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    The kids asked me to take them on a multi-day camping trip. The basic idea is to find a campground, set up tents and then go on day trips, fish and just relax. I'm also looking at a multi-day hunting trip later this year in the middle of nowhere WV.
    Can anybody recommend a good camping cooler? I've seen the Yeti commercials and have heard they are terrific. But at $400 a pop, they're a bit rich for me.
    Last edited by Norbetow; 08-26-2019, 11:25 AM.

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    The steel Coleman is the stand-by, and they're still under a hundred bucks. I've never had to pack large quantities of fresh game meat into a cooler, but I know the Coleman is more than adequate for a camping trip (and most anything, in my opinion). The Yeti might be worth it if pounds and pounds of good venison are at stake.

    A few things you can do to make any cooler more effective: Instead of using loose ice, freeze water bottles, and add some salt to the water before freezing. As you likely know, saltwater freezes at a lower temperature than fresh water -- thus your ice will be colder. (Or, if you don't care about those few extra degrees of coldness, you'll have fresh drinking water as the ice in the bottles melts.)

    Also, provide some extra insulation to keep more cold in longer: Layer of newspaper or bubble-wrap on the bottom, and cut squares of bubble-wrap and tape or glue to the inner sides and under the lid. It can make a big difference and really improve a cheaper cooler.

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