February 17, 2022 14 min read

SUP Water Bottles

Woman paddle boarding with a water bottle

Our bodies are made up of 60% water, and even more so, when we exercise, we should be topping up our water intake to keep our bodies healthy and running at an optimum level. 

Paddle boarding is a fantastic low-impact, full-body workout, and whether you’re paddling in cold temperatures or the middle of summer, it is crucial to pack a water bottle and sip regularly throughout your paddle. 

With many water bottles on the market, it’s a difficult decision to choose which water bottle will work best, but luckily for you, we’ve narrowed down the 16 best reusable water bottles to take paddle boarding so you can make an informed decision before purchasing. 

Why It Is Important to Take a Water Bottle Out Paddle Boarding

As we mentioned before, our bodies are made up of a large percentage of water, and keeping our water levels topped up prevents issues like dehydration and unregulated body temperatures. 

When we exercise, we inevitably sweat more and lose an increased amount of bodily fluids, and the same goes for when we paddle board. Replenishing these bodily fluids helps keep our bodies working at their best and gives us a boost of energy when we need it most.

On average, the amount of time you spend on your board is higher than if you were going for a run because, let’s face it, paddle boarding is fun. The extended time period you spend on the water means you need to be drinking even more than if you were doing a regular sport on land. 

GILI’s Top 3 Picks

Best Budget Bottle
Buildlife gallon motivational water bottle wide mouth with straw
BuildLife Gallon With Straw

Available in both 128 oz and 72 oz, the BuildLife bottles come with a straw and are the biggest but best budget bottles on our list.

Best Mid-Range Bottle
Carnation hydro flask wide mouth with straw lid
Hydro Flask Water Bottle With Straw Lid

The Hydro Flask 32 oz stainless steel water bottle has a built-in straw and double-wall insulation that keeps drinks cold for hours.

Best Premium Bottle
YETI rambler bottle vacuum insulated
Yeti Rambler 26oz Water Bottle

Equipped with a chug cap and double-wall vacuum installation, the Yeti Rambler will regulate your drink temperature for the entirety of your paddle.

The Best Water Bottles to Take Paddle Boarding

Yeti Rambler 26 oz Water Bottle

The Yeti Rambler 26 oz Water Bottle is the most premium bottle on our list, and it made it onto our best premium water bottle for a good reason. 

The Rambler features a chug cap which makes it easy to sip on your drink without slowing down and the stainless steel double-wall vacuum insulates the bottle’s contents, keeping cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot for the duration of your paddle. 

Yeti built this bottle to last thanks to its 18/8 construction that can withstand drops and bangs without denting. 

The Rambler is BPA-free, and its DuraCoat color won’t fade or peel, even after being put through the dishwasher. 

You can buy additional caps for the Rambler to transform it to a straw cap or a MagDock cap which attaches the cap to the bottle through magnets. 

YETI rambler bottle vacuum insulated

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • TripleHaul handle and Chug Cap
  • Shatter-resistant stainless steel
  • 20 color variations
  • BPA-free and dishwasher safe
  • Double-wall vacuum insulation
  • 10.5 inches x 3.5 inches and can hold 26 oz of fluid

What we love:

  • It comes in a large selection of colors, so there is something for everyone
  • The chug cap makes drinking easy
  • The material is made to withstand all conditions
  • Your drink contents will be kept cold or hot depending on the fluid type

What we don't love:

  • It is expensive
  • It doesn’t have a D-ring attachment to keep it attached to your board

GSI Outdoor Stainless Steel Bottle

GSI’s Stainless Steel Outdoor Bottle holds 17 oz of water and is made from durable 18/8 stainless steel. The vacuum insulation of the bottle keeps the contents cold or hot for long periods, and the flip-top cap is easy to use. 

Available in 5 colors, the GSI Stainless Steel Outdoor Bottle weighs just 8 oz unfilled and fits into all cup holders.

Red Microlite vacuum insulated stainless steel water bottle

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • Vacuum insulation
  • 18/8 stainless steel construction
  • Push-button flip-top cap
  • 9.2 inches x 3 inches and holds 17 oz of fluid
  • Ultralight design

What we love:

  • It is incredibly lightweight and fits into all cup holders
  • The push-button flip cap is easy to use while paddling
  • The insulation keeps drinks hot or cold

What we don't love:

  • It doesn’t hold a significant amount of water
  • It can only be hand washed 

Hydro Flask Water Bottle With Straw Lid

The Hydro Flask 32 oz Water Bottle is available in nine colors and has a wide mouth straw lid that makes sipping while paddling a breeze. The bottle is made from stainless steel and features TempSheild technology which helps keep the contents of the bottle cold for 24 hours or hot for 6 hours. The lid also has honeycomb insulation which aids in temperature control. 

The powder coat covering the bottle is dishwasher safe, and the bottle itself is BPA and phthalate-free. 

Carnation hydro flask wide mouth with straw lid

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • Unscrewable straw lid
  • Durable pro-grade stainless steel construction
  • 9 color variants 
  • BPA and phthalate-free.
  • Dishwasher safe
  • TempShield Technology
  • 9.4 inches x 3.58 inches and can hold 32 oz of fluid

What we love:

  • The straw makes sipping while paddling easy
  • It comes in 9 popular colors
  • It can keep fluid contents hot or cold for long periods
  • It is dishwasher safe as well as being BPA and phthalate-free.
  • It has a loop where you could attach a D-ring to and secure it to your board

What we don't love:

  • Its large contents size could make it heavy to carry

Lifestraw Go Water Filter Bottle

Lifestraw’s Go Water Filter Bottle has an integrated filtration system that removes bacteria, parasites, chlorine, and chemicals, meaning you can fill up from a random stream or tap without any issues. The bottle is BPA-free, made from durable plastic, and every purchase provides water for an entire school year for a child in need. 

The straw lid is easy to sip from, and an already attached clip makes it easy to attach to your SUP while you paddle.

Teal Lifestraw go water filter bottle

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • Advanced filtration system
  • BPA-free
  • The membrane microfilters work for up to 1,000 gallons
  • The carbon filters last up to 26 gallons 
  • Flip-top mouthpiece

What we love:

  • You can fill your bottle up from almost anywhere and still drink safe water
  • It comes in 11 different color options
  • Your purchase provides clean water for a child in need
  • The flip-top straw is easy to use
  • The included clip attachment makes it easy to attach to your SUP
  • You can also purchase a 1 L bottle

What we don't love:

  • It doesn’t have insulation to keep drinks hot or cold

S’Well Stainless Steel Water Bottle

S’Well’s Stainless Steel Water Bottle comes in an impressive 51 colorways, so there is a  design option for everyone. The bottle’s triple-layer insulation works hand in hand with S’Well’s Therma Technology to keep your bottle contents cold for up to 36 hours and hot for 18. 

Soft-touch silicone coats the outer surface of the bottle, making it easy to grip and carry, even when wet. 

S'well stainless steel water bottle triple layered vacuum bottle

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • Trip-layer insulation
  • Soft-touch silicone surface
  • Stainless steel
  • BPA and BPS-free

What we love:

  • The bottle comes in 51 colors 
  • It can keep your drink cold for 36 hours or hot for 18 hours
  • It is easy to carry thanks to the soft-touch silicone surface
  • It is easy to drink from its screw cap lid
  • It also comes in a 9 oz and 25 oz bottle

What we don't love:

  • You would need to put it in a dry bag while paddling to prevent it from falling into the water

Iron Flask Sports Water Bottle

The Iron Flask Sports Water Bottle comes in 25 unique and beautiful colors while also being fantastic at keeping drinks hot or cold while you’re out on the water. When you purchase an Iron Flask, it comes included with three lids, one straw lid, one flip lid, and one stainless steel screw lid. 

The bottle is made of 18/8 stainless steel that is BPA-free but can only be hand washed in hot soapy water.

Iron Flask also provides a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so if you aren’t happy with the quality of your bottle, you can return it and receive a full refund. 

Violet Iron flask sports water bottle thermo mug

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • Double-wall insulation 
  • Leakproof lids
  • Premium stainless steel
  • BPA-free
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee

What we love:

  • The colors of the bottles and unique and beautiful
  • The insulation keeps the contents cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours
  • It comes with 3 different lid attachments
  • It is BPA-free and non-toxic 
  • It also comes in other sizes

What we don't love:

  • The 40 oz bottle doesn’t fit in cup holders, so you’d need to store it in a bag or by a D-ring attachment
  • You can’t wash it in the dishwasher

Takeya Originals Spout Bottle

Takeya’s 32 oz Original Spout Bottle is spill proof and easy to drink from. It is made from a double-wall vacuum insulation design to prevent the bottle from sweating on the powder-coated, easy-to-grip surface. 

The bottle comes in 12 amazing colors and 3 different sizes if you’d prefer a smaller or larger contents capacity. 

Coral takeya originals spout bottle

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • 18/8 food-grade stainless steel
  • BPA-free
  • Powder-coated outer surface
  • 3.58 inches x 10.18 inches

What we love:

  • It has an easy to carry handle
  • It is convenient to drink from the spout lid
  • It comes in a range of different colors

What we don't love:

  • It isn’t safe to put it in the dishwasher

Hydracy Water Bottle

The Hydracy Water Bottle holds 32 oz of water and has time markers down the side to remind you to drink more water throughout the day. Hydracy’s bottle is made from BPA-free plastic and is shatterproof, lightweight, and reusable.

The bottle’s lid is a flip-top with a spout and comes with a detachable carry strap and a fruit infusion strainer. When you purchase a Hydracy bottle, you’ll also receive a 27 Detox Fruit infused water recipe eBook, which is a great bonus for people who don’t like the taste of plain water.

Aqua blue Hydracy water bottle with time marker

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • Shatterproof BPA-free plastic
  • Time marker reminders
  • Flip-top spout lid
  • Detachable carry strap
  • Fruit infusion strainer

What we love:

  • It comes in 7 popular colors
  • It is lightweight and easy to carry
  • It has a built-in fruit strainer
  • The neoprene sleeve stops it from sweating
  • It has reminders down the side to make sure you’re drinking enough water

What we don't love:

  • It isn’t an insulated water bottle

Brita Stainless Steel Water Bottle With Filter

Brita’s Stainless Steel Water Bottle comes with a built-in filtration system to improve the taste of the water by filtering out minerals such as chlorine. Its double-wall insulation can keep your drink cold for up to 24 hours, and its design is leakproof and features an easy-to-sip straw. 

The bottle comes in 10 colors, and you can choose from either a 20 oz or 32 oz fluid capacity. 

Blue jay brita stainless steel water filter bottle

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • Built-in filtration system
  • Stainless steel construction
  • Double-wall insulation
  • Easy to sip straw
  • The 20 oz bottle is 10.5 inches x 3 inches 
  • The 32 oz bottle is 10.6 inches x 3.8 inches 

What we love:

  • The 20 oz bottle fits in most cup holders
  • The bottle comes in 10 sleek colors
  • It has a built-in filtration system to improve the standard of your water
  • The straw is convenient while paddling
  • It is top-rack dishwasher safe

What we don't love:

  • You only have the option to use this bottle with the straw cap

Giotto 32oz Bottle With Straw

Giotto’s 32 oz Straw Water Bottle is another bottle with time markings down its side to remind you to drink water regularly. The tritan co-polyester plastic bottle comes in 17 different vibrant colors and is BPA and toxin-free. 

The flip-top cap has a secure lock and comes with a built-in silicone straw and carry strap to make transporting the bottle easy and convenient. 

Rose pink Giotto leakproof BPA free drinking water bottle with time marker

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • Tritan co-polyester plastic
  • Time markings
  • Built-in silicone straw
  • BPA and toxin-free

What we love:

  • The time markings remind you to drink water regularly
  • It comes in 17 vibrant colors
  • It is BPA and toxin-free
  • The flip-top cap locks so there is no leakage
  • The silicone straw is easy to use while paddling

What we don't love:

  • It isn’t drop proof
  • You can’t wash it in the dishwasher

FineDine Triple Insulated Stainless Steel Bottle

FineDine’s 25 oz Triple Insulated Stainless Steel Bottle comes with 3 different lid styles to suit the type of drink you’re consuming. Its double-wall insulation keeps your beverages at their prime temperature, and the bottle itself is completely BPA and toxin-free.

This 18/8 stainless steel bottle is leak-proof and shatter-proof, making it an excellent bottle for outdoor activities like SUPing. 

If the 25 oz bottle isn’t enough for you and your needs, the bottle is also available in 32, 40, and 64 oz. 

Fine dine triple insulated stainless steel water bottle

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • Layer 1 - 304 stainless steel
  • Layer 2 - Copper lining
  • Layer 3 - 304 stainless steel
  • 3 leakproof lids
  • Built-in carry handle
  • Shatterproof
  • BPA and toxin-free

What we love:

  • It has a straw lid, a removable screw cap lid, and a mouthpiece lid
  • It has double-wall insulation to keep your water cold or hot
  • The metal bottles come in different sizes to suit your needs
  • It comes in 18 different color options
  • It has an easy to carry handle

What we don't love:

  • It isn’t dishwasher safe

Simple Modern Summit Water Bottle

The Summit water bottle by Simple Modern is stainless steel with vacuum insulated double walls to keep drinks at optimum temperature. A flip lid and stainless steel cap lid come included with the bottle, both of which can be attached to a SUP with a D-ring attachment. 

The 14 - 22 oz bottles fit in most cup holders, and even the 32 and 40 oz bottles will fit into a GILI Cup Holder Mount.

The Summit bottles are coated in a durable finish but can only be hand washed, whereas the lids, however, are both top-rack dishwasher safe. 

Orange simple modern ounce summit water bottle

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • Vacuum insulated
  • Premium copper coated insulation
  • Food-grade 18/8 stainless steel
  • BPA-free
  • 2 leak-proof lids

What we love:

  • The bottle has 2 levels of insulation
  • The stainless steel construction is highly rust resistant
  • The outer finish is both colorful and durable
  • It comes with 2 lids that can be attached to D-ring attachments
  • Up to 40 oz will fit in the GILI Cup Holder Mount

What we don't love:

  • You can’t put the bottle itself in the dishwasher

Bubba Trailblazer Stainless Steel Bottle

Bubba’s Trailblazer Stainless Steel Bottle is a fantastic insulated water bottle on the lower end of the price scale. 

When purchasing your bottle, you can choose between 4 different lid types: Push-button, simple screw lid, straw, or wide mouth. 

Available in 8 colors, the Trailblazer has a dual-wall vacuum insulation system and a double hinge cap that keeps the lid in place. 

The easy twist cap allows you to stay hydrated with ease, and because all caps attach to the bottle, you won’t need to worry about losing it in the water. 

Blue bubba trailblazer vacuum insulated stainless water bottle

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • BPA-free
  • Dual-wall vacuum insulation
  • 4 lid type options
  • Easy twist lids
  • Attached caps
  • Stainless steel

What we love:

  • The bottle has a carry handle so you can strap it to your SUP
  • It is affordable
  • It comes in 8 colors
  • It is also available in different sizes
  • You can choose the type of lid that suits you and your preferences

What we don't love:

  • The bottle needs to be hand washed

CamelBak Edyy+ Water Bottle

The Edyy+ Water Bottle from CamelBak comes in 6 colors and in a 25 oz size. The bottle is made from Eastman Tritan Copolyester and is BPA, BPS, and BPF free. 

Built-in to the bottle is an easy-to-carry handle and a bite valve sip straw that prevents leakage even when opened. 

Red camelbak bpa free water bottle

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • Eastman Tritan Copolyester
  • BPA, BPS, and BPF free
  • Built-in straw and carry handle

What we love:

  • It is safe to put in the dishwasher
  • It comes in 6 colors
  • It is easy to carry
  • It is easy to drink from while paddling

What we don't love:

  • It doesn’t have insulation

Mira 17oz Stainless Steel Bottle

The Mira 17 oz Stainless Steel Bottle is a low-budget handheld water bottle with vacuum insulation to keep your drinks at the right temperature without causing the bottle to sweat.

The 18/8 food-grade stainless steel bottle is spill-proof, durable, and BPA-free, making it a great bottle to take out on your SUP board. 

The bottle’s design is simple, with a screw-top cap and 18 different colors to choose from, and if the 17 oz bottle is too small for your needs, Mira also offers a 25 oz bottle with the same design and construction. 

Yellow mira stainless steel vacuum insulated water bottle

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • Vacuum insulated bottle
  • Durable 18/8 food-grade stainless steel
  • BPA-free
  • Screw-top cap

What we love:

  • It fits into cup holders
  • It has vacuum insulation to keep the contents cold or hot
  • The insulation also means the bottle is condensation-free
  • It is an affordable price
  • It comes in different sizes
  • It comes in 18 different colors

What we don't love:

  • It doesn’t have a carry handle or any way to attach it to a SUP

BuildLife Gallon With Straw

The bottle with the highest water capacity and the one that made it onto our best budget pick is the BuildLife Gallon that comes with a built-in straw.

If the temperature of your water isn’t too much of an issue and you’d prefer a bottle that can hold a large amount of water, then the BuildLife Gallon could be the bottle for you.

The gallon bottle is made from recycled plastic and has markers down the side to encourage your water intake throughout the day. You can unscrew the straw lid, and the bottle’s mouth is wide enough to fit ice cubes or fruits.

Although the bottle is big and heavy once filled with drinking water, it comes with a durable nylon strap and a carry handle on its side. 

Buildlife gallon motivational water bottle wide mouth with straw

Where to buy:

Features & Specs:

  • Recycled plastic
  • 1-gallon capacity
  • Leak Proof flip straw lid
  • Wide mouth opening 
  • Time markers

What we love:

  • It can hold a vast amount of water which is perfect for paddling over long distances
  • It is made from recycled plastic bottles
  • The bottle opening is big enough to fit ice cubes in
  • You can also use this bottle in your everyday life 
  • It is easy to carry even when filled

What we don't love:

  • The style of the bottle may not be to everyone’s taste
  • It is extremely heavy when filled with water
  • It can only be hand washed

FAQ’S

🏆 Which reusable water bottle Is best?

Depending on your budget, we have narrowed down the 3 top water bottles in the budget, mid-range, and premium price range.

Best Budget Bottle - BuildLife Gallon With Straw

Best Mid-Range Bottle - Hydro Flask Water Bottle With Straw Lid

Best Premium Bottle - Yeti Rambler 26oz Water Bottle


👍 How do you carry water while paddle boarding?

The easiest way to carry water while paddle boarding is by using a water bottle. 

There are many water bottles on the market, some made of stainless steel to keep drinks cold, some with clip attachments to clip onto your board, and some that fit into a cup holder like the GILI Cup Holder to free up your hands while paddling. 


🏝️ Why are reusable water bottles better than non-reusable bottles?

The most significant benefit of reusable bottles is that they are better for the environment. 

Creating plastic non-reusable bottles requires oil, which results in the release of carbon dioxide that is famous for causing global warming. 

Not only does using a reusable bottle limit CO2 and oil usage, but it also means the bottles won’t end up in a landfill or our oceans. 


❓ Why should I take a water bottle when I go SUPing?

Paddle boarding is a full-body workout, and even if you don’t realize it (because you’re having so much fun), you’re doing exercise! 

When we exercise, we lose an increased amount of bodily fluids which need to be replenished so our bodies can stay happy and healthy. If you’re paddling in the summer, the heat from the sun also accelerates the rate we lose these fluids, so it is even more important to be drinking at regular intervals.

Taking a bottle out on your board with you means you’ll always have a supply of water on hand, and you don’t need to paddle back to the shore or land when you’re feeling thirsty.

Megan Bryant
Megan Bryant

Based in Bali, her favorite SUP spot is the GILI Islands themselves. Travel is another passion of hers - she dreams to see the entire world one day.


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