10 Best Cool Boxes for Camping

Cold drinks and well-preserved food are essentials on a camping trip. The thing is when you’re in the middle of a forest, a refrigerator or a freezer is not that readily available. If you’re lucky, you might be able to purchase a roomy and luxurious camper trailer, which often comes with a refrigerator, or if not, you could use a small fridge. However, these tend to be expensive. Cool boxes are a much cheaper alternative. 

10 Best-Selling Cool Boxes for Camping

Reviews of 5 Top Rated Cool Boxes for Camping

1. Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler

YETI Tundra 65 Cooler Cooler, Coral
Product Highlights:
  • the yeti tundra 65 is just as adept at keeping your catches cold in the field as it is storing the drinks and food for your backyard barbecue, this ice chest is plenty roomy, holding a limit of redfish or your prized brisket
  • ice stays ice thanks to up to 3 inches of permafrost insulation and an extra thick fatwall design is certified bear-resistant
  • the rotomolded construction makes the tundra armored to the core and virtually indestructible so wherever you decide to take it, this portable cooler’s sturdy construction will stand up to the rigors of the journey
  • all tundra coolers feature t-rex lid latches constructed of heavy-duty rubber so you’ll never see another busted latch and has patented keeper technology
  • the tundra 65 dimensions are 30 1/2 in long x 17 1/2 in wide x 16 in high with an empty weight of 29 lbs note: all tundra models come standard with one dry goods basket.

Some people say that if you’re looking for a good cool box, then get something by Yeti. Cool boxes made by this brand are often not that cheap, but they’re definitely worth your money. 

The Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler is quite heavy (it has very thick walls!), but it does a really great job at holding ice and keeping your drinks and another food cold. Compared to other cool boxes, this seems to be able to hold ice for a longer period of time. If you put enough ice inside, it could even freeze your drinks! Because of its weight, size, and toughness, you can even use this as a stool without worrying if it’s going to break down. 

2. Engel 19-Quart Cooler/Dry Box 

ENGEL 19 Quart Fishing Surface And Shoulder Strap, White
Product Highlights:
  • keeps food and drinks cold and doubles as a dry box - keeping out moisture and/or dust from your valuable electronics, emergency kits and cameras.
  • features a unique airtight eva gasket around the lid - for excellent ice retention and a water proof seal.
  • features a recessed central carry handle in the lid & integrated adjustable shoulder strap. also includes a removable hanging tray - for storing dry goods.
  • all fittings secured with stainless steel screws. rear hinges are self stopping. front latches are stainless steel.
  • non-absorbent surfaces are easy to clean and are stain and odor resistant.

This 19-quart cool box from Engel can also be used as a dry box for your electronics and other valuables. It’s completely leak-proof and it is able to hold ice for a long time, thanks to its unique airtight EVA gasket around the lid. 

This cool box has a nice carry handle and even a shoulder strap so you can take it along with you with ease. Since it’s non-absorbent, it’s also very easy to clean and it’s stain and odor resistant. 

3. Stanley Adventure Leakproof Outdoor 7-Quart Cooler

Stanley Adventure Leakproof Outdoor Duty Camping Cooler With Flat Top Doubles As Seat
Product Highlights:
  • stays ice cold: the adventure cooler has double-wall foam insulation that keeps this ice box cold for up to 27 hours - nearly 40 percent longer than your typical coolers. it's ideal for camping, fishing, picnics, or your everyday work lunch box.
  • tough and durable: the high-density polyethylene outer shell, sturdy latches allow this cooler to take a beating with the durable rubber string you can hold stanley vacuum bottle on the flat top. the cooler is made of only bpa-free materials.
  • easy to transport: the heavy-duty top handle makes this cooler easy to grab and carry. the strings along the top can hold down a bottle or thermos giving you an extra free hand. it's large yet light, weighing only 3.9lbs when empty.
  • leak proof: the silicone gasket on the lid ensures superior insulation and makes this completely leak proof when the latches are locked.

If you’re looking for a cooler that is tough, consider getting this 7-quart cool box. Its outer shell is made of high-density polyethylene and it has nice latches to keep your food and drinks secured inside. This cool box is so tough that you can even use it as a seat. 

The silicone gasket on the lid allows it to keep ice for a long time and prevent any leakages. You will not have a hard time transporting this one because it has a heavy-duty handle. This product comes with a lifetime warranty. 

4. Igloo Quick & Cool 

Igloo Quick And Cool Qt. Cooler
Product Highlights:
  • 5 day 100 qt. cooler
  • quick access hatch to contents inside
  • swing up handles with tie down loops
  • holds 2 liter bottle upright
  • holds 145 cans plus ice. dual snap-fit lid

This one is a really good cool box.  It’s made of polyethylene and yes, it’s heavy but that’s only because it’s probably one of the largest ones you can buy–its capacity is 100 quarts–and while it might be quite hard to carry, that means you can store more ice and cool more drinks and food in this one. 

The product description says that it can hold ice for about 5 days, but it can actually do so to up to a week. 

5. Klein Tools 17-Quart 55600 Work Cooler

Klein Tools 55600 Work Seats 300 Lb, Tradesman Pro Tough Box
Product Highlights:
  • lunch box keeps cool up to 30 hours; main compartment has a 17-quart (16.1 l), 18 can capacity
  • cooler supports up to 300 pounds (136.1 kg); not only does this carry lunch, it doubles as a handy place to sit
  • inside storage compartment, lid opens full 180-degrees to access and holds items like phone, medicine, keys, napkins, utensils, etc.
  • lid stays open at 90-degrees to allow uninterrupted access; no rust stainless steel hinged lid is recessed to accommodate 1 liter water bottles
  • shoulder strap holds lid in place while carrying and easily converts to a handle

If you’re fine with a cool box that isn’t too large, this one might be the perfect one for you. This lunchbox style cool box with a shoulder strap has a 17-quart capacity, and even though it looks quite small, it can actually carry up to 300 pounds of weight, which means you can use this as a stool. 

What’s unique about this cool box is that aside from cans and food, you can also use this to keep things like medicines and keys, since it has a compartment perfect for those. 

6. Coleman 50-Quart Rolling Cooler

Coleman Rolling Cooler Cooler Keeps Ice Up To 5 Days, Black
Product Highlights:
  • xtreme technology; insulated lid and extra wall insulation keep ice up to 5 days in temperatures as high as 90°f
  • high capacity: holds up to 84 cans
  • heavy-duty wheels: effortless rolling over any terrain
  • have-a-seat lid: closed lid supports up to 250 pounds
  • cup holders: molded into the lid to keep drinks close and prevent spilling

This cooler is perfect for the outdoors because unlike most other cool boxes, this has wheels and handles so that you can easily tow it along instead of carrying it. It can hold up to 84 cans, it can be used as a seat, it has cup holders for your drinks, and it can keep ice for about 5 days. 

7. Coleman Coastal Xtreme Series Marine Portable Cooler

Products by Coleman never disappoint. This cooler claims to be able to hold ice for up to 3 days thanks to its Extreme 3 Technology, but it can actually hold ice for as long as 6 days. This cooler comes in 3 different sizes, but they all come with cup holders so that you can keep your drinks safe from any spills. 

It’s easy to clean, it’s tough, and it does the job perfectly.

8. Coleman 54-Quart Steel-Belted Cooler 

Coleman SteelBelted Portable Cooler Cooler, 54 Quart
Product Highlights:
  • high-capacity, heavy-duty cooler features a charming retro design
  • 54-quart capacity accommodates up to 85 cans
  • keeps the ice! insulation offers 4-day ice retention in temperatures as high as 90 degrees fahrenheit
  • built to deliver years of performance with rust-resistant stainless steel hardware
  • comfort-grip steel handles allow for easy, controlled lifting and carrying

Anything that looks old-school is becoming trendy these days, and if you are a fan of such things then you might want to get the Coleman 54-Quart Steel-Belted Cooler. 

Not only does this look pretty. It also does a great job. It has a high capacity–you can fit around 85 cans in here–and you can even store 2-liter bottles inside upright. Yes, it has parts that appear metallic, but these parts are totally rust-resistant, so this cool box will surely last long. This cool box comes in different colors. 

9. Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Premium Ice Chest

Arctic Zone Titan Deep Antimicrobial Protection, Blue
Product Highlights:
  • titan deep freeze high performance cooler: hard cooler features uni-body roto-molded construction, which includes thick polyurethane insulation that keeps ice up to four days; cooler holds up to 30 cans or 20 quarts
  • microban antimicrobial protection: microban is built-in protection that is guaranteed to last the lifetime of the product; helps prevent the build-up of odors and stains and makes the cooler easier to clean
  • easy access to food and beverage: includes t-shaped, heavy-duty, corrosion-resistant latches for easy opening and closing; latches help keep contents cold and provide a tight seal for the 360-degree freezer-grade silicone gasket
  • certified bear resistant cooler: in case of unexpected campsite visitors, our cooler is certified bear resistant by the interagency grizzly bear committee; cooler also features an oversized drain, anti-skid feet, and an integrated fish ruler
  • easy to clean: our products are meant to last no matter how dirty they get; most food residues on the interior and exterior of the cooler can be wiped clean with mild soapy water and a damp cloth; we recommend air-drying to protect cooler insulation

This cool box looks tough and guesses what, it really is! It has anti-skid feet, it’s bear-resistant (as long as it’s properly locked) and it has thick polyurethane insulation that allows it to hold ice for as long as 4 days. It also has a built-in fish ruler, for those days when you decide to use it for fishing. 

Once you’re done using it, you can easily drain it using its oversized drain located at the side and you won’t have to worry about this cool box becoming home to bacteria because it has Microban product protection.

10. Pelican 70-Quart Elite Cooler

Pelican Elite 70 QT Dark Gray/Green
Product Highlights:
  • volume: true 70 quart internal volume
  • extreme ice retention: 2 inches of polyurethane insulation with a 360 degree freezer-grade gasket delivers extreme ice retention
  • features: overmolded carry handle, 3 inch locking latches, reinforced lockable hasp, stainless steel bottle opener, anti-shear hinge system, molded-in tie-down slots
  • features: 4 self draining cup holders, non-skid rubber feet
  • made in usa: includes pelican's legendary lifetime guarantee - "you break it, we replace it. forever!"

This 70-quart cooler is perfect for camping, beach trips, and other outdoor activities. Aside from the fact that it has a large capacity, it has 2 inches of polyurethane insulation that allows it to hold ice to as long as 9 days. It also has a built-in stainless steel bottle opener and 4 cup holders. 

You can also be certain that the things you put inside this cool box are safe since it has tough latches and a lockable hasp. It’s also easy to carry since it has a carry handle. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Should I get an electric cool box or a traditional one? 

That really depends on what you think is more suitable for you. Electric cool boxes do not require lots of ice, however, note that they are not as waterproof as traditional ones. 

How long can cool boxes hold ice? 

That really depends on the quality of the cool box that you purchase, but if you go for those that are of high quality, ice can be preserved for as long as several days. 

What should I consider when buying a cool box?

Think about the size, the weight, the capacity, the quality, and the brand. 

How do I clean my cool box? 

Wipe it with alcohol wipes or a piece of cloth dipped in a mixture of bleach and water, wipe it dry with a dry cloth then leave it out under the sun for several hours. 


Camping doesn’t mean you can’t drink cold beverages or keep the fresh meat you both cold. If buying a small fridge (or an RV with a double-door fridge) is too much for you, you can easily get a cool box instead. Cool boxes work great, especially if you get one that is high quality, and they’re also easy to clean and maintain. 

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Andrea Vaso

When Andrea is not writing, you’re most likely going to find her drinking coffee, reading a novel, or watching medical dramas. She holds an undergraduate degree in biology and as of this moment, she is attending medical school.