Before you hit the road, consider a travel cooler that works with your electronic devices. Some travel coolers have weather-resistant storage spaces for cell phones, laptops and tablets, but others offer even more features. Many of the best coolers for travel and a plugged-in lifestyle keep items cold, stream music from Bluetooth-enabled devices and charge your phone.
Some travel coolers have SD and USB digital music players and inputs for microphones and auxiliary jacks. Some travel models have wheels while others feature comfortable carrying handles or padded shoulder straps.
Beverage jugs, sometimes called beverage coolers, are also great for trips. Take a beverage jug along to dispense cold water when your child has soccer practice or you’re going to a picnic.
Some people say the best beach cooler is actually a beverage jug that’s big enough to fill with ice and cans, and where they don’t use the built-in faucet except to drain melted ice.
Some beach-goers like to use a cooler bag. If style matters, the best cooler bag for you may be a soft-sided model that looks like a handbag.
Thermoelectric coolers that don’t even require ice are also great for travel. They run on 12 volts, so you can plug them into your vehicle to keep drinks and snacks cold.