Summertime is upon us which also means enjoying the sun and participating in outdoor activities! Proper hydration is important especially in hot and humid weather as we lose a lot of our body fluids while sweating. Packing up some drinks and preparing for the sun is essential to avoid heatstroke or dehydration. If it helps, you can also bring a cooler to keep your beverages stay nice and cold to help regulate your body temperature.
Speaking of coolers, there is a wide variety of options to pick from. Factors to consider are its purpose, insulation and size. Which one should you pick? Don’t worry, we’ve come up with a guide to shopping for the best cooler with the help of WIRED!
When it comes to coolers, you’d want to make sure that your beverages stay cool for a long time. Insulation should be the first thing that should be considered when shopping for coolers. Coolers use the same method of insulation which is foam. Foam is a very good insulator because it is filled with gas bubbles.
Gas bubbles allow the cold temperature to be trapped and also means that it prevents heat from transferring and going in through convection. Foam is also useful because the bubbles are made up of polymer molecules. To put it simply, the molecules limit the rate of heat coming in and keeps the cooler cold.
Compared to ice cubes, blocks of ice are recommended as they melt much slower than cubes. If possible, consider buying a block of ice or you can also freeze water in a plastic gallon jug and make it act like an “ice block”. Due to the fact that bigger blocks melt slower, it will keep your cold longer. Here’s a quick video by Quality Logo Products on how coolers stay cold.
Here is another tip when using a hard-sided cooler. If you have filled it with ice, once melted, do not drain the melted water! Melted water absorbs heat and insulates your cooler better. Especially if you’re going on long trips, melted ice is your best friend as the cold temperature circulates in your cooler. With that being said, this means that you have to be mindful of the size of your cooler. If you’re going to be outdoors for a while, it’s important that you bring a sufficient amount of beverages so you can stay hydrated.
Many times though a hard-sided cooler is not practical given your activities. You may just need a lightweight soft-sided cooler bag instead. There are many sizes to choose from but most often suppliers size them based on the total cans they hold, i.e. 6, 12, 24, etc. There are options that can be carried like a backpack, or even ones on wheels for the ultimate convenience.
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