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Travel With Insulated Flasks and Coffee Mugs to Save You Money

By Edited Jan 5, 2016 1 2

Thermos and coffee mugs

We all know how drivers  risk their lives driving tired by driving long distances. We know it, but how many drivers do something to help themselves stay alive?

Let’s face it, we do not have to pay those prices at restaurants for coffee, either. Instead buy a flask and make our own hot or cold drinks to keep refreshed.

Stainless steel flask and coffee mug

 

Tip to enjoy hot coffee

There is nothing worse than travelling for miles, looking forward to a hot coffee, instead the flask of coffee is cold or tepid. What a let down. I always boil the kettle, and then pour hot water into my thermos flask and coffee mugs to heat them first.

Re-boil the kettle, then empty water out of the flask and mugs. Make your flask of coffee and fill the travel mugs with coffee at the same time. It stays hot longer by heating flasks first. Drink the mugs during the trip or if you prefer to stop and have a break, then have the flask ready-made for your first stop without having to boil the kettle again.

What could be better than a refreshing hot mug of coffee?

Types of Thermos flasks

These come in different styles, the best is the stainless steel ones. Design is another option you need to consider. 

Whether summer or winter these flasks can keep you refreshed, by filling them with hot soup or coffee in the winter or a cold drinks in the summer.

Favorite Sports Stainless Steel Travel Mugs

We love to advertise which sport we are following so why not shout yourself to one of these NFL and tell the world who you barrack for.

You can choose your favorite team mug,  Be proud of the team of your choice with one of these. They come in stainless steel with your favorite team logo, and locking lid for extra safety.

Ideas for using a Thermos

Stanley wide mouth Thermos

Stanley Classic Vacuum Food Jar 24oz Hammertone Green
Amazon Price: $40.00 $29.59 Buy Now
(price as of Jan 5, 2016)
Take your soup or stew to work for lunch in this wide mouth, double wall and rust proof flask. Comes with a 12 oz lid that can be used as your lunch bowl or cup.

Stanley the company has been making these for 100 years. Take this on your next trip away or picnic.

Hot and cold Wide Mouth Thermos Flasks

I have given you a couple of soup recipe ideas to make and keep refreshed with a flask of hot coffee or soup.

Anyone can cook tasty soups. And lets face it you can cheat and open cans of any type of soup, then add a bit of extra seasoning and change the flavor. No one will know the difference.

Why not try one of these home-made soups to cook this winter

Tomato Soup Recipe

Tomato Soup

• 500 g tomatoes, sliced
• 2 whole capsicums
• 1 leeks, dice , washed
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• Pepper to taste
• Hot Sauce (optional)
• 1 cup stock or water

Method

I am a lazy cook so I wash and cut all the vegetables up and place in the saucepan with stock and seasoning.
Bring to boil and simmer for 10-15 minutes. I never strain mine as I believe in eating the lot. You can blend in your blender if preferred.
Serve with toast. You can add cream to make it creamier.
Store in fridge until ready to heat and take to work in your thermos flask.

Pumpkin Soup

• 1 onion, chopped
• 1 garlic clove, crushed or diced small
• 1 kg butternut pumpkin, Remove peel and the seeds and dice
• 1 tbsp oil
• 2 cups stock
• 2 cups water

Method

Fry Onion and Garlic in the pot. Add water stock and pumpkin. Cook twenty to thirty minutes. Remove from heat, when cool, blend and season to taste.
Store in Fridge

Novelty Flasks

Maxam KTFLMAP Maxam 8Oz Ss Flask withAntique World M
Amazon Price: $12.70 $5.50 Buy Now
(price as of Jan 5, 2016)
Stainless steel 8 oz flask with world map as shown in picture. This flask will fit in your pocket and has a hinged screw down cap.
Would make a great gift for Father's day.

Tips for saving money on power

How many times do you boil the kettle or jug for one or two cups of coffee. Three, four or ten times a day. You can halve the electricity used by filling the jug, when it boils make your coffee and pour the rest into your thermos flask.

Or if you do not like the taste of coffee in a flask, then add the water only into flask ready to make your next tea or coffee.

When making one cup, by using a 4 cup flask (making sure you replace the lids on the flask) you can be sure to have four more cups of hot coffee without needing to re-boil your kettle.

Think of the power you will save over a week or better still a year, by doing this.

Leak proof coffee Mug

Plain 16-Ounce Stainless Steel Leak-Proof Travel Tumbler 16oz Stainless Steel Coffee Mug Cup
Amazon Price: Buy Now
(price as of Jan 5, 2016)
Next time you head out on the road fill up one of these stainless steel coffee mugs. It will keep your coffee hot or cold. Will fit in the cup holders of most vehicles. Less spills now because of the push pull and slide lock on the lid.

Dangers of Thermos Flasks when driving

If as a passenger, you decide to pour a hot coffee from a flask then please use caution. My mother learned the hard way after a busy weekend at a go-kart meeting. She boiled the water for a hot drink. As the meeting finished late, she chose to leave the milk out to allow more room for water. Wrong.

She opened the hot flask, the milk container slipped, and the rest is history. As she went to grab the milk, she forgot about the hot flask, it tipped over on to her legs. Worse still she had nylon stockings on under her jeans.

I won’t go into all the awful details, suffice to say:
Always stop before attempting to pour hot coffee while driving in the car. It could save a you a lot of suffering from painful burns.

Chemical free food

By preparing food and drinks at home and filling your Thermos flask it will save you money instead of stopping to buy food that may contain unwanted chemicals.

Conclusion:

  • Stay Alive and refreshed with a hot coffee when driving
  • Save money, make your own coffee in a travel thermos
  • Above all enjoy your traveling and stay safe.

Please add your suggestions in the comments.

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Comments

Oct 4, 2014 5:51am
Yindee
Thanks for the reminder - we are leving for another trip and a flask of freshly brewed coffee in the back pack saves us a fortune. It also gives one the freedom to perch on a rock or get away from the crowds to sip it in private.
Oct 4, 2014 9:20pm
shar-On
Thanks Yindee, you are so right. We never go anywhere without our thermos. It lets us stop anywhere anytime. Great too if you get stuck in a traffic jam. Makes the wait more bearable.
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