9 of the Best Water Bottles for Nurses [2024]

nurse holding her water bottle outside of work
Written by
Jenna Elizabeth
Reviewed by
Miranda Kay, RN
May 27, 2024

Everyone knows how important it is to stay hydrated, and for a nurse working 12-hour shifts, living on coffee and tea isn't enough to keep a body limber and alert. Luckily, with the arrival of chic, easy-to-carry, and, most importantly—leakproof water bottles—nurses everywhere are learning how to stay hydrated. 

Are you feeling thirsty yet? The following nine best water bottles for nurses will keep you hydrated all shift long.

1. Hydro Flask

When choosing the best water bottle for nurses, Hydro Flask's sustainable and reusable water bottles bring their A-game to the table. Hydro Flask bottles are insulated stainless steel bottles, many of which come with leakproof straws. These bottles come in a medley of bold primary and chill pastel colors or can be customized to your taste. Hydro Flask's featured Traveler Tumbler is worth mentioning, as it makes being hydrated and hip manageable. 

2. Yeti Water Bottles 

How much water should you drink a day? Every day, adults should consume half an ounce to an ounce of water for every pound they weigh. Yeti water bottles are excellent choices for water bottles for nurses because they are long-lasting, insulated, and available in sizes ranging from 12 ounces to a gallon. These sleek bottles can be customized to about any color on the wheel and are durable, dishwasher-safe, and leakproof. 

To put it simply, a Yeti water bottle doesn't mess around when it comes to hydration. With a seamless stainless-steel construction and being equipped to keep hot beverages sizzling and cold drinks cool as ice, a Yeti water bottle is one of the best for nurses. 

3. Takeya Insulated Water Bottle

Takeya insulated water bottles are made of sustainable food-grade stainless steel with a polished look. An unrivaled feature of the Takeya insulated water bottle is its Chill-Lock™ hydration lid, which keeps beverages super cool and chilled all day long. Plus, its trademark durable swivel-loop handle makes it easy to carry. For nurses who work a busy schedule and want a fantastic and sleek bottle to keep them hydrated, the Yakeya is one of the best-insulated water bottles for nurses. 

4. Mira Water Bottles

What's the best size for a water bottle? Some say anywhere between a sleek and rugged sports bottle with an active lifestyle in mind when creating Mira water bottles. These water bottles stand out because they are extraordinarily sturdy, durable, and don't rust. Mira water bottles are also large enough (17 oz) to store all nurses' hydration needs but can also be used to store coffee and milk or coffee. Mira water bottles come in an array of primary and pastel colors and are easy to carry wherever you go.

5. Thermos Water Bottle

Thermos water bottle, originating from Germany, marks history as being one of the most trusted water bottle and food storage brands around. Thermos are stable for adventures, explorers, sports enthusiasts, and people on their feet all day—a.k.a nurses. Consequently, a good water Thermos for 12-hour shifts does the trick! These water bottles are stainless steel and dual-temp beverage bottles designed to maintain liquids hot or cold. Furthermore, the multi-flow lid design allows you to select between reduced and rapid flow, so every sip of water or tea in your thermos is one to savor. 

6. Purifyou Water Bottle 

To shake things up, Purifyou offers a stylish, easy-to-tote glass (borosilicate) water bottle wrapped in a protective silicone sheath. An alternative to stainless steel bottles, the Purifyou water bottle provides a clean, crisp taste with every sip. It is also 100% leakproof, and the volume markings help track your water intake and keep you hydrated throughout the day. While Purfiyou water bottles may not be the best to carry around on a hot day—as glass is susceptible to temperature changes—it's undoubtedly one of the best glass water bottles for refreshing taste and ease of use. 

7. Camelbak Water Bottle

How much does a gallon of water weigh? Enough to feel its weight in bricks (over eight pounds) unless you throw your water in a Camelback. That's because Camelbak brands create some of the best and most efficient water bottles and packs to carry your water. Camelbak's lightweight and Podium® Titanium 18oz Bike Bottles are perfect to help nurses stay hydrated on the go. For longer excursions, like a weekend hike or even back-to-back nursing shifts, Cambelbak water packs provide even more space for keeping liquids fresh and cool.

8. Kinto Traveler Tumbler

After due diligence and hydration, every nurse deserves a little pick-me-up, like a strong cup of coffee, primarily if they work the night shift. Some of the best coffee mugs for night shifts offer a double-lid system that doesn't spill when you go to take a sip. The Kinto Traveler Tumbler is a fantastic for nurses looking for an extra-secure and leakproof coffee mug that insulates liquids, keeping them hot (above 65℃ for 6 hrs). 

The Traveler Tumbler isn't just a one-trick pony; it also maintains cold liquids (Below 8℃ for 6 hrs), making this cup an all-around excellent water bottle and one of the best coffee cups to have when working as a nurse.

9. Stanley Water Bottle  

Last but certainly not least, Stanley water bottles, a.k.a — Stanely cups, are making waves for being one of the most sought-after water bottles for stylish people on the go in 2024. But are Stanley's worth the hype? It's up for debate, and you can read a whole thread on Reddit about Medsurg nurses and their Stanley cups. 

However, it seems the quality of a Stanley water bottle lives up to its reputation. One of Stanely's standout features is its double-wall vacuum insulation, which preserves water and keeps it chilly for up to 48 hours. Offering all-day hydration due to its varying sizes from 30 to 64 oz, a Stanley water bottle takes style and hydration to a whole new level. 

Keep Cool and Hyrdate On 

How much water should I drink as a nurse? Most likely, more than you are now. As you can see, plenty of water bottles can fit your hydration needs as a nurse. Also, no one says you must ditch your favorite coffee or tea. Just make sure you compensate by drinking enough water. 

What's the bottom line? A hydrated nurse is a happy nurse who can focus more on providing excellent patient care. 

Check out more fun accessories and gifts for nurses here. Or, if you are a clinician thirsty for a change of pace, sign up with Nursa today to check out local per diem nursing jobs. To learn more about unlocking opportunities, read our article about the ban on noncompetes.


Jenna Elizabeth
Blog published on:
May 27, 2024

Meet Jenna, a contributing copywriter at Nursa who writes about healthcare news and updates, empathy and compassion for nurses, how to show staff appreciation and increase retention, and guides that help nurses navigate career pathways.

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