Oh, the RV life. There’s one very great thing about those who have an RV, and that’s the ability to be on the move. Depending on the size of your personal recreational vehicle, you can be packed and on the open road in anywhere from 15 minutes to a few hours.

There are of course certain items you want to pack for when the rubber hits the road. Mine is a somewhat small but oh so incredibly important piece of road trip gear.

What is this extremely important item I won’t start and roll out my RV without you might be asking? In a way, it’s actually a 2-parter.

I won’t lave my current spot and head to a new destination without a way to make coffee, whether it’s a functioning coffee machine or just a way to boil water, and an insulated coffee mug made for driving.

My personal favorite is the IBEX stainless steel tumbler. It’s not too pricey and does the job perfectly. And, it’s big – 30 ounces big.

I prefer a bigger mug due to the fact that it lets me drive for a long period of time without needing a refill. Also, while this might be a little too much info, I usually need to take a restroom break right as I finish off those 30 ounces of delicious fresh brewed coffee.

I don’t use it day-to-day so if you are a 9-to-5er with a daily commute, I assume this would work just as well for you as it does for me. But as I have my kitchen directly behind me, I have a few regular “Best Dad” type coffee mugs as well.



I strictly use the IBEX when I know I want to make some serious time on a drive from one place to the next. It keeps my coffee nice and hot and the spill proof lid keeps the coffee in my mug and off my lap.

The other very important part of this process is of course having good quality coffee. I like to buy beans and not ground coffee than grind it myself right before brewing a pot. I feel it gives a better richer flavor.

Because my space is limited, I like to use a manual grinder as it’s smaller and doesn’t need to be plugged in. I also feel I actually use less coffee this way for some reasons, though I have never truly tested it out. It would be a good idea to do so, as bringing along only what you need is always a way to save gas money.



Anyway, if you are going to start your RVing lifestyle and plan to do a lot of driving and seeing a lot of new places, consider getting yourself a nice reliable tumbler. They are great for hot coffee and tea and even cold water if that’s your thing.

You won’t be disappointed.