Some of these mugs are very old, many are new… they’re all enameled and they’ll all look fabulous when filled with tea and cozied up in your hands on a cool camping morning. If enameled mugs are your thing, then you’ll enjoy this collection.
Updated October 2019.
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Why are enamel mugs and camping so closely linked?
Until reading up on enamelware, I didn’t fully appreciate the qualities of a good enamel camping mug. But, now I do.
Did you know enamelware can go right onto flame? You could put your tea cup right onto your stove or campfire to boil your water and throw the tea bag right in. Just skip the kettle! Then, when you’re done using it at the campsite, bring it home and throw your cup into the dishwasher!
I’ll admit, I’d be hesitant to put the vintage enamelware into the dishwasher, but most of the new stuff says dishwasher safe.
Enamelware is very durable (that’s why we see so much of it at garage sales). That stuff can take a beating. Plus, it’s lightweight, which is a must for camping equipment.
And here’s one last special use for the enamel mug that I am only now learning to appreciate: Have you been told to wear bear bells when hiking? Well, go ahead and wear your new enamel camping mug instead! That clanking of your tin cup on a metal carabiner, well, that’s a sound to let any bear know there’s a hiker on the trail!
An enamel camping mug for every camper
Isn’t this mug just the perfect enamel camping mug?
The vintage feel and design to this mug fits perfectly with the nostalgic feel of stepping away from your busy life and slowing down by the campfire.
You can grab this mug and tonnes of other vintage inspired stickers, pins, and patches at Amanda Weedmark’s Etsy store, Aweedmark.
I think I’d love this mug and some of her stickers for our very old camper… and maybe give off the impression we’re going for ‘trendy vintage’ instead of just ‘really old’.
These sweet mugs have been designed by me! And, yes, I’ll admit that while I do have some mugs on this list that I really really love, these are ultimately my favorite (it’s too bad my photo’s not really that great… but I’m working on that!)
Anyhow, these are the perfect sized mug for small hands and campfire hot chocolate. The designs are whimsical and fun in a classic black and white style. Kids will love them but they’ll also look great on your office desk with a morning tea, or by your sink holding some fresh cut flowers.
If you jump over to the Take Them Outside Shop on Etsy you’ll find a few other mug designs I’ve been working on.
Get one for each member of your family to guarantee no fighting over your new handy (and sweet) enamel mugs!
Wouldn’t this also make a nice graduation gift for a young man venturing off into the world? Or maybe just one for dad because dads are great and deserve special things every now and then!
Here’s a fun pair of mugs perfect for a couple or for someone who prefers to have friends around the campfire.
This mug is petty enough for around the campfire and the dinner table. The mug holds 14oz which happens to be a little larger than the average enamel mug you’ll see on this list.
There is also a Folklore complimentary day design in white which is just as lovely if you’d prefer a pair of mugs.
Here is a sweet personalized mug for some littles on your list or in your family. This particular shop has a variety of personalized mugs and designs.
These are so sweet. Handmade in Poland, the simple and cute hand-drawn designs on these mugs will definitely bring a smile to any lover of the woods.
Notice the little tree just inside the lip of the cup? Woodland Factory also has a few other enameled mug designs in this same cute style.
Personally, I had a hard time choosing between this Highland Cow mug and the Bear pictured above.
Aren’t these fun? Camping stuff doesn’t always need to be camping themed. And, maybe you camp by the beach or you’re a skiing family.
Also, take notice of the handy lids for these cups. Don’t you hate when your coffee gets cold too fast or, when those bugs fly into your iced tea?
When you’re not camping, these mugs are beautiful enough to sit on your counter and store teabags, loose change, and sugar.
You could get just one or a whole lovely set of these botanical styled mugs by Ceridwen.
My daughter particularly likes the stegosaurus! Which is your favorite?
The mugs available in this collection will vary over time, but they all have the same clean sciency feel to them. They’re simple, but each one makes a statement of its own.
Have you found a favorite? Can you picture your family gathered around the campfire, their hands curled around one of these lovely enamel camping mugs?
They really do make practical outdoor life gifts… for hikers, for campers, for lovers of great adventures, for kids and adults, for men and women… grandmas and grandpas. Enameled camp mugs really are the perfect gift for everyone!
What should you do now?
- If you haven’t checked out any of these mugs yet, now’s your chance to visit my favorites: The Mountain Bear Enameled Coffee Mug, and the Vintage Happy Camper Enamel Mug
- Connect your family to nature by subscribing to the Take Them Outside Newsletter. Tips, activity ideas, news, and goodies delivered weekly to your inbox will inspire you to get your kids (and yourself) outside more often.
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