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Whether you are backpacking, camping, hiking, on a business trip, etc, it is always a good idea to have some water around to keep you hydrated. Check out our list to see what other drink related items you might like to bring along on your trip.

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Packing Items

Item Type

Water Bottle

Keeping hydrated is important. An empty water bottle can also be refilled in an airport.


An alcoholic beverage made from grapes and subject to a duty free allowance.


Alcoholic beverage made from fermented grain. Subject to alcohol duty allowances.


Covers a range of alcoholic drinks that are subject to duty allowances.

Coffee Beans

Coffee beans last longer than ground coffee.

Ground Coffee

Coffee beans that have been ground. Better when freshly ground from coffee beans.

Instant Coffee

A powder that when combined with water quickly creates coffee and has a fairly long shelf life. Unlike brewing ground coffee, there are no coffee grounds left to clean up.

Coffee Brewer

A device used to make coffee. There are many different styles available.

Coffee Cup

A cup to drink coffee from.

Coffee Grinder

Used to make freshly ground coffee from coffee beans.

Coffee Scales

Used to measure out an amount of coffee if you are looking for consistency in your brew.

Coffee Filter

Passes water through to extract the coffee and traps unwanted coffee ground entering the final coffee.

Tea Bags

A small bag with holes containing dried plant material to make tea or an infusion when combined with hot water.

Tea Leaves

An alternative to tea bags.

Tea Steeper/Infuser/Strainer

Use with your tea leaves to make a fresh cuppa.


Add tea leaves and some hot water.


If you want to sweeten your drink.


If you like milk in your beverage.

Fruit Juice

Note that fruit juice without preservatives will need to be consumed shortly after opening, so check the packaging.

Soda/Pop/Soft/Fizzy Drink

Use as a mixer or drink on their own.

Soda Water

Carbonated water with low levels of salts.

Tonic Water

Carbonated water with dissolved quinine giving a bitter flavor. Popular mixer for gin.


The body is made of around 60% water, so keep hydrated to stay in top shape.

Sports Drink

Drinks formulated to help athletes rehydrate and recover electrolytes after strenuous exercise. Note there are often a lot of calories.

Flavored Water

Water where some form of sweetener and artificial or natural flavor are added. Maybe contains other additives, eg, vitamins.

Energy Drink

A drink that contains some kind of stimulant, like caffeine, sugar, etc. Aims to promote alertness, physical and mental energy.

Sparkling Wine

Wine mixed with carbon dioxide to make it fizzy. Champagne is a type of sparkling wine, but can only come from the Champagne region of France.

Hot Chocolate

Normally a cocoa powder that can be mixed with options of hot water, milk, chocolate, cream and sweeteners to create a chocolate flavored drink.

Ginger Drink

Ginger granules mixed with sugar and sometimes other sweeteners like honey. Combine the granules with hot water or use ginger root and boil.

Iced Tea

Can be a form of cold tea, or a pre-packaged drink.

Vegetable Juice

Choose a favorite vegetable or a combination.


Ice blocks can be used to make a drink cool and refreshing.


Add richness to a drink or food with some cream.

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