Traveling with Contigo, My New Best Friend {Giveaway}

Do you ever fall in love with a product so much that you refuse to leave the house without it?  Well, that’s me and Contigo.  I bet we have gone through hundreds of water bottles and travel mugs over the years because they leak, don’t keep things warm (or cold), and are cheaply made.  I absolutely believe you get what you pay for in this instance.


Let me tell you why I said yes to reviewing Contigo products.  1) Toby is a water hog. He has to have a water bottle on the bike, in his truck, at the track, in the weight room, and while he’s watching TV.   2) Truett thinks he has to do everything Toby does so he also has to have a water bottle at all times.  3) Noe drinks coffee every single morning and always takes a cup to go.  There are lots of bumps on the ranch roads so a good travel mug is in order. 4) I’m trying to drink more water and find that if something has a straw, I get more in. 4) It takes 30 minutes to get to town so even if we’re not ‘traveling’, we’re still traveling.  Someone always gets thirsty and we love to take water bottles with us while on-the-go.

During the school year, if you notice your child getting a little sluggish, chances are they’re dehydrated.  Think about how much they drink during the school day as opposed to be home all day.  Probably not near as much as they need.   Since Truett’s bus ride was almost 25 minutes long, I started sending a water bottle with him on the bus. By the time he got to school, he already drank it and was hydrated for the morning.  Hydration is so important!   I was looking at this infographic and was shocked that only 5% choose water for on-the-go.  That’s crazy to me!  Honestly, I don’t want Truett picking up my bad soda habit so I’m trying so hard to encourage water every chance I can.

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We are traveling to Houston in a few days and will be using Contigo reusable bottles to hydrate us all the way.   I plan to follow up with you guys on our exact opinions of these but so far, they have been AWESOME!  And the AUTOSPOUT®  is fabulous! Today, I’m giving you the chance to win 5 Contigo Products!


How to Enter:

Leave a comment on this post sharing a travel tip.  You can do this daily as long as it’s a different tip.

While I never require it, I ask that you please share this giveaway via social networks like twitter and facebook. I appreciate it and the sponsor appreciates it.   Giveaway ends on July 5th at about 10pm CST. 

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  1. says

    I usually try not to eat or drink when traveling by myself. Saves on the unnecessary stops. A definite must though are food items that do not have a lot of crumbs because that just invites bugs into your car. Always have a solid tight sealed drinking bottle because those can fall over very easily.

  2. Linda says

    Thanks for the fun giveaway! We always have our GPS ready, water bottles, snacks packed (zip locks with chips, granola or sliced apples), pillows, electronics (plus car chargers!).

  3. Becky Gifford says

    I always try to freeze calorie free water flavoring cubes, Mio, Crystal lite, New Koolaide calorie free drops… so when I make the water to go it doesn’t melt and make the drink flavorless…er

  4. Doris says

    We like to get gas at Costco because its a little cheaper. You can go to their website and print out a list of all their stores with gas stations.

  5. Melissa P. says

    When we are traveling, I like to freeze a gallon jug of water and use that as my ice pack in my cooler. Then I can refill my Contigo Water Bottle with fresh cold water.

  6. Wendy says

    I always freeze water in bottles for the ice chest to pack alongside any snacks that might need refrigeration. So when we’ve finished the water we are carrying with us, we can refill from the ice chest water bottles that have now thawed some.

  7. Mary Beth Elderton says

    Those small coolers that are made for a six pack of soft drinks are a great way to bring snacks on a car trip,

  8. Brandi says

    It’s always a good idea to keep some ziploc baggies in the car (great for wet/soiled clothes, snacks, etc.). Also, never leave home without baby wipes!! We always keep an extra pack in the car — great for wiping dirty hands/faces/bottoms, cleaning off public restroom toilet seats, spills, and many other things). :)

  9. Cynthia says

    There are several things that we do when we travel. We always include a cooler (soft sided that fits behind a seat) to carry ice (in baggies), bottled water, drinks. Some other items we carry include snacks, hard candy/mints, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, paper towels, and a trash bag. Carrying our own drinks and snacks cuts down on expenses when you stop for gas or restroom break.

  10. says

    It sounds dumb, but make sure to do a potty stop before you leave the house! You never know what traffic is looming down the road! At our house, EVERYONE makes one last stop before we hit the door!

  11. Shani F. says

    If we are on a road trip, we stop every couple hours to let the kids get out and play for 10-15 minutes.

  12. KAPP says

    love this giveaway…will have to try this brand of travel bottles. i too have tried many, many, many. My travel tips are to always have a change of clothes, shoes and blanket in trunk in case of weather change. I also like to have water in the car in case i’m stranded or stuck in traffic. I am a mega commuter and drive 50 miles each way to work :(

  13. Mary Beth Elderton says

    Keep single serve and sample sized items in a tote bag. I carry things like instant coffee, creamer, sugar packets, those plastic fork and napkin sets from fast food restaurants, etc. Very handy.

  14. Sandy says

    Keep a few plastic grocery bags in the car. They come in handy for so many things. They can hold a we bathing suit or muddy shoes in the summer and snowy boots or damp hats and scarves in the winter. Many other uses, too!

  15. Missa Lynn says

    I like to freeze grapes and take them with me in the car. They’re great for hot summer days!

  16. Shani F. says

    To save money while eating out, we’ll usually eat a piece of fruit from our packed food stash. This keeps us from being famished when we go to the restaurant and prevents us from ordering more than we need.

  17. Mary Beth Elderton says

    A daily commute is a great time to “read” an audio book. When I had a 45 minute commute for a while in college, I used the time to listen to my German language tapes for class (and practice speaking without an audience!) It’s amazing what you can learn during a ride that would be wasted time.

  18. Paula Hafner says

    We pack a bottle of flavored creamer in the cooler. That way we can buy inexpensive black coffee and make it the way we like it instead of buying coffee at Starbucks.

  19. Cassandra Eastman says

    My tip for small children is bring a basket of there favorite toys, some coloring books, and movies for them to watch!

  20. Shani F. says

    When my daughter was younger (before she could be entertained with electronic devices), we used to pack wrapped surprises. She could count down how many more hours of driving we had to do by how many packages were left. She was allowed to open one each hour.

  21. Mary Beth Elderton says

    For longer road trips,my son and DIL entertain the kids with movies on a portable DVD player. Being strapped into car seats for long periods of time must be terribly boring, so movies help with that.

  22. beth shepherd says

    I always like to have extra water bottles and snacks in the car for just in case scenarios. I also keep a book for each child in the car. It has helped out many many times. Thank you

  23. Nannypanpan says

  24. Sunnie says

    I also like to take baby wipes as well, they make for an easy clean up. My husband takes them trucking with him

  25. Mary Beth Elderton says

    Pack lightly. Take along clothes that “go together” so that it is possible to make multiple “outfits” out of just a few pieces.

  26. Deb S says

    My biggest tip is to keep the kids busy. We have a round of activities and switch them off about every 20 minutes or so. Twenty minutes license plate game, 20 minutes coloring, etc by the time they get bored with the activity it is time to change.

  27. Katherine Donovan says

    My traveling trip is to fill a water bottle with ice only. It takes a while to melt but there is always ice cold water to drink!

  28. Leslie S. says

    I prefer to travel in the late evening.My kids nap and it is peaceful.When we drove from Fl to NJ earlier this year it made the trip a lot easier if they slept instead of hollering to go potty every 15 minutes( I have 4 kids).Thanks!

  29. Jennifer Reed says

    A travel tip is to keep healthier snacks inside your car or bag so you do not have to purchase unhealthy expensive options while out.

  30. Mary Beth Elderton says

    On a longer road trip bring along some music in case you reach an area with few radio choices.

  31. Angela M says

    I always bring snacks and drinks so you don’t have to stop somewhere and pay in case anyone gets hungry or thirsty.

  32. Brian E. says

    On long drives, take advantage of rest stops at least every 90-120 minutes to stretch your legs & rehydrate.