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The 8 Best Camping Coolers of 2021

Keeping food or ice fresh and cold can be a struggle while camping, especially if you’re battling hot temperatures or if you’re out on a longer trip. Huge advances in cooler insulation and construction in the past several years have helped to defeat these variables. The best coolers for camping now work great in a wide variety of settings keeping your food and drinks nice and cold, for the entire duration of your adventures. Are you looking for a camping ice chest for extreme durability while keeping contents cold for days at a time? Or maybe you prefer something more lightweight and easy to carry and will lean towards a soft camping cooler. No matter your setting or particular use, these are the best camping coolers of 2020.


YETI Tundra 45 Cooler

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Take a single camping trip with the YETI Tundra 45 Cooler and you’ll know the YETI cooler hype is real. Its Rotomolded Construction paired with T-Rex Lid Latches provides a virtually indestructible exterior. PermaFrost Insulation in the extra-thick walls and lid make sure up to 35 lbs. of ice stay cold. Its DoubleHaul rope handles make for easy carrying and the BearFoot Non-Slip Feet ensure the cooler stays in place once it arrives at your destination. YETI squeezing all the features into one offering make this easily one of the best camping coolers. At this size, the Tundra 45 is great for multiple day camping trips, or If you’re looking to swing over to a friend's BBQ, the 45 Cooler holds 28 beverage cans using a 2:1 ice-to-can ratio.

CapacityWeight Original Price
35.6 L23 lbs$299.99

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YETI Hopper M30 Cooler

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Campers who love the YETI Tundra line but are looking for a lighter and more portable option have often turned to a YETI soft cooler. The YETI Hopper M30 Cooler is their latest soft cooler offering, redesigned and better than ever. This YETI cooler bag has replaced the previous zipper opening with a magnetic HydroShield Closure opening. The wider opening closes almost automatically to ensure all your goods are kept at optimum temperature. ColdCell Insulation provides superior insulation while the DryHide Shell is waterproof and highly durable. Improvements stacked on an already great design make the YETI Hopper M30 one of the best cooler bags.

CapacityWeight Original Price
27.3 L7 lbs$299.99

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RovR RollR 60 Cooler

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If you’re the type of person who loves accessories and the ability to customize your camping gear, the RovR RollR 60 Cooler was designed with that exact option in mind. Sure it has all the usual features a great cooler needs including a rugged build made to resist grizzlies, along with high-density foam insulation to keep contents cold for up to 10 days. However where the RovR cooler really shines is the ability to add on accessories including a cutting board, cup holder accessory, or bike hook kit. The cooler comes stock with a folding-top carry bin to start you on your path down accessorizing, making the RovR RollR 60 Cooler is one of the best customizable camping coolers

CapacityWeight Original Price
57 L40.5 lbs$399.99

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YETI Tundra Haul Cooler

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If you’ve been considering a new extra-thick walled cooler, but are hesitant it will be too heavy when fully loaded, a YETI cooler with wheels is the perfect solution. The YETI Tundra Haul Cooler has the ultra durable and highly insulated construction found in the rest of the Tundra line, but is also equipped with wheels and a handle for added mobility. The cooler features two NeverFlat Wheels whose solid, single-piece tire construction is impact and puncture resistant. The StrongArm Handle attached to the opposite side is a durable welded aluminium with comfortable grips that contribute to the easy towing. This is one of the best rolling camping coolers that will allow you to reach your destination with little effort.

CapacityWeight Original Price
47.6 L37 lbs$399.99

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RovR RollR 45 Cooler

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Whoever said shopping for a YETI cooler alternative will result in a drop in quality has never seen this cooler. The RovR RollR 45 Cooler is the smaller rolling option from RovR but still packs all the features and accessory options in. The telescopic handle paired with 9-inch all-terrain rubber tires will get you rolling into the campsite with ease. A top bin and removable interior storage bin give plenty of configuration options. Keeping ice cold for up to 8 days will keep the party going longer, whether it's off in the woods or just at your backyard BBQ.

CapacityWeight Original Price
42 L37 lbs$369.00

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Hydro Flask Insulated 35L Tote

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If you’re looking for the most lightweight soft cooler bag option, the Hydro Flask Insulated 35L Tote should be at the top of your list. Weighing a mere 1.65 lbs, this comes in much lighter than a majority of insulated cooler bags while still keeping your cargo chilly. Great for a trip to the market or a day at the beach, the lightweight insulation keeps food chilled 4+ hours, or even longer when paired with ice packs. Water-resistant zippers and a robust, self-standing base give the bag versatility in different settings. When you’re all done for the day, the fully lined interior provides easy cleanup and the bag collapses for small storage making it one of the best collapsible soft coolers for camping.

CapacityWeight Original Price
35 L1.65 lbs$74.95

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Kelty Folding Cooler 45L

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The Kelty Folding Cooler is the optimal camping cooler for recreationists looking to save on weight and space. Pack the cooler down to a mere height of four inches when not in use for easy storage between the rest of your gear or at home base. Beef it up to full size for 45 liters of space for your beverages of choice (up to 70 cans of beer), cold cuts, veggies, or any other goodies you bring on the road. Ice retention in this baby lasts up to 36 hours. Plus the top comes with four cup holders, making the Kelty Folding Cooler an ideal accessory for car camping with friends and family, day trips to the river, or whatever sunny activities suit your fancy! The unique folding construction makes this one of the best cmaping coolers for folks limited on space, like those who live in an apartment, or travel in a van or RV.

CapacityWeight Original Price
45 L4 lbs$109.95

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YETI Roadie 24 Cooler

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YETI took its fan-favorite Roadie cooler and added a few extra perks, making it the number-one road trip buddy on the market. YETI coolers are known for their outstanding ability to keep ice, well, ice, for extended periods of time, and the Roadie 24 cooler is no exception. It remains nearly indestructible – with an updated rotomolded construction that’s 10% lighter, 20% larger, and 30% more-insulated than its predecessor. The “NeverFail Hinge System” to prevents snapping or breaking, and uick latch seals guarantee it’ll stay leak-free. A Heftyhauler Handle system makes for an easy, comfy, flexible carry, with a build that can now squeeze in behind the driver seat, or be strapped down with YETI’s tie-down kit to your boat, truck bed, or trailer. YETI also took into consideration that not everyone is a beer-drinker. So if you’re more inclined to reach for a bottle of red or white, you can be sure this cooler can fit a standard bottle of wine.

CapacityWeight Original Price
24 L12.8 lbs$199.99

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