Camping, Road Trip Gear

Our Favorite Camping Coolers For Outdoor Parties, Camping, and Events

Camping is a great way to spend a spring or summer weekend. Something about sleeping outdoors, among the sounds and scents of nature is calming and therapeutic. But camping does come with its fair share of challenges; chief among them is keeping your perishable food and drinks of choice at safe and refreshing temperatures. If you plan on spending a weekend outdoors and don’t want to eat trail mix the whole time, I suggest investing in a camping cooler. Keep your food safe, your drinks chilled, and everyone happy!

Which camping cooler is right for you?

North Coyote Hiking Backpack Cooler Bag

Camping often requires a lot of equipment. You need to bring your tent, a sleeping bag, sometimes an air mattress and camp chairs, clothing, toiletries, and food. This insulated cooler backpack makes it easy to transport food and drink, freeing up your hands to carry the rest of your equipment.

If you are headed to a camping site that does not allow you to pull up your car, this is a great thing to have with you. Only 17 liters of this backpack is a cooler. The additional 25 liters are not insulated. This means you can transport perishables and non-perishables all at once.

While it won’t hold enough food for a week outdoors, but for a day hike, beach outing, or one night at a campsite, this is a fantastic choice.

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Collapsible Party Cooler

This is another cooler that is fantastic to have if you have to carry a lot of equipment. When it is expanded, like at the beginning of your excursion when it is full of your food and drink, it measures 9 inches tall and 13 inches in diameter.

Once you eat and drink your way through your supplies, you can collapse the cooler down to just 2 inches to 13 inches, and slip it in another bag for transport back to your car. It is also a great option if you do not have a lot of storage space in your home. It is easy to carry, with two sturdy straps, and comes in two color options: red and white.

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Cool Carry 2-Section Rolling Cooler with Thermal Insulation

This cooler comes with two built-in wheels and an extendable carry handle, just like a roller suitcase. If you plan on carrying a lot of heavy food and beverages and do not want to strain to lift a full cooler, this is a great option as it never has to leave the ground.

It comes with two separate compartments; the main insulated cooler section, and a front pocket that can hold non-perishables, or plates and utensils. This is a great option for a quick outdoor trip, whether for the day or overnight. It comes in three colors – black, blue, and red.

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Harley-Davidson Backpack Cooler & Seat

This cooler is the ultimate 2-in-1. Not only will it keep a small amount of food and drink cold, but when you set it down it is also a seat! This is great for a quick camping trip, a beach day, or a tailgate and is easy to transport. It comes with two backpack straps, freeing up your hands to carry additional equipment.

It has three convenient compartments, the main cooler compartment, a front zip pocket for non-perishables and accessories, and a side mesh pocket for a water bottle or umbrella. If you are looking to reduce the amount of equipment you need to haul from one spot to another, you will be hard-pressed to find something more multi-functional than this cooler/seat combo.

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Igloo Trailmate Liddup Wheeled Lighted Cooler

If you are looking to spend longer than a night outdoors and still want to bring a significant amount of perishables with you, this cooler is the right one for you. It has a 70qt capacity and heavy-duty wheels that can be dragged over an uneven ground. The locking, telescoping horizontal handle makes the cooler easy to pull. The pull-out butler tray makes serving food sanitary and convenient.

This cooler also features a lighted interior, making it easy to find what you are looking for at night. It even has a few non-insulated compartments to hold bug spray, sunscreen, and even your keys. The next time you need to haul a lot of food and drink deep into the woods, make sure you have this cooler packed and ready to go.

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Lifewit 30L Soft, Insulated Travel Cooler

Let’s pretend that you are carrying your clothes on your back, and your camping equipment in a rolling wagon. You do not want to make more than one trip back and forth to your car, so you need another way to carry your perishable foods. With your back and hands at capacity, this over-the-shoulder cooler is your only way to go!

This cooler has a 30 L carrying capacity, along with three outside pockets for carrying plates and utensils, or non-perishable goods. It comes with two sturdy hand straps, and a detachable shoulder strap for easy transport. It is available in a classic grey color.

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Scuddles Picnic Backpack

If you want an easy way to transport your food, plates, utensils, and accessories, you cannot do much better than this full-service picnic backpack. This backpack cooler comes with a front pocket fully loaded with a cheese board, four plates, four sets of utensils, four acrylic cups, a corkscrew, washable napkins, and a fleece picnic blanket!

Your food will stay chilled for up to 12 hours, so this cooler is best used for a day trip or one overnight. This cooler is so easy to use that you will never want to dine indoors again.

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So skip the trail mix and pack your cooler with your favorite meats, cheeses, and drinks for your time outside!





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