When it comes to hiking trips, backyard BBQs, and camping a good cooler to keep your beverage nice and cold in the hot summer sun — and out of the paws of any nosy animals — is necessary. The great thing about a quality cooler is that it lasts many years before you have to replace it so it will save you money in the long run. Here are six coolers that will keep your beverages ice cold in the hot summer heat!
Best for rough adventures
If you need a cooler that can keep up with the toughest adventures, the Igloo BMX comes with sturdy clips to make sure the cooler doesn't fly open and keeps ice for about four days. Its sturdy construction prevents the cooler from getting damaged as you carry it around. Plus, it can hold up to 49 liters — about 83 12oz cans — meaning you can cart a lot of drinks around!
Keeps drinks cold the longest
The YETI Tundra 45 is the classic cooler. It can hold about 26 cans (with a recommended 2:1 ratio of ice to contents ratio) and keeps your ice in solid form for days at a time. It has the same rotomolded construction that YETI stakes its reputation on. It's super durable, and the rubberized latches will never come loose, keeping your contents more secure than ever.
Best for short camping trips
With about 47 liters of storage, and extendable handle, and wheels making it easy to cart around, the Coleman Extreme wheeled cooler is perfect for a weekend camping trip or a night by the fire. The cooler will keep ice solid for about two days, It even comes with four drink holders on the lid, so you can use it as a little table when you're roasting marshmallows by the fire.
Compact and portable
Light, compact, and easy to carry on your shoulder, the Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze is perfect for bringing your drinks to a party or outdoor event. With an insulated lining that can keep ice solid for about 16 hours and leakproof zippers, this cooler bag can keep your drinks nice and cool even if you're gone all day.
Best value for capacity
If you're looking for something big, the Igloo Polar Cooler is probably the best value for the sheer amount of space the cooler gives you. The 114-liter capacity means you can hit enough drinks and ice to keep any camping trip, party, or other event fueled for a long time. Plus, the ice will stay solid for up to five days because of its well-insulated construction.
Great for hiking
Small, lightweight, and leak-resistant, the OAGear Backpack Cooler is perfect if you're on the go. With the ability to keep ice solid for about 12 hours, and the leakproof lining and zipper backed by a 5-year warranty, there's no reason not to throw your favorite drinks in this backpack cooler and head out on the trail!
Think about your needs
When it comes to choosing the right cooler, you need to think about what you want a cooler to do. If you mostly need a cooler to take some food and drinks on the trails, you're likely going to want something portable and small. If you're looking for a cooler to supplement your cold storage when you're on an extended camping trip, you're going to want something big and full of isolation to keep everything frosty as long as possible.
If you're looking for an excellent all-around cooler, that is perfect for camping trips but easy to move around when you need, the Igloo BMX (opens in new tab) is worth a look. Well-insulated and comes with a good amount of space, plus the tough latches make sure it won't break open and will help keep wild animals out of your food.
If you need something that is a superstar at keeping things cold for as long as possible, the Yeti Tundra 45 (opens in new tab) is perfect. Yeti is known for making things stay cold, and the Tundra 45 is no different. It's durable and keeps everything you want cold for a long time, making it for great food and drink storage on extended trips!
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