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The 23 Best Camping Coolers

The Best Camping Coolers

If you’re heading out on the road for a few days of hiking, camping, or laid-back fishing, then there’s no better bit of luggage to bring along than a stocked-up camping cooler. Aside from an awesome camping hammock, or camping knife, that is. Whether you’re throwing as many beers as possible into an icebox for you and your buddies to share or stacking provisions in a backpack-style hiking cooler for a long weekend off the grid, there’s a great camping cooler to suit your needs. With luxury options capable of practically serving up dinner themselves and budget picks perfect for solo ventures into the wild, there’s a great range of options out there, so simply read on to find the one that suits your needs best.

OUR CAMPING COOLER RECOMMENDATIONS

BEST OVERALL CAMPING COOLER

While there are many honourable mentions for the best overall camping cooler on this list, the top dog (or rather, otter) has to be the Otter Box Venture 65 Cooler. This is a bumper-sized 65-quart cooler that somehow manages to retain a low unloaded weight of just 33 lbs, making it ideal for slinging into the back of a truck before you set forth on a weekend of adventure. It’s got some nifty features like a dry storage tray and a bottle opener, along with additional accessories that can be slotted in and out easily. Plus, it’s designed and built right at home in the USA!

BEST CAMPING COOLER ON A BUDGET

With a unique bucket-style design and a bevy of great features, the Magellan Outdoors IceBox strikes an excellent balance between price and premium quality. This sturdy hard-sided cooler has some really great parts built-in, including a stainless steel locking mechanism and a bucket-style handle that one person can easily carry. You’ve also got two built-in bottle openers, making this a great 20 quart, sub-100 dollar cooler for day trips and drinks at the beach.

THE BEST SMALL COOLER FOR CAMPING

If you’re only camping for a night or two or heading out solo and need something small, then the Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Cooler is by far and away your best option, in our opinion. At only $30, it’s amazingly cheap, and on top of this, it’s packed out with great little features, including a removable shelf and exterior rapid-access pockets. This bag-style cooler may only have a 9-can capacity, but that’s more than enough for solo or duo hikers intent on travelling light.

THE BEST COOLER FOR MULTI-DAY CAMPING

When it comes to multi-day camping, efficiency is everything, and the Engel ENG25 High-Performance Cooler delivers on that front spectacularly. This fantastic little hard-walled cooler can keep ice from melting for a full eight days, all thanks to its freezer-style gasket and airtight latches. It’s a little heavier than other coolers of a similar size as a result, but this is a worthy trade-off for the sake of keeping your provisions fresh the whole week long. 

BEST CAMPING COOLER UNDER $100

There are many affordable camping coolers on this list, but the best of the bunch is, without a doubt, the Coleman Xtreme 5 hard-walled cooler. This jumbo-sized 73-quart behemoth is perfect for larger groups, with four cup-holders, two no-pinch handles perfect for carrying between two people, and a massive interior capacity. It’s ideal for longer trips or a weekend blowout with your best buds. Whatever you use it for, you’ll be sure to get your $50 worth in no time!

1. YETI Tundra 65 Cooler

YETI is well known for its excellent range of camping coolers, and the Tundra 65 is a great option for those packing lots of cans and refrigerated food thanks to its large 52-quart capacity. This edition is available in 4 colourways and is equipped with polyester rope handles for ease of carrying thick insulated walls and non-slip feet, the last of which allows it to double up as a camp seat.

Key Features

  • Available in four colourways
  • Polyester handle rope
  • Non-slip feet
  • Insulated walls

Specifications

  • Weight: 2.3 lbs
  • Capacity: 52 qt

2. Dometic CFX3 75 Powered Cooler

This electric cooler for camping from Dometic is a high-tech option for those setting up in range of a vehicle or generator. Simply connect this cooler to your car with the cable provided, and you’ll have a fully functioning mini-fridge wherever you are. With custom temperature control and two interior compartments, this is a comprehensive digital option.

Key Features

  • Powered cooler
  • Two compartments
  • Custom temperature control

Specifications

  • Weight: 61 lbs
  • Capacity: 80 qt

3. RTIC 45 QT Hard Cooler

This mid-large cooler for camping from RTIC is a classic choice, with a sturdy overall design and heavy-duty features, including thick rope handles, non-slip feet, and secure plastic locking tabs. There’s a good balance here between weight and capacity, and you can pick from 5 colours for a cooler that matches the rest of your gear.

Key Features

  • Five colours available
  • Non-slip feet
  • Heavy-duty rope handles

Specifications

  • Weight: 25 lbs
  • Capacity: 45 qt

4. Coleman Xtreme 5 Cooler

Coleman’s Xtreme 5 is an affordable camping cooler with a massive 73-quart capacity. This option might be cheap, but it’s just as good as some of its pricier counterparts, with some nice additional features like built-in cup holders, no-pinch handles, and extra wall insulation. This is a really brilliant pick for those on a budget, and it only weighs 12 pounds despite its bumper capacity – making it one of the best camping coolers under $100.

Key Features

  • Lightweight plastic design
  • Built-in cup holder
  • No-pinch handles

Specifications

  • Weight: 12.3 lbs
  • Capacity: 73 qt

5. Stanley Adventure Cooler

A fairly cheap camping cooler with a tall profile, the Stanley Adventure cooler is perfect for keeping wine chilled for a romantic retreat or stocking up on soda mixers to have with spirits on the road. With clip locks and an easy-to-use drainage hole, this is a simple but sturdy high-height option, clocking in at a super-lightweight 13 pounds.

Key Features

  • Drainage hole
  • Clip lock
  • Tall profile

Specifications

  • Weight: 13.5 lbs
  • Capacity: 32 qt

6. Orca 75 Quart Cooler

When you’re looking for good coolers for camping, it does make sense to spend a little extra sometimes, as the more you pay, the sturdier, the cooler will be in most cases. The Orca 75 quart cooler strikes a nice balance between premium construction and price, and the cargo net storage pouches are a nice touch. Still, what you’re really paying for is the freezer-style gasket seal on the lid – something you don’t always find in cheaper camping coolers.

Key Features

  • Three colours available
  • Cargo net storage pouch
  • Lid gasket seal

Specifications

  • Weight: 40 lbs
  • Capacity: 75 qt

7. Engel 80 Hard Cooler Ice Box

Another massive 74-quart cooler, the Engel 80, is a large cooler for camping that requires a couple of people to lift, owing to its heavy 32-pound construction. Thankfully it makes up for its size with its great features, including the closed-cell foam insulation used in the lid, bottle opener latches for easy access to brewskis, and lock holes for strong resistance against bears and other critters in the night.

Key Features

  • Six colours available
  • Closed-cell foam insulation
  • Bottle opener latches
  • Lock holes for bear resistance

Specifications

  • Weight: 32 lbs
  • Capacity: 74 qt

8. Wool Street The Wooly Cooler

A luxury camping cooler for those who want something a little more sophisticated, The Wooly from Wool Street is a bamboo-finished delight with plenty of unique features. This tacklebox style cooler features an extendable rack with a bamboo cutting board installed, plus a removable sandwich tray in the interior, making it ideal for picnics with family or friends. Interestingly, Wool Street has opted for wool insulation here, making this an eco-friendly and sustainable option on top of everything else.

Key Features

  • Built-in bamboo cutting board
  • Tacklebox design
  • Sandwich tray
  • Wool insulation

Specifications

  • Weight: 18.3 lbs
  • Capacity: 52 qt

9. YETI Roadie 24 Cooler

YETI’s Roadie 24 is another of the top camping coolers in their range, this time in a tall profile ideal for keeping soda, wine, and big bottles cool. The single-cord carry strap makes it easy to maneuver thanks to its low 13 pounds carry weight, and dual locking latches are implemented to ensure it’s completely critter-proof. This cooler has thick non-slip feet, and so it’s perfect to use as a seat while enjoying a glass of chilled white wine.

Key Features

  • Single-cord carry
  • Tall profile
  • Dual latches

Specifications

  • Weight: 12.9 lbs
  • Capacity: 24 qt

10. Pelican 70 Quart Elite Cooler

Available in 6 high-visibility colour options, the Pelican 70 Quart Elite cooler sits among some of the best camping coolers on offer. With a high-density polyurethane insulation system built to keep all of your food and drink cool for as long as nine days. 4 built-in cup holders and a built-in bottle opener are nice additions. However, the real strength of this cooler is its massive size – it can hold up to 48 cans and still have room for ice!

Key Features

  • Six colours available
  • Rigid handles
  • Four built-in cup holders
  • Built-in bottle opener 

Specifications

  • Weight: 33.3 lbs
  • Capacity: 70 qt

11. RTIC Soft Cooler 20

A small cooler for camping on the move, the RTIC soft cooler 20 makes for a great blend of function and form. At a super lightweight 3 pounds, this bag cooler is easy to carry on long treks without weighing you down. It has room for 20 cans, and its semi-rigid walls are insulated and leakproof. On the interior, meanwhile, you’ll find a scientifically sophisticated antimicrobial lining, which will help keep the bag fresh and hygienic in the long run.

Key Features

  • Insulated bag
  • Leakproof zippers
  • Antimicrobial lining

Specifications

  • Weight: 3 lbs
  • Capacity: 14 qt

12. YETI Tundra 75 Hard Cooler

Another hard shell cooler from YETI, the Tundra 75, is much like their other Tundra range coolers, except for a boosted 74-quart capacity. This larger option also comes with a removable sandwich rack, making it ideal for storing food and drink. Non-slip rubber feet allow it to be used as a seat, and they help with stability when driving too.

Key Features

  • Two colours available
  • Removable sandwich rack
  • Non-slip rubber feet

Specifications

  • Weight: 30 lbs
  • Capacity: 74 qt

13. Igloo BMX Cooler

Available in a range of striking colorways, this small cooler for camping from Igloo is a big hitter despite its compact size. The BMX is a UV-protected mid-profile cooler with a reinforced base and a single rigid handle. Its reasonable 25-quart capacity straddles the line between convenience and size nicely. With a reinforced bottom and rubberized latches, it’s also sturdier than it looks.

Key Features

  • Reinforced base
  • UV protection
  • Rigid handle
  • Rubberized T-grip latches

Specifications

  • Weight: 12 lbs
  • Capacity: 25 qt

14. OtterBox Venture 65 Cooler

Otter makes some of the best coolers for camping around, and their Venture 65 is no exception to this rule. Designed in Colorado and made right at home in the USA, this traditional cooler steps into the modern-day with a dry storage tray, built-in bottle opener, and smart mounting grooves for the addition of extra accessories. This is a great comprehensive pick for those with a higher budget.

 

Key Features

  • Made in the USA
  • Dry storage tray
  • Built-in bottle opener
  • Grooves for extra accessories

Specifications

  • Weight: 33 lbs
  • Capacity: 65 qt

15. Cabela’s Polar Cap Equalizer 80-Quart Cooler

It would be an understatement to call Cabela’s Polar Cap Equalizer a large cooler for camping. This is an absolutely massive beast, with an unfilled weight of 40 pounds and a bottomless 80-quart capacity capable of holding a whole bar’s worth of drinks. Size isn’t everything, however, and so this cooler also has some nice features like moulded padlock tabs for bear resistance, glow-in-the-dark handles for night use, and non-slip rubber feet, all of which combine to make one fantastic pick.

Key Features

  • Moulded padlock tabs
  • Glow in the dark handles
  • Non-slip rubber feet

Specifications

  • Weight: 40 lbs
  • Capacity: 80 qt

16. Igloo Trailmate All-Terrain Cooler

The second of our two camping coolers on wheels, the Igloo Trailmate, is another brilliant all-terrain cooler made for wheeling far down a trail or along the beach on a summer’s evening. This cooler has a large 70-quart capacity, but most of its 35-pound empty weight is offset by the wheels, making it easy to transport back and forth. It’s perfect for picnics, too, thanks to a built-in food tray basket and serving tray.

Key Features

  • Portable wheeled cooler
  • All-terrain tires
  • Food basket and serving tray
  • Padded glove box

Specifications

  • Weight: 34.7 lbs
  • Capacity: 70 qt

17. YETI Hopper Two 40 Cooler

A super high-efficiency camping cooler designed as much for tactical missions as for summertime fun, the YETI Hopper Two is a massive 40-quart bag that manages to weigh only a minuscule 6.1 pounds when unloaded. With a waterproof shell and a leakproof zipper, this is perfect for rough weather adventures. Its carry-bag design makes it easy to transport even through tangled undergrowth and dense forest environments.

Key Features

  • Carry bag cooler
  • Waterproof shell
  • Leakproof zipper

Specifications

  • Weight: 6.1 lbs
  • Capacity: 40 qt

18. K2 Coolers Summit 30 Cooler

With extra-thick insulation designed to increase ice retention to five days and beyond, the K2 Coolers Summit 30 is a great affordable camping cooler for those heading out for a long weekend. With dual plastic latches and a boxy mid-height profile, this is a good pick for storing bottles and cans, and on top of this, it has a decent 30-quart capacity.

Key Features

  • Four colours available
  • Box profile
  • Dual plastic latches

Specifications

  • Weight: 14 lbs
  • Capacity: 30 qt

19. Magellan Outdoors IceBox

Another great camping cooler under $100, the Magellan Outdoors IceBox, sets itself apart from the crowd with a bucket-style handle for easy carrying and a stainless steel locking system. You’ll also find two bottle openers built into the locking latches, perfect for cracking open a cold one while out fishing. What’s more, there are a bumper 18 colours available so that you can pick something inconspicuous or flashy depending on your usage scenario.

Key Features

  • 18 colours available
  • Bucket-style handle
  • Two built-in bottle openers
  • Stainless steel locking

Specifications

  • Weight: 18.4 lbs
  • Capacity: 20 qt

20. Coleman Steel-Belted Cooler

We’ve already seen Coleman’s budget option, and their premium steel-belted cooler is another great pick while staying at a very reasonable sub-$200 price. This is another fantastic cooler for camping, with a strong 54 quart capacity at just 15 lbs of weight when unloaded. Its lightweight construction doesn’t mean it’s flimsy, however. This cooler packs in steel handles and metal hinges for heavy-duty performance at a low, low price.

Key Features

  • Retro design
  • Steel handles
  • Metal hinges

Specifications

  • Weight: 15 lbs
  • Capacity: 54 qt

21. Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Cooler

One of the best camping coolers for those who only need something small, the Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze cooler is a truly miniature option well worth its $30 asking price. With a 9-can capacity ideal for an afternoon hike or single-night camp, this mini bag cooler still manages to pack in plenty of features, including a removable shelf, exterior pockets, and a rigid flop-open lid. It won’t keep you supplied for days on end, but if you’re looking for a small cooler for camping out, then this is a perfect pick.

Key Features

  • Flip-open lid
  • Removable shelf
  • Water and stain-resistant
  • Shoulder strap

Specifications

  • Weight: 1 lb 9 oz
  • Capacity: 9 cans

22. OtterBox Trooper LT 30 Cooler

Our final camping cooler from Otter, the Trooper LT 30, is a backpack-style solution for those on long-distance or rough terrain hikes. It sports a futuristic semi-rigid design with a leakproof seal and handy exterior quick-access pockets. The bag can be carried either on your back or with a shoulder strap, making long journeys hassle-free and comfort-friendly. You’ll also find a built-in bottle opener accessory included with your purchase.

Key Features

  • Shoulder or backpack carry
  • Leakproof seal
  • Exterior pockets
  • Built-in bottle opener

Specifications

  • Weight: 6.7 lbs
  • Capacity: 30 qt

23. Engel ENG25 High-Performance Cooler

Last but not least, the ENG25 mini cooler from Engel is a great high-performance pick, along with being one of the top camping coolers for ice retention. This baby can keep your cubes from melting for a full eight days, all thanks to its freezer-style gasket and airtight latches. This does make it a little heavier than other coolers of the same size, but if you’re on a long trip, it’s well worth the extra weight for the sake of keeping your food and drink fresh.

Key Features

  • Five colours available
  • 8-day ice retention
  • Airtight latches

Specifications

  • Weight: 18 lbs
  • Capacity: 21 qt

COMPARE THE BEST CAMPING COOLERS

Use this table to sort the camping coolers featured on this list and order them by weight, capacity, dimensions, ice cooling time, body type, and power.

CAMPING COOLERWEIGHTCAPACITYDIMENSIONSKEEPS ICE FORBODY
YETI Tundra 652.3 lbs52 qt9.75" x 8" x 9.5"2 daysHard
Dometic CFX3 75 Powered Cooler61 lbs80 qt35" x 19.5" x 18.6"IndefinitelyHard
RTIC 45 QT Hard Cooler25 lbs45 qt26.5" x 16" x 25.25"10 daysHard
Coleman Xtreme 5 Cooler12.3 lbs73 qt28.25" x 15.75" x 18.25"5 daysHard
Stanley Adventure Cooler13.5 lbs32 qt21.3" x 18.5" x 15.5"4 daysHard
Orca 75 Quart Cooler40 lbs75 qt35" x 19" x 19"10 daysHard
Engel 80 High-Performance Hard Cooler and Ice Box32 lbs74 qt34.5" x 16.5" x 17.5"10 daysHard
Wool Street The Wooly18.3 lbs52 qt24.6" x 14.9" x 13.7"3 daysHard
YETI Roadie 24 Cooler12.9 lbs24 qt17.1" x 14.3" x 18"UnknownHard
Pelican 70 Quart Elite Cooler33.3 lbs70 qt36" x 20.3" x 21"UnknownHard
RTIC Soft Cooler 203 lbs14 qt14" x 11" x 14"5 daysSoft
YETI Tundra 75 Hard Cooler30 lbs74 qt33.5" x 17.5" x 32"UnknownHard
Igloo BMX Cooler12 lbs25 qt19.59" x 13.25" x 15.7"4 daysHard
OtterBox Venture 65 Cooler33 lbs65 qt40" x 18.76" x 18.83"16 daysHard
Cabela’s Polar Cap Equalizer 80-Quart40 lbs80 qt40" x 20.5" x 20.5"12 daysHard
Igloo Trailmate All-Terrain Cooler34.7 lbs70 qt23.61" x 19.7" x 34.59"UnknownHard
YETI Hopper Two 406.1 lbs40 qt26" x 13" x 19.5"UnknownSoft
K2 Coolers Summit 3019 lbs30 qt20.3" x 18.3" x 16.4"UnknownHard
Magellan Outdoors IceBox18.4 lbs20 qt14.5" x 22"UnknownHard
Coleman Steel-Belted Cooler15 lbs54 qt21" x 17.5" x 17.2"4 daysHard
Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Cooler1 lbs 9 oz.9 cans9.75" x 8" x 9.5"2 daysSoft
OtterBox Trooper LT 30 Cooler6.7 lbs.30 qt21" x 17" x 11"3 daysSoft
Engel ENG25 High-Performance Cooler18 lbs.21 qt20.75" x 14.25" x 14.5"10 daysHard