This $20 Collapsible Cup Is My Favorite Travel Essential

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POPSUGAR Photography | Kyley Warren
POPSUGAR Photography | Kyley Warren
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I rarely go anywhere without a coffee. What started as a harmless morning pick-me-up throughout my college years has quickly evolved into a full-fledged caffeine addiction — one that's made me totally reliant on having several lattes a day. It's a dangerous cycle, folks — especially whenever I travel. Anytime I go on vacation, I'm confronted with the decision of having to lug around a travel coffee cup all day, forgoing my need for a coffee altogether in favor of sticking to my travel budget, or simply splurging on a latte or two while I'm on the road (hint: it's usually the latter).

Fortunately, in one of my many TikTok binges, influencers on the platform recently introduced me to yet another life-changing product (as they always do) with the Stojo Collapsible Travel Cup ($20), which helps to ensure I'm always hydrated and well-caffeinated, regardless of where my day takes me. This silicone cup gives users the freedom to take their drinks on the go (literally anywhere and everywhere you could imagine) thanks to the product's collapsible silicone design, which is essentially built so you can break down the cup into itself and throw it in your bag when you're not using it — no wasteful, disposable bottle or oversize travel mug necessary.

Honestly, I had my doubts about how this collapsible cup could hold up, especially with someone as spill prone as myself. However, a recent trip to Europe proved the product was not only worth all of the internet hype, but it's also become as much of a travel essential for me as my passport — no, really! Read on to see my honest review of the travel cup with photos.

What I Like About the Stojo Collapsible Cup

This functional cup has probably been one of my most worthwhile buys in recent years — and at such an affordable price point, it's probably one I'll continue to buy and stock up on, too (if not for me, then at least as gifts for my friends who are always on the go). I like that the compact product doesn't take up too much space. When I'm not using it, it easily fits into my kitchen drawers and work bags, whereas when I am using it, it is built like a traditional cup and fits seamlessly within standard cup holders. Thanks to the product's leak-proof and airtight mouth tab, I don't have to worry about spillage, making it a great essential to have on hand while traveling — whether that's on an airplane or train, subway or car. The collapsible cup is crafted from an LFGB-certified silicone material, which is not only soft enough to grip onto but also insulated enough to ensure the cup keeps any hot drinks (like coffee or tea) warm for extended periods of time and cold drinks chilled, even through warmer temperatures. I also appreciate that the cup promotes less waste by encouraging users to opt for the reusable product on the go, rather than disposable coffee cups or plastic water bottles that could harm the environment.

It's not an exaggeration when I say that I take this cup everywhere. It's my most prized travel essential — on my latest trip to Europe, I had the cup in hand while exploring multiple cities (which was especially helpful in towns where water wasn't free or as accessible). Whenever I'm airport bound, I'll fill it up with water to drink on the car ride over, have it emptied before going through security, then immediately fill it back up afterward to ensure I'm staying hydrated on even my longest travel days. It's my go-to coffee cup while running errands and an easy product to take on a morning commute to a coworking space, meeting, or even work event.

Stojo Collapsible Travel Cup
POPSUGAR Photography | Kyley Warren

What's Worth Noting

Because of the product's silicone composition, I find that whenever I have thicker drinks like coffee or even a smoothie, the liquid will occasionally pool in the bottom of the cup, and I'll have to either rinse it out in the sink or go in with a paper towel (sometimes both) to wipe it down before collapsing the cup. Whenever I've failed to do this step, I've found that by the time I go to collapse it, any lingering liquids will shoot out the top of the cup or straw — often making a mess on my desk and, in the worst-case situations, even staining my clothes. Frankly, I don't find this extra cleaning precaution to be too much of a hassle — if anything, I feel reassured knowing there's no remaining substances in the cup that could spill inside my bag once I've broken down the product. That being said, if you find yourself in a situation where you might not have as easy of access to a sink or bathroom (i.e. an airplane, a train, a bus, etc.), it's something to take note and be cautious of.

Who Is the Stojo Collapsible Cup Best For?

This cup is great for any frequent traveler or person who prefers to always have a drink in their hand. The product provides the same ease of carrying a drink with you while you're on the go — whether that's simply commuting to the office, heading out to an event, or just gearing up for a long day of travel — and all in a compact design that eliminates the hassle of having to carry around a traditional coffee cup or water bottle.

Stojo Collapsible Travel Cup
POPSUGAR Photography | Kyley Warren

Where Is the Stojo Collapsible Cup Available?

The Stojo Collapsible Travel Cup is available to shop at Amazon, Madewell ($16, originally $20), and Stojo ($20).

Additional Details

  • Crafted from a silicone material, this collapsible cup is dishwasher safe and breaks down easily for a seamless cleaning process.
  • The product features a BPA-free, polypropylene lid and heat sleeve, which help to moderate the omitted heat and protect the hands even while carrying hot liquids like coffee or tea.
  • The reviewed product featured in these photos is the 16-ounce size, but the cup is also available to shop in varied sizes of 12 and 24 ounces.
  • Stojo's viral travel cup comes in more than 10 colors, including oat (my shade of choice), apricot orange, white, steel blue, green, black, and more!