I purchased this water bottle for my 9yo who carries a bottle of water around like we are living in a post-apocalyptic world with a water shortage. She HAS to have water... ALL OF THE TIME. I love this bottle for her. However, as it had no instructions I had to go to the reviews and see how others set it up. The lip pops open and the straw comes up. The actual straw has a slight vacuum seal but doesn’t need to be pulled all the way up to drink. It takes a little getting used to using a straw that’s only like 1/2 an inch long but it’s doable. The carrying handle is nice and it’s very easy to wash. The Neckstrap is also nice, but again no instructions so I did the best I could.