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10 Easy Pieces: Insulated Cooler Tote Bags

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10 Easy Pieces: Insulated Cooler Tote Bags

April 23, 2019

There’s nothing less chic than showing up to a picnic with melted (and fragrant) fromage and a drippy bottle of once-chilled wine. But you know what’s even worse? An obscene amount of clunky gear, Clark Griswold-style, that necessitates an entire crew to pack-in-pack-out. Hardly worth it for a few hours outdoors. For a solution that is both effortless and also effective, look to the insulated cooler tote bag. It looks (mostly) like a normal bag, keeps contents cool, and doesn’t need its own storage space at home. (I keep mine in the coat closet.) Here are our favorites.

The Snow Peak Cooler Tote Bag is made with canvas and an insulated cooler interior; \$99.95 at Snow Peak.
Above: The Snow Peak Cooler Tote Bag is made with canvas and an insulated cooler interior; $99.95 at Snow Peak.
Popular for their hard shell coolers, Yeti also makes the newer Hooper Two 30 Cooler with a &#8\2\20;DryHide&#8\2\2\1; exterior (high-density waterproof, mildew-proof, and puncture-proof fabric) and &#8\2\20;ColdCell&#8\2\2\1; insulation (closed-cell rubber foam with more cold-holding potential than other soft coolers) in the interior. It&#8\2\17;s available in two color combinations of Fog Gray/Tahoe Blue (shown) and Field Tan/Blaze Orange for \$\299.99 at Yeti. It&#8\2\17;s also available for \$300 at REI.
Above: Popular for their hard shell coolers, Yeti also makes the newer Hooper Two 30 Cooler with a “DryHide” exterior (high-density waterproof, mildew-proof, and puncture-proof fabric) and “ColdCell” insulation (closed-cell rubber foam with more cold-holding potential than other soft coolers) in the interior. It’s available in two color combinations of Fog Gray/Tahoe Blue (shown) and Field Tan/Blaze Orange for $299.99 at Yeti. It’s also available for $300 at REI.
The Primus Insulated Cooler Bags are each designed to be filled with ice (like a portable drinks cooler) or with cold packs. From left to right are the Cooler Bag (\$59), Utility Sack (\$\24), and the Cooler Backpack (\$99) at Food5\2.
Above: The Primus Insulated Cooler Bags are each designed to be filled with ice (like a portable drinks cooler) or with cold packs. From left to right are the Cooler Bag ($59), Utility Sack ($24), and the Cooler Backpack ($99) at Food52.
The REI Co-op Pack-Away 6 Soft Cooler is designed for keeping drinks (6 cans to be exact) cool for \24 hours but can be used for other goods as well. Made with polyester, a PEVA insulating liner, and an abrasion-resistant nylon base; \$\24.95 at REI.
Above: The REI Co-op Pack-Away 6 Soft Cooler is designed for keeping drinks (6 cans to be exact) cool for 24 hours but can be used for other goods as well. Made with polyester, a PEVA insulating liner, and an abrasion-resistant nylon base; $24.95 at REI.
The Snow Peak Soft Cooler \18 is made with an inner aluminum coating to reflect heat away and keep the cold in. It holds 4.75 gallons and is \$96.95 at Snow Peak.
Above: The Snow Peak Soft Cooler 18 is made with an inner aluminum coating to reflect heat away and keep the cold in. It holds 4.75 gallons and is $96.95 at Snow Peak.
The RigTig Modern Cooler Tote Bag has adjustable straps and a roll-down top for packing everything from as small as a personal-sized lunch to a full picnic spread; \$45 at Food5\2.
Above: The RigTig Modern Cooler Tote Bag has adjustable straps and a roll-down top for packing everything from as small as a personal-sized lunch to a full picnic spread; $45 at Food52.
A forever classic refashioned as a cooler bag, the L.L. Bean Large Insulated Tote in Blue, Green, or Red is \$69.95 at L.L. Bean.
Above: A forever classic refashioned as a cooler bag, the L.L. Bean Large Insulated Tote in Blue, Green, or Red is $69.95 at L.L. Bean.
 Above; The Hyrdo Flask Unbound Series \24 L Soft Cooler Tote has a leak-proof zipper and a BPA-free plastic liner. It keeps \24 liters of contents cold for up to 48 hours; \$\274 at Hydro Flask.
Above; The Hyrdo Flask Unbound Series 24 L Soft Cooler Tote has a leak-proof zipper and a BPA-free plastic liner. It keeps 24 liters of contents cold for up to 48 hours; $274 at Hydro Flask.
The Alpine Mountain Gear \24 Heavy-Duty Tarpaulin Cooler is a soft shell PCV cooler bag with a waterproof lining and space for \24 \1\2-ounces cans; \$39.99 at Sierra.
Above: The Alpine Mountain Gear 24 Heavy-Duty Tarpaulin Cooler is a soft shell PCV cooler bag with a waterproof lining and space for 24 12-ounces cans; $39.99 at Sierra.
LeSportsac&#8\2\17;s Janis Insulated Cooler Tote in Nude is made of recycled nylon and is \$75 at J.Crew.
Above: LeSportsac’s Janis Insulated Cooler Tote in Nude is made of recycled nylon and is $75 at J.Crew.
The Barebones Small Cooler Black has an adjustable shoulder strap and a removable liner (for use as a non-cooler bag) and comes in grey or black. For size reference, the bag holds up to \16 \1\2-ounce cans; \$60 at Barebones.
Above: The Barebones Small Cooler Black has an adjustable shoulder strap and a removable liner (for use as a non-cooler bag) and comes in grey or black. For size reference, the bag holds up to 16 12-ounce cans; $60 at Barebones.

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