Greatest cool containers and cooler baggage for tenting or picnics UK

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Excellent for keeping your food and drinks fresh, crispy and cool, a cooler or cool bag is a summer essential, whether you’re going camping for a week or just heading to the park for a picnic



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They are an excellent investment to keep your food, drink or shopping cool and safe to eat.

Before you decide what to buy, consider its primary use. As sizes vary widely, how many is it suitable for? A little thing that is often forgotten is weight, especially when it comes to walking.

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Cool boxes and bags vary greatly in price, size and quality from electric coolers, all of which sing and dance, which plug into the mains or car cigarette lighter and can be used for camping, in an RV or on a boat. These can sometimes be awkward to constantly move around, but great to have in the back of the car on a long trip.

The liter content is also relevant. An electric cool box with around 30 liters is ideal for a camping trip.

A passive cooler (non-electric) or bag is one where cooling comes from pre-frozen ice packs. They too vary in size, style, weight and price.

All coolers and bags rely on insulation to be efficient and deliver the results you need. So before you buy, take a look at what they offer. Insulation has come a long way in recent years and is super efficient, and some coolers are engineered well enough to do what they say they do.

However, some claim that the contents need to be kept cool for a long time, which is true, but only as long as you never open the bag or box.

Dometic CFF 35 Portable Compressor Cooler 34L

Dometic CFF 35 Portable Compressor Cooler 34L

Basically a portable refrigerator: very impressive

Essentially the Rolls Royce of the cooler world.

This portable cooler from Dometic is a serious piece of equipment. The box has a generous 34 liters to fill and, usefully, one-liter bottles stand comfortably upright. Despite its large size, it is surprisingly easy to lift when empty, despite having a powerful, energy-saving AC/DC built-in compressor.

There are some thoughtful touches on this box, such as: B. a double-sided opening lid, which doesn’t sound exceptionally impressive, but access from both sides is handy.

The carrying handles are super strong and comfortable to hold, and there’s a dimmable LED screen that shows the chilling temperature.

With excellent insulation, once it reaches the optimum temperature, it will hold up even in full sun. One aspect of this box that we really appreciated is how quiet it is both on the mains and in the car. This is a real bonus when using in a tent, RV or boat etc

The box might be expensive compared to others, but what it delivers surpasses anything we’ve tested and is definitely one for the serious outdoor adventurer.


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Red waterproof cooler bag, 30 l

Red waterproof cooler bag, 30 l

If you think that Red’s cooler bag is about style over substance, it’s not. Not only is this an incredibly beautiful bag, it also has tons of clever, practical and unique design features.

First, the bag is waterproof thanks to the Aquaseal® zipper and taped seams that allow water in and out, so strapping it to a surfboard or the back of a kayak is no problem.

The bag is ruggedly constructed from high density waterproof fabric yet so light and comfortable to carry with its padded shoulder strap and woven carry handles, and there are pockets galore.

Reassuringly, the interior is lined with food-grade BPA, keeping it toxin-free and easy to clean. And best of all: the excellent insulation ensures that food and drinks stay cool; ours stayed cool all day even though it was over 25c outside.

The beautiful red cooler bag is an investment that should last you on your adventures for many years to come.


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Outwell EcoCool electric 12V/230V cool box, 35 l

EcoCool electric 12V/230V cool box, 24 l

works to keep food cool – or hot

Outwell is known for everything outdoors, so it was no surprise that their EcoCool box was impressive.

We loved the glossy gray exterior and contrasting green handle of the sturdy 35 liter box. And because this cooler is taller than thick, it fits comfortably in the rear footwell of the car for easy access when travelling.

Working with thermoelectrics, the box features a robust fan and conductors positioned in the lid – leaving maximum interior space for food and beverages – using the latest energy saving technology is an ECO setting on the control panel.

There’s a MAX switch for faster (albeit less energy-efficient) cooling. And at the push of a button, the EcoCool also heats up.

The inner compartment is divided in two with a grid and houses an ingenious (included) slim water bottle, which when frozen acts as an ice pack to keep food cold. We really liked that the walls have antimicrobial properties

The ECO is a super cool box as it heats as well as cools, works on AC and DC, looks good, is easy to carry and performs well and at a price is a steal; what’s not to like?


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Red insulated cooler backpack, 15 l

Red insulated cooler backpack, 15 l

Like Red’s cooler bag, this backpack is serious and handsome. Although it’s aimed at being on or near water, it’s as at home with surfing as it is with family on the way to the beach or a solo hike up the nearest mountain.

The bag is airtight, watertight and leakproof. If the food or drink is already cold or hot, it stays that way for several hours, whatever the weather.

We used the bag for several hours on a hot, sunny day and were surprised at how well it worked. We had issues with the zip tucking neatly behind a rubber grommet (hence the bag is waterproof) but after a few uses and a little zip lube it wore off.

Incredibly easy to carry, it packs into a useful 15 litres; There are straps, pockets, reflective strips, a food grade PVA liner and the case is made from eco-conscious TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane).

With their great credentials, good looks and superb design, it’s no wonder we loved this bag.


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Vango Pinnacle cooler, 32L

Vango Pinnacle cooler, 32L

The Vango is a super straight forward cooler at a great price, but one that performs as well as some of the more expensive passive boxes but with fewer bells and whistles.

With the addition of a large ice pack, the Vango promises to keep food and drinks cold for up to 72 hours thanks to its superior insulation. We found ours faded after 24 but we opened them up frequently to check and less opening would mean longer cooling so maybe our fault.

Strongly built, the Vango is also a handsome crate, with a decent 32-litre capacity. A compartment in the lid keeps small items to hand and a soft grip handle makes it easy to carry.

If you want something simple and uncomplicated to keep your drinks or food chilled on the go, this is it.


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Business & Pleasure Co Premium 14L Canvas Cooler Bag

Business & Pleasure Co Premium 14L Canvas Cooler Bag

Fourteen liters may not seem very large, but this beautiful bag from Business and Pleasure has enormous style.

Made from premium umbrella canvas, the striped exterior is treated with water, mildew and UV coatings and has two large side pockets and a convenient front pocket.

The interior is lined with a leakproof, pretty, eco-friendly patterned PVC and a black recycled PVC and leather bottom that protects against water and sand at the beach or picnic.

We packed a decent picnic of drinks, sandwiches and everything for two in the bag and it kept our food cold for several hours with an ice pack and was so easy to carry with either the leather handle or the strong canvas shoulder strap.

Stains and stains can be quickly removed with a sponge, which makes this bag not only a beautiful bag, but also a practical one.


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Built Stylist Lunch Bag with storage compartment, 6 liters

Built Stylist Lunch Bag with storage compartment, 6 liters

Not all cooler bags have to be big enough for a family shop. This handy cooler bag only holds 6 liters and is perfect for carrying lunch to work or school.

The six liters are divided into a larger zipped compartment – ideal for drinks, fruit etc. – and a lower compartment perfect for a lunch box.

The bag is lined with leak-proof PEVA and an appropriate gauge of insulation to keep food cool (not cold), but adding a small block of ice actually prolonged the coolness.

However, our favorite thing about the bag is its stylish look.

There’s a range of colors and patterns, a chunky comfortable carry handle and a gray canvas carry strap. In addition, there is an expandable side pocket for a small water bottle or soda can.


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Icey-Tek 40 Liter Cube Cooler 40L

Icey-Tek 40 Liter Cube Cool Box 40L

When you want to stand out from the crowd, you can’t do better than with Icey Tex’s durable, super-strong passive cooler. Ours came in a bold, eye-catching red color, but if red isn’t for you, there are ten other equally stunning colors.

A lot of care and attention has been paid to the design of the box, not the least of which is that it is very strong; so strong there’s an optional cushion that fits onto the lid, turning it into a seat; Attention anglers.

There are sturdy rubber latches, strong bolted and welded hinges, a slot for a padlock and two drain plugs. However, it’s the insulation of this box that really stands out.

Under optimal conditions, food and drinks stay cool for the promised 72 hours. In our 40 liter box we had 2 frozen Icey Tek gel packs and only opened the box to check the contents every now and then and were amazed at the potency at 48 hours although it started fading at 72; maybe we shouldn’t have opened it so much?

Be warned, these boxes are very popular and sell out quickly, but we’re not surprised.


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