The wonders of the small cooler!

Fourteen days, 2,471 miles round trip, in a car with my wife…need I say more? Ok that sounds a bit worse than it actually was. We did however have a very long trip recently that stretched halfway across the country and back. All in all the trip went great. We saw family and friends, ate our hearts out, and walked many miles through new cities. For the purpose of this blog though, I want to discuss our wonderful small green cooler!

Over the years my wife and I have purchased/been given/found a number of coolers of various sizes and shapes for various purposes. Recently though, (within the last year) we acquired a small, very portable, rigid plastic cooler. The purpose for this cooler was to take with us when we traveled on various multiple day trips that we seem to take quite often. Sometimes it’s to go camping, sometimes to see family. These trips last anywhere from a long weekend to as long as three or four weeks. We’ve tried a larger cooler that takes up quite a bit of space and gets quite heavy when loaded down with food, beverages and ice, but it seemed to just get in the way and we would end up throwing out food that had been sitting in a slushy mess for too long. All we needed was something to throw snacks and drinks in with the occasional leftover for good measure.

 Enter the Igloo contour 30qt cooler. FYI I don’t work for a cooler company.

Anyway, we got this cooler because we forgot to grab the one in our garage and we were already about 300 miles out of town. We already had a 70 quart and decided we wanted something smaller and more portable. This one has been perfect! It’ll hold a few greek yogurts, couple 20 oz beverages of your choice, some leftover containers from last night’s dinner and a 10lb bag of ice to keep everything cold. Really it can hold more than that but that’s about what we end up with on a normal two or three (driving) day trip. It allows us to carry non fast food to eat that would usually need to be in a fridge, like yogurt or cheese sticks or a few cans/bottles of soda so we don’t end up buying them from a gas station. We also like to end our days eating at a restaurant vs. a fast food joint and having the cooler allows us to keep our leftovers for breakfast or lunch the next day. Also because it’s small it’s fairly easy to move around in the car or take into and out of a hotel room or house.  

Other than use on road trips, I can see this cooler being useful for beach trips, picnics, tailgating, softball league night, or any other scenario you may need to keep food or beverages cold for a short amount of time. This cooler isn’t something to take camping for the weekend with the family or on any other trip you need to store larger amounts of food. Also the only thing I DON’T LIKE about this little cooler is that there isn’t a drain at the bottom; you have to tip it over to drain the melted ice out.

So, if you need a way to keep things cold and don’t want to haul around a beast of a yeti (or take a second mortgage to get one), consider this little igloo.

From the other brother…


Josh here,

 Just wanted to chime in and introduce myself as well. Like my brother said, our goal is to share the experiences and combined research we have for the purpose of improving our lives and the lives of our readers.

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