Leak-Proof Water Bottles for Kids That Actually Work

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Among all of the back-to-school necessities that made my family’s shopping list this year, sturdy lunch boxes and leak-proof water bottles were at the top. At the end of the school day, there is nothing more frustrating than opening up my children’s backpacks to discover homework, library books, and teacher forms soaked with water. Last year, I would have to put gallon-sized Ziploc bags inside their backpacks where they could store their documents so they wouldn’t get wet. Looking back, it was too much extra work for me and completely unnecessary—I just need to find leak-proof water bottles that actually work!

Between classes, lunch, recess, and after-school activities, my children need a dependable water bottle to keep them hydrated throughout the day. But there is so much more that goes into finding a good water bottle besides being leak-proof. My son likes to put ice in his water, so he needs an insulated bottle that keeps water extra cold. My daughter likes to use straws, so she wants a flexible spout to drink out of. And of course, the water bottle should look good.

I’ve rounded up 10 leak-proof water bottles that will keep your children’s homework from getting soggy and will stand up to the demands of their busy schedules.

stanley cup

Flip Straw Water Bottle

For fans of the viral Stanley cup, grab the newly released kids' 17 oz. insulated water bottle for the school year.

Includes a flip top straw and easy-to-carry handle. Plus, beverages stay cold for 10 hours, iced for 30. And they're dishwasher safe and fit in most car cup holders.

2 colors available


Insulated Water Bottle

The perfect size for any lunchbox! Plus, it's built with a wide, drip-free opening for ice cube insertion.


Stainless Steel Kids' Water Bottle

Available in over 10 colors and patterns, this bottle is insulated and built to last for the whole school year.

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S'ip Water Bottle

Thoughtfully designed to work for kids of all ages, this 15 oz. bottle comes in various fun patterns your kids will love.

Plus, its slim design means it fits easily into water bottle holders on kids' backpacks.

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Thermos FUNtainer Water Bottle with Straw

The 12 oz. FUNtainer can keep your drink ice cold for up to 12 whole hours. It comes with a convenient carrying handle, is dishwasher safe, and has a pop-up straw.

multiple colors/patterns available

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Stainless Steel Water Bottle with Straw Lid

Insulated 14 oz. water bottle with a convenient handle to keep drinks cool. Plus, the removable protective bumper adds durability.

4 colors available

Note: straw has to be fully closed not to leak, so practice with kids ahead of time.

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Stainless Steel Water Bottle

This editor and reader favorite has an easy-to-carry handle and works for both cold and hot beverages.

7 colors and personalization available

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Klean Kanteen

Stainless Steel Sport Bottle

Lightweight yet reliable, this 12 oz. bottle is great for little ones who just need something simple. Reviewers say it does leak a little if kids don't push the top all the way down—so something to practice before school begins.

multiple colors/patterns available

insulated versions also available

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Spill-Proof Water Bottle

Leak-proof, no BPA, colorful, and a chewy straw—what more could you want?

30+ patterns available to suit your kid's favorite theme

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Kids' Water Bottle

Newly designed for a leak-proof straw and easy-to-clean interior, grab a pack of these water bottles so your kid will always have a clean water bottle at the ready.

multiple patterns available

This article was originally published in 2019 and has been updated for timeliness. 

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