11 of the Best Coolers for Campers
Every camper has at least one, whether it’s currently keeping their beer cold or collecting dust in the garage. But 100 years ago, coolers weren’t a thing. In fact, it wasn’t until 1953 that the patent for the “Portable Ice Chest and the Like” was filed by an Illinois man, Richard C. Laramy. Just a year later, Coleman would invent the noun “cooler” and start experimenting with a new material, plastic. The first portable ice chests were metal or foam, and they had one job: keep food from spoiling.
These days, it’s easy to find a cooler for every occasion, and they’re packed with fun features like backpack straps, built-in bottle openers, wheels, cupholders, fish rulers and even USB ports. They also keep food colder than ever, for longer than ever. (Pro tip: maximize your ice retention by following these cooler packing recommendations from the friendly folks at YETI.) Since there are literally hundreds of models to choose from, we’ve put together a list of some of the most highly-rated. So, whether you’re going fishing and want a cold beer to celebrate your trophy trout, or you’re hosting half of the campground at your site for a potluck, here are 11 of the best coolers money can buy.