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Picking the Best Coolers for Camping Trips

Apr 16, 2024 | Coolers for Camping

If you’re planning a weekend of campfire feasts and refreshing drinks after a long day of exploring the outdoors, then you’re going to need a cooler that can keep your food and beverages chilled for the entire trip. But with so many coolers on the market, selecting the right one can be a challenge.
This ultimate camper’s guide to coolers will help you pick the best cooler for your camping adventures! We’ll explore features to consider, different cooler types, and even some pro packing tips.

Choosing the Best Cooler for Your Needs

Here are some key factors to consider when selecting your camping cooler:

Size: Consider how much food and drink you’ll need for the duration of your trip and the number of people you’re camping with. Solo campers might opt for a 20-quart cooler, while larger groups would benefit from a 45-quart or even a 75-quart cooler.

Insulation: Look for coolers with thick insulation to ensure your food and drinks stay cold for longer. This is especially important if you’re camping in hot weather or for trips that will last more than a few days. Whether you’re camping, fishing, hunting, or tailgating, a well-insulated cooler can keep ice for several days.

Durability: A good quality cooler should be built to withstand the bumps and jolts of outdoor travel. Look for coolers made from materials like roto-molded plastic or stainless steel. Even soft coolers can offer exceptional ruggedness and last a long time if they are made of high-quality materials.

Portability: Will you be lugging your cooler long distances, or will it stay near your campsite? Will you be exclusively on land, or do you need something compact that you can stow in a kayak or on a paddleboard? Think about the conditions of your trip and consider features like wheels and comfortable handles for easy transport.

Budget: Coolers range in price depending on size, brand, and features. Determine how much you’re willing to spend before you start shopping. Think about the return on your investment; if you’re going to be camping and adventuring frequently, skimping on a poor-quality cooler that won’t last or can’t accommodate your needs just means you’ll have to buy a better one on top of the low-budget version you just wasted money on. For quality coolers that are versatile and built-to-last, we recommend YETI Coolers.

YETI Coolers: Built for Adventure

At Benson, we offer a wide variety of YETI coolers, known for their superior ice retention and durability. Here’s a quick look at some of the most popular YETI cooler models:

YETI Tundra Haul Hard Cooler

YETI Tundra Haul Hard Cooler

The YETI Tundra Haul® Hard Cooler conquers any terrain on two wheels. Whether you’re on a weekend camping trip or a remote hunting expedition, its thick insulation keeps ice frozen and food and drinks cold for days on end. And thanks to its hard cooler design, it’s built with legendary toughness and an impressively durable exterior.

YETI Hopper M20 Backpack Soft Cooler


YETI Hopper M20 Backpack Soft Cooler

Looking for a cooler that can come with you comfortably on excursions and last throughout your camping trip? The YETI Hopper M20 Backpack Soft Cooler is perfect for day trips or adventures where portability and convenience are key. This high-quality cooler backpack offers hands-free transport, with comfortable, adjustable backpack straps. It holds up to 36 cans or 22 lbs of ice and can even fit a standard wine bottle for those late night campfire chats!

Need more than just a cooler? Our YETI gear page lets you find great prices on cooler package deals that include a wide selection of options to complement your cooler purchase, including waterproof and ultra-durable carryall bags for muddy boots, extra portable daytrip lunch boxes, waterproof gear bags to carry your keys, wallet, and other accessories, travel mugs, tumblers, and much more! 

Cooler Packing Tips for Optimal Performance

Follow these cooler packing tips for the best results:


  • Pre-chill your cooler with ice or freezer packs for at least 24 hours before packing.
  • Pack your cooler tightly with food and drinks. Empty spaces allow air to circulate, reducing ice retention.
  • To make your ice last longer, use block ice as it melts slower than crushed ice.
  • Pack cold items first, then fill in with beverages.
  • Avoid opening your cooler frequently to preserve maximum levels of cold and freshness

By following this comprehensive camper’s guide to coolers, you’ll be well on your way to selecting the best cooler for your next camping trip. With a reliable cooler by your side, you can focus on what matters most: creating lasting memories around the campfire and exploring the great outdoors! Stop by our store to browse our YETI cooler collection and speak with our staff to make sure you are 100% satisfied with your cooler purchase!

About Benson Ski & Sport  

Benson Ski & Sport is committed to embracing an active lifestyle. Seller of winter and summer sports equipment including skis, snowboards, boots, helmets, kayaks, paddleboards, and more. In an effort to be your one-stop-shop for all things ski and sport, we also offer boots fitting services to ensure you have your perfect fit on the slopes. Don’t want to make the investment in equipment yet? Check out our rental and lease programs – there’s something for everyone. Visit our website at bensonskiandsport.com or check out our full stock at our store in Derry, New Hampshire.