the point of being unable to get them clean and need to replaced. However super handy for travel and camping. For everyday use, I use a glass bottle to reduce plastic waste.

  6. Weber14

    Thank you, we have been looking for a light kid friendly bottle for hiking.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Nice and you’re welcome 👍

  7. nicole

    I use them for arena events. I take them in empty and fill them at the water fountain! (Saves us $5 a drink per event) I’m never hassled when I use these, but when I take in traditional empty water bottles they ask me to prove they’re empty or consider if I’m allowed to take them in etc.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh interesting. Thanks for sharing!

  8. 50ShadesofLipstick

    I really like the idea of glass and stainless steel water bottles. We try to avoid plastics as much as we can period, b/c BPA-free doesn’t mean that it’s safer than traditional plastic or w/o health risks. Sucks!

  9. Cristine

    I have a bad habit of not cleaning out my bag, are these prone to mold if left for too long?

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