This past week was a week full of dentist and doctor appointments, plus Little A had surgery. So I was happy to finally see the week end and the weekend begin, at least I thought I would be. As many of you know I picked to have the kids continue to go to the current schools they were already enrolled in, even though we have moved to a hotel. I didn’t want to see them have to go somewhere else and start over again. What does this mean? It means every morning I drive to drop them off from 7-9pm (yes 2 hours in the car) and every afternoon is the same way. Normally I take a LARGE cup of cold sweet tea with me and put it in the cup holder between the driver/passenger seats. There is a slight problem with this though….I have dumped it on me and spilled it in the car three times so far. Why? It has no lid, it was one of those $1 red plastic cups you can get during the summer. I was asked if I’d like to go shopping for a traveling mug and thought it would be perfect timing.
So off to Walmart I went. Here is what I was after: I needed 2 travel mugs, one for me and one for Little A. I needed two two that were spill-proof, wouldn’t burn hands when picking it up if it had hot chocolate in them and needed a handle. Walmart had quite the selection, I first went to housewares and found some near the coffee makers and end cap, next place was the camping area and even more in the car accessories area.
In the coffee section they had a ton meant just for coffee and other hot beverages and the prices were good but not quite what I wanted. I will admit I actually asked one of the Walmart employees where I might find traveling mugs and they directed me here. I liked that they had the coffee traveling mugs in two locations, under the coffee pots and on the end aisle as a display. The only problem was these were really meant for hot which meant it would not keep a cold chocolate milk for Little A cool. Plus the ones I did like “stainless steel types” didn’t have handles. Bummer. It was now time to head over to the camping section.
In the camping section there were very few, most were more for soup thermos or more of your camping jugs for hot liquids but not really meant for drinking while on the road. They also had water bottles which I considered for Little A but I was on a mission to find some traveling mugs. Time to look one more spot, in the car section, I really didn’t think I’d find them but I did….in the car accessories section. Interesting.
They had a ton of options here I liked the bigger mugs. See for me if I’m going to be in the car for two hours I want something that is going to hold 2 hours worth of a drink, whether it is hot or cold. I finally found the spot that had what I was looking for and prices never went over $10 which was a definite bonus. The ones in the coffee area actually went up to $20 and held very little coffee/hot liquids. My favorite collection for traveling mugs is now the Bubba Brand and I think from here on that is what I will always get. I like that they have a strong lid, spill-proof, mine actually has a bottle cap opener which is neat but it does both hot and cold liquids. Little A got one that has two walls so his fingers won’t get burned if he has hot chocolate. His isn’t as spill-proof as mine but still will prevent it for the most part. I’m happy with our findings, I even bought a cell phone holder for the car so when I am between picking the kids up I don’t have to search for my phone when it rings in case it is one of the kids calling me. Now it’ll be right beside me. I grabbed two traveling mugs that I was happy with and a paper before leaving. Hey, I’m a sucker for coupons. hehe.
Here is what the mugs looked like in the car. The bad news is, after doing my shop something horrible happened. My husband and SoccerBoy took the car to see if he could trade it in, came back with a van for me to give an opinion on. I loved it, it would fit us all perfectly. Before going back we decided SoccerBoy would stay to help me with laundry. On my husband’s way home someone rammed into him from behind while they were waiting at a red light. The car no longer drives. But I do have my mugs for whenever we do get a new car. In the meantime Little A is using his as an every day cup and I am sipping my tea at my desk with my big Bubba Mug.
Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. All opinions and thoughts are my own.