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What do you consider to be the most important examples of camping gear? Would it be a camping stove, hiking poles, or the right pair of hiking boots? We’d like to argue that a camping cooler should also be on that list of essentials. And not just for keeping your drinks cold.
Sure, when you’re away on outdoor adventures, you want to keep your drinks cold. But there are many other reasons to invest in a high-quality cooler.

Reasons to buy a camping cooler

If you’re spending an extended time outdoors, don’t leave home without a reliable cooler. Not only will they ensure that you drink cold beverages throughout your trip, but you’ll also find many other benefits to adding a cooler to your list of outdoor gear.
Coolers make it easy to transport and store your food and help you save money by prolonging the life of perishable goods. Even the most expensive cooler is still relatively affordable and will last you for many years to come. They also serve as a makeshift table or seat!
Depending on the model you choose, you can also get coolers that are certified bear resistant, which can be very useful when car camping. Many modern-day coolers come with many convenient features like a drainage port, easy to use closure system, easy to use latches, and cup holders.

What to look for in a camping cooler

The first thing you’ll want to look for is a durable construction—buying products that last is the sustainable and economical choice. You’ll want to look for an ice retention rating of at least a few days, especially if you’ll be camping for a while.
You’ll want a cooler that’s easy to use. Rubber latches are known for being durable. You’l also want to look for durable drain plugs that are easy to open but won’t... open on their own.
While a soft cooler is good for portability, especially if it comes with shoulder straps. Hard coolers, on the other hand, do tend to keep things cooler for a lot longer. In some cases, you might find that a backpack cooler is the best option for you.
Look for thick insulation in your cooler. Polyurethane foam is the most commonly used type of insulation.

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Reasons to buy a camping cooler

at Altitude SportsAt Altitude Sports, you can be rest assured that every cooler you purchase is from a trusted brand. We carry top-rated products like the Igloo BMX and Stanley Adventure Cooler. We also carry YETI coolers including the YETI tundra. All orders of $74 and over ship for free.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a camping cooler last?

While a standard cooler made from styrofoam will only work for up to 24 hours, a high-quality camping cooler can work effectively for up to five days.

Should ice packs go on the top or the bottom of the cooler?

Ice packs work best when placed at the bottom of the cooler.

Does ice need to touch the food in a cooler?

To work more effectively, your ice should completely cover all of your food items.

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