There are a few camping mugs with a carabiner handle.

Carbine handle

I wonder how it makes sense? I mean wouldn't it be more flexible to just take a separate carabiner with you? You would be able to use it for other things as well as for attaching your mug.

  • This has been mentioned in a post about retired carabiners outdoors.stackexchange.com/q/6034/3313 - I guess the idea took off and brands thought it a good idea?
    – Aravona
    Commented Aug 11, 2016 at 7:25
  • To hang the mug on the outside of your pack... there was a question time ago about it... also useful on the water Commented Aug 11, 2016 at 21:15

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For me it seems to be more a fashion thing than extremely useful.

Of course you can clip the mug to the outside of your backpack or anywhere on the campside but I doubt you really need this. Nevertheless, you can upgrade nearly anything in outdoor business with a biner - it's just cool and you look like a real outdoorsman with all the handy carabiners ;)

Your idea of being able to re-use the biner isn't bad. But than you still need a good way to attach it to the mug. Those "material carabiners" (don't know if this is the proper translation, I mean carabiners which aren't designed to climb on!) are very light, but still it would be cool to be removable in terms of pack size of the whole mug.

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    No body knows your rock climb unless you attach a carabiner to everything you own :)
    – user2766
    Commented Aug 11, 2016 at 10:15

One real advantage is that a metal carabiner will rattle against a metal mug. Build the carabiner into the handle and that can't happen.

This rattling may be simply annoying most of the time, but if you're looking for wildlife (whether to watch it or shoot it) is going to disturb your quarry. If you just move around while others are asleep, or trying to concentrate on other things, it spoils the situation for others.

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