When you need supplies to be kept cool when you are camping its important the cooler can provide exactly what you need. These coolers I have chosen are designed to last, they can withstand some beating all while keeping your supplies cool for hours and hours on end.
These coolers are my personal favorites of the coolers I have tried, along with my overall favorite that I use every camping trip that I embark on. This is my search for the best camping cooler!
Engel Coolers High Performance ENG80 Roto-Molded Cooler
In my experience this cooler can hold ice for a total of 7 days though Engel say they can achieve up to 10 days. Regardless its highly unlikely you are going to find a cooler at this price point that is going to live up to that standard. This cooler is designed with campers and hunters in mind, it has the IGBC cortication for bear resistance, of course this means a bear will not be capable to get inside, to read more about IGBC click here. This Engel is 80 quartz, its massive inside you could store an seeming endless supply of food and water if you desire. This is one of the best coolers for keeping ice I have ever seen!
Yeti Tundra Cooler
If you are looking for a quality cooler that not only looks incredible but has the functionality to back it up this is the cooler for you. When you get your hands on one of these yetis you just know it’s made from very premium materials and will last a very long time. I have filled this cooler with ice and drinks and even 4 days later there is still ice in the container. This cooler really keeps things cool and for a crazy amount of time. So if you are planning on topping up the ice daily that would almost be overkill for this cooler which is pretty absurd it you ask me, it’s basically a portable refrigerator. This yeti cooler comes in many sizes from 20 quartz all the way up to 70 quartz, there is also the option of 3 colors, so you really have the flexibility when it comes to getting the perfect cooler for your needs. This is one of the best camping cooler I have ever used and a great example of a 5 day cooler.
Coleman 40-Quart Wheeled Cooler
One of the best features of this cooler is the portability features that it offers. It has wheels on one end and a handle that extends so you can pull it wherever you need it. This makes transportation of this cooler top tier. It can be easily moved by one person even when fully loaded which can’t be said for a lot of the bigger coolers on the market. This cooler also has a drain spout which is very useful when camping. In terms of holding ice this cooler can hold for a solid 24 hours in quite warm weather (85F) which is very good considering the price of this cooler.
Igloo 3-Piece Camping Combo
This cooler will hold ice for 48 hours without much problem. I wouldn’t have any problem paying double the asking price for it due to the shear value for money that it provides. This cooler is very portable and isn’t meant to hold a lot of contents. For size reference it can hold a 2 little bottle of water upright. I would recommend this cooler if you are planning on a shorter camping trip. Just like the Coleman above this cooler has the wheels and the swing up handle which make for simple transportation.
Igloo Iceless Thermoelectric Cooler
This cooler is the perfect solution for your next car camping trip as it will need access to 12V power source like a cigarette lighter in a car. Of course one of the major advantages of this cooler is you will not need ice, so you can fully utilize the cooler for all the space that it provides inside. Basically this cooler is a camping refrigerator. The power cord is 8 feet long so that should be very sufficient for most people’s needs.
Yodo 18L-25L Soft Picnic Cooler Bag for Camping and Sporting Events
This cooler is a great small alternative to some of the bigger and heavier coolers out there. If your main reason for a cooler is to keep drinks cool during the day this bag would be great. It can keep drinks cool for 12 hours. If you are looking for a small soft sided cooler that will keep your food and drinks cool all day long this is the best choice for you.
Igloo Marine Ultra Cooler
This is another extremely affordable cooler that can keep your ice for up to 48 hours. This is ideal for storing supplies for a short camping trip. The materials of this cooler seem pretty great considering the price of the unit. This cooler is very lightweight and could be easily carried by one person without any issues. The bag also has a couple of handles that is going to make moving this cooler around a breeze!
My Personal Favorite
Yeti Tundra Cooler
Of course everyone has their own wants and needs when it comes to a cooler for camping. But this yeti cooler suites me the best for my needs. I love the overall build quality and materials used with this unit. It feels like it’s been made too last and it can take a lot of punishment. The endurance with this cooler is insane, it can hold ice for 4 days in my experience no problem. It also has the flexibility when it comes to sizes, so if you need a cooler with more space for a longer camping trip you have the option for that. One final thing to mention is a technology that is called PermaFrost which is pressure injected, this basically allows for astounding thermal resistance which really helps considerably with retaining ice and keep the overall temperature down. The Yeti is my Best Camping Cooler and the one I use for every camping trip and adventure.
PS. Don’t forget to check out our roundup on the Best Soft Sided Cooler
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