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Cool box recommendations anyone?

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Stars66 Mon 04-Aug-14 18:41:44

I am finally realising that a cool bag just doesn't work on a camping trip and I need a cool box that keeps things cool for more that 6 hrs. But there are tons to choose from!!!
Anyone got any recommendations? I don't ever use EHU so it doesn't need to plug in. Just keep Dd's milk cold!!! and maybe the odd crate of beer wink

Blu Mon 04-Aug-14 18:43:43

Shall I go first..... grin

You need an Icey Tek.

reallyneedmoresleep Mon 04-Aug-14 18:51:12

I've just returned from my first trip with my new Coleman Xtreme and thought it was excellent

CMOTDibbler Mon 04-Aug-14 18:52:58

I don't have an Icey Tek so can't compare, but my Coleman is great

Monts4 Mon 04-Aug-14 19:09:11

You need an Icey Tek - they are expensive but fab.

Stars66 Mon 04-Aug-14 21:21:53

Thank you, shall get looking!

Stars66 Mon 04-Aug-14 22:36:52

Wow £100!!! Looks like it'll have to wait a while then...confused
warm beer when camping next wknd anyone?!

Blu Tue 05-Aug-14 08:09:18

Ok, fair enough, they are expensive.

Cool boxes, with a rigid double wall, are better than those useless padded bags. Freeze everything you take with you and put it round your beer. Take twice as many freezer packs as you need for the box and put one lot in the on site freezer if they have one. Keep alternating. Don't open the cooler more often than necessary or leave the lid open.

FrozenAteMyDaughter Tue 05-Aug-14 08:54:37

I also vote for the Coleman xtreme. It does keep stuff cold much longer than other cool boxes we have had. And has wheels and a handle which is useful.

spaceal Tue 05-Aug-14 11:08:10

Can I butt in and ask what size toolboxes people have? We need to get a decent on to replace a very cheap one which we got from Sainsburys or somewhere but I have no idea what size it is.

There are only 3 of us (me, DP and 3 year old DD) - what size will we need?


Blu Tue 05-Aug-14 12:06:49

My IceyTek is 25l and is quite massive. Big enough for 3, easily.

Coleman Xtreme have a good reputation too - they seem to give sizes in quarts, whihc is 2 pints, so roughly a litre.

Stars66 Tue 05-Aug-14 14:05:29

We generally only go camping for 3-4 days so I'm thinking the 25litre Xtreme could be the perfect

Blu Tue 05-Aug-14 17:47:17

That should do nicely.
It is worth pre-chilling the box, too.
The night before, fill your box with old plastic bottles of frozen water, then pack your box with as much frozen stuff as possible, and good chiller packs on top.

Stars66 Wed 06-Aug-14 11:09:27

Right, I'm getting it!! Thanks Blu!!grin

Stars66 Wed 06-Aug-14 23:15:01

Ok so where can I actually buy this cooler not online?

rockybalboa Wed 06-Aug-14 23:21:55

I told DH we needed an Icey Tek not easily swayed by MN at all, no not me... He bought a Coleman Extreme. Two 2l bottle full of frozen water kept it proper cold for 3 full days. V impressed.

Stars66 Thu 07-Aug-14 08:29:45

Where from Rocky?

rockybalboa Thu 07-Aug-14 23:32:14

He bought it online, paid something ludicrous like £8.99 for next day delivery. Was from some random website not very helpful

LisaMWill Sat 09-Aug-14 18:26:45

So glad everyone is happy with their Coleman xtreme, mine arrived yesterday but haven't had a chance to use it yet, I'm very excited now!!

Stars66 Mon 11-Aug-14 07:11:24

Thanks Rocky! I didn't manage in time for this camping trip but it'll be on the list to get for the next one!!

PisforPeter Tue 12-Aug-14 23:12:48

Mango yellow or tangerine orange???

Stars66 Tue 12-Aug-14 23:33:22

I quite like the tricolour actually grin

PisforPeter Wed 13-Aug-14 10:09:19

stars you have 3???

Stars66 Wed 13-Aug-14 21:22:56

Posh. I know.shock

PisforPeter Thu 14-Aug-14 14:21:17

Well jel wink

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