The 4 Best Ways to Brew Coffee On the Go

For most people, coffee isn’t an optional part of their morning routine. Whether you’re traveling for an important meeting with out-of-town clients or preparing yourself to face extended family, coffee is a must.

From the barest bean’s method to a brew that might require a second carry-on, we’re taking you through our favorite ways to make coffee while traveling.

Note that most of these methods are meant for the solo traveler — if you have a plus one, they’ll have to make their own cup.

Coffee Essentials

Hot Water


Prima Coffee


Hot water is usually the component of coffee that’s easiest to get your hands on. However if you’re headed to the great outdoors or somewhere else you might find yourself without a heat source, it doesn’t hurt to bring your own.

Try this collapsible kettle for something space-effective and easy to use. If you know you’ll at least have electricity, the Bonvita Voyage will boil enough water for a serving or two without taking up space in your luggage.


Fresh Beans


Lithic Goods


As a general rule, your coffee grounds are at their freshest immediately after they’re ground. If that full and fresh test is a priority while traveling, consider a hand grinder. They’re a little extra effort but if you can’t spare 30 seconds for a better cup of coffee, why are you packing all this stuff?

If you’re traveling for between 3-10 days, grinding your beans before departure could be your best bet. You’ll still be in the sweet spot of freshness. Bring a coffee scoop for easy portioning if you go with this method.


Go Weightless

Acaia coffee scale



Some people bring mini scales along with them to get the portions just right. That just seems excessive to us — either eyeball it or employ a coffee scoop.