Hot stuff: 10 vacuum flasks for summer picnics

Even on a summer evening, it can be nice to have a hot drink. Watching the sun go down while you cradle a cup of coffee is the perfect end to an alfresco meal, wherever you are.

We’ve picked ten of our favourite vacuum flasks, perfect for picnics or eating in the garden – don’t forget they’re also ideal for transporting iced drinks, as well!

Pack homemade lemonade, mint iced tea, fruit punch or elderflower cordial with crushed ice for the perfect refresher for a lunchtime picnic.

1. Slim Thermos flask in blue, Kikkerland

We  love this stylishly thin flask, perfect for slipping into a pocket or bag when you’re walking. The leak-proof design and double walls mean your drink will stay hot or cold for 12 hours. Around £17.50, Kikkerland.

2. Emma vacuum jug for tea, Stelton

If you’re a tea drinker, you’ll know that one of the downsides of tea in a flask is that it can be overstewed and bitter. Made from high gloss stainless steel with a beechwood handle, this jug is as practical as it is good looking. It has an inbuilt smart filter which stops the brewing process once the tea has reached the optimum strength, so your tea will be perfect every time. £79.95, available from Black by Design. 

 3. Geo thermos flask, Normann Copenhagen

With its retro classic design, this 1 litre capacity jug is ideal for BBQs, picnics or to use out on the terrace on a warm summer evening. Available in a range of different colours, it costs £49.90 from Black by Design.

4. Atlas flask, The Oak Room

Enjoy a warm cuppa whilst you’re out and about exploring with this stainless steel flask featuring a vintage world map design.  It has a combined cup and lid and holds 350ml. £12.99, available from The Oak Room.

5. Blue tit flask, Hoi Polloi

Ideal for birdwatchers and gardeners is this stainless steel flask with a plastic cup and an easy to push up stopper. The flaskhas a 350ml capacity, so would be equally useful to take to the beach, picnics and the office. £12.99 from Hoi Polloi.

6. Fish flies flask, Annabel James

Perfect for the fisherman in your life, this ‘Hook Line and Sinker ‘ drinks flask has a distinctive and colourful all over fish flies print on a cream background and a 500 ml capacity. There’s also an enamel mug in same design available separately. £19.95 from Annabel James.

7. Food flask, Wilkinsons

It might not be pretty, but it’s certainly useful. This 450ml stainless steel food flask will hold hot soup for a starter, or even hot chocolate sauce to pour over a pudding. It’s a snip, too, at just £6. For best results, pre-heat before using. Available from Wilkinsons.

8. La Petite Rose flask and cup, dotcomgiftshop

Could anything be more perfect for a summer picnic? Pack up this lovely floral flask with combined cup and lid, and you’ll be sipping your drink in style. It has a 350ml capacity, and is made from stainless steel with a push top stopper. £12.95 from dotcomgiftshop.

9. Eva Solo thermos flask, Amara

This double walled steel flask is simple, sleek and stylist and features a practical carry strap for so you can take it with you, whether you go. Available in a choice of four colours, it costs £40 from Amara.

10. Home Front flask, Wild and Wolf

We’ve all had days like that – but the slogan on this flask is indeed true will cheer you up in the middle of that rainy walk. Stainless steel, 500 ml capacity flask with push button valve and an eye catching vintage design. £18.95 from Cuckooland.

By Sara Walker

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