This Stanley Flask Is My Favorite Camping Accessory and Makes the Perfect Father’s Day Gift

published Apr 27, 2023
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Ever since I was old enough to understand what they were, I’ve always wanted a flask. From watching iconic movie scenes to sitting around the fire during camping trips, they’ve always looked like the must-have accessory for the cool and gentlemanly. So, the first chance I got, I went to some novelty souvenir store and snagged a flask that said something like, “I <3 NYC” or “Bottoms Up!” or another goofy phrase. These kinds of flasks work great for about an hour — before the O-ring falls apart and you’re left with a wet and sticky jacket, bag, or back pocket. That’s why if you’re going on a camping trip, long hike, bachelor party, or pretty much anywhere an impromptu toast might be in order, you’re going to want to invest in a quality flask. For me, you can’t beat the durability, style, and function of the Classic Easy Fill Wide Mouth Flask from Stanley, one of our favorite drinkware companies in the game. 

This stainless-steel, BPA-free flask is available in six gorgeous hues (I’m partial to matte black), and is made with Stanley’s trademark durability and no-nonsense efficiency in mind. It has a retro design, it’s small enough to fit in the interior pocket of your jacket, and it features a leak-proof cap with a wide-mouth opening for easy refills without the need for a funnel. Plus, with its 8-ounce capacity, it’ll hold enough liquor for eight 1-ounce shots, four 2-ounce glasses, or — if you’re feeling ambitious — two large neat pours. 

My novelty flasks have been gathering dust ever since I picked this bad boy up — I took it “camping” last year (we stayed in a sweet, fully furnished cabin that we found on Vrbo) and because my girlfriend isn’t a whiskey drinker, I didn’t want to bring an entire fragile bottle or shell out for a fifth while we were on vacation, because I knew I wouldn’t finish it. The Stanley flask came in clutch: The whiskey I brought never leaked, had no off smells or tastes, and was as clear as it was in the bottle when I poured it into a glass. 

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And, with Father’s Day rolling around (Sunday, June 18, this year!) there’s no better gift to snag the liquor-loving dad in your life. Chances are, if Dad is a whiskey or spirit guy, he’s probably already got a flask floating around somewhere — but he doesn’t have this flask. He’ll appreciate the easy filling, which is usually one of the biggest problems when using a flask (either spilling spirits everywhere or having to dirty a funnel). And, with the added security of Stanley’s reputation, you can be sure there’s no leaking. 

Plus, with a 4.9-star average rating on the brand’s site, it’s clear I’m not the only one who digs this piece of essential camping gear. “Works well. Checked it in our bags on our most recent trip. I put it in a plastic bag just in case but it did not leak,” one reviewer writes. “Is not too heavy and did a great job holding the Bourbon.” Another chimes in, writing, “Even though this is designed for spirits, it’s tremendously useful to carry water as well. So I’m using it for water in my purse or my small travel work bag, when carrying a full bottle is too much or too heavy.” So, if you’re looking for a great accessory to add to your camping pack or one of the best Father’s Day gifts you can get, do yourself a favor and snag the Classic Easy Fill Wide Mouth Flask from Stanley straight away. Cheers!