Summer temperatures are heating up, so it’s important that you keep your cool. In addition to maintaining proper hydration and skin protection, you will also want to consider the best options to keep your beverages and food chilled when you are on the road.
There are a variety of cooler bags on the market today, each with varying price points and composition. So, we’ve taken the guess work out of it for our readers by doing some detective work on your behalf. Below we have compiled our favorite cooler bag selections for summer:
Price range: $40 – 75
Fusing together the features and benefits of both hard and soft coolers, this fully insulated cooler bag is designed with closed-cell foam insulation to lock in the cold. The cooler is also made with a luggage-style, telescoping handle to provide ease of transport as you roll from the car to the beach. Oh, and its exterior pockets provide extra storage for dry goods and personal items!
Ready for a picnic on the beach? With the 25-quart cooler tote from Picnic Time, you will be! Featuring a polyester micro-fiber soft exterior, this cooler bag will keep your food fresh and beverages cool for the entire afternoon. It even holds up to 37 standard cans! The bag also features extra wide wheels as well as a stability bar for easy maneuvering and control.
Price range: $76 – 200
If your travels include extended periods outdoors, it’s important that you have a cooler that’s equipped to handle the heat. Every aspect The of Igloo® Super Tough™ was designed for tough conditions, maximum durability and performance. Featuring comfort-grip side handles and extra-durable dual stainless-steel latch to keep contents secure, this cooler was designed for every adventure.
A key player in the industry for decades, Coleman has continually rolled out quality coolers and other products to the masses. Large enough to hold 85 cans and tall enough to hold 2-liter bottles upright, you’ll have plenty of space for refreshments for a whole group of people. Whether you’re headed on an overnight camping trip or to a tailgate party, the comfort-grip steel handles and stainless steel lid latch make getting to your destination easy, comfortable and secure.
Price Range: $200 and up
If durability and performance are important considerations for you, then the Yeti Roadie is your answer. The YETI Roadie™ 20-qt. Cooler stores 18 cans plus ice and features durable construction that is food grade and dry ice compatible. The 2″ polyurethane foam provides excellent insulation, and the recessed drain plug and rubber washer make the Yeti Roadie the perfect companion for any activities near the water. With a higher price point than others on the market, we prefer to consider the Roadie as an investment.
Ready for the wild? Ordinary soft-sided coolers are flimsy, frail, and only slightly better at cooling beverages than just leaving them in the shade. But the YETI Hopper provides portability of a different color. No matter where you carry it or how you handle it, the Hopper won’t leak or break. And just like all YETI Coolers, it’s over-engineered to keep ice for days.
Do you personally prefer a hard or soft-sided cooler? What’s your favorite cooler bag? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!