As I headed out to see the game I thought it would be nice to have a cool drink and a sandwich or two by my side. I stopped at the store and as I picked up some drinks I noticed the coolers they had placed next to the refrigerators. I thought, "A cooler would be nice to have so my drinks stay cold, but what size cooler do I need?"
What Size Cooler Do I Need?
Long story short, they had small coolers, huge coolers, soft coolers and, backpack coolers. So many choices I didn't know what to grab. I took a minute to decide and ended up picking a medium-sized cooler for the game.
For my situation, I had a few friends who were going to see the game with me. I knew they would need a cool place for their drinks as well. Even with the ice and the drinks, I was able to hoist the cooler into the back of my truck and head out to the game.
Sitting in the parking lot outside the game, I realized that my original decision may have been flawed. My cooler worked perfectly for this game, but would it be just as perfect for the other events I would attend?
I knew there were a few events I would be walking around. I couldn't carry my new cooler around with me at those events. What size cooler do I need for those events? Since a cooler lasts, I wanted the perfect cooler for any outing. Like many things, the determination of the cooler rests the details.
And the simple answer you want to know is: The cooler size you need depends on what you're doing, where you're going, and who you'll be with.
The Answer Rests in the Details
A cooler is made for many occasions. Considering this fact, we know that many variables apply when deciding what cooler to buy.
Coolers made out of fabric are mobile but don't last as long as other coolers. Large coolers lack this mobility but have the versatility of a large space. Treated right, these coolers last for a long time. A medium-sized cooler is more mobile than a large cooler but wouldn't fit all of the things you need for a large event.
So choosing the cooler based on your specific situation is ideal. When you ask yourself, "What cooler do I need?" Think of your needs and how the cooler you buy satisfies them.
The longevity of the cooler
Coolers are made out of many different materials. There are plastic, fabric, and other types of materials. Each one has it's own life expectancy. When I was growing up, my uncles always had a cooler in the back of their truck so they could have a drink anywhere they went.
They had that cooler for years. It sat through stormy nights and dusty storms and never had more than a scratch on its sides. They originally bought a three-piece set that included a huge cooler, hand-held cooler and, drink cooler.
All made with the same strong material. Point is -- the longevity of the cooler relies on its materials.
If they had a fabric cooler stored in the back of their truck, it wouldn't have lasted as long as it did. Think about where you're going to store your cooler when choosing one.
It's also important to understand how you're going to travel with the cooler. For my uncles, it was no problem to carry a huge cooler full of ice because they moved it only to drain the water. But that might not be the case for you.
Coolers are a product of utility. This means that when you head out to the game, you want a cooler that is effective at doing its job.
That is, carrying your food and drinks and keeping them ice cold. If you're asking, what cooler do I need if I'm going to be walking around? Then a small shoulder strapped cooler is the one for you.
These are the most mobile of the cooler family. Keep in mind that these coolers will only carry enough items for one or two people. Backpack coolers are also great for situations like this.
Instead of hanging on your side like the shoulder strap coolers, these coolers hang on your back. This allows for more carrying space.
This is the main pro and con situation with coolers. You want your cooler as effective as it can be while still being as mobile as you need it.
People, places, and things
Your determination also depends on a few other factors. The people you have with you while you're at an event. The places where the events are placed at and the things you plan to have in your cooler.
Large events like concerts or festivals have many people at them and usually have a food stand. You may be asking, "What size cooler do I need If I am someone who is running one of these stands?" In this case, you will need the largest cooler.
You may wonder, "What size cooler do I need If I am just an attendee?" If you have a small party of people with you, then you will need a small cooler.
You can still have a large cooler with you if you prefer. It's necessary to have one if you plan to keep many things cold.
Based on these variables, you can make your determination. "What size cooler do I need if I am moving a lot?" you may ask. You need a small mobile cooler. What size cooler do I need if I have quite a bit of people to support? You need a large cooler.
Store your cooler in safe places if you get one with lighter material. If your cooler needs to be able to handle some wear and tear, then get a cooler made with stronger material. Make your determination based on the needs that you have for your cooler.
The Effect of the Right Cooler
The right coolers have a big effect on the enjoyment you have at your events. The effect is felt by everyone around you. We all enjoy having a cool drink by our side, especially at the events we attend. And you don't have to worry about your food going bad along the way.
You don't have to run to the store as often since you have all of the storage you need. The event goes smoothly, and you travel easily. With all of the items that you need to keep cool along the way. A cooler isn't essential for every attendee of an event, but one can be very useful for a group or party.
A cooler allows for some extra fun to be had in the time you spend out and about. They can save you money by preventing the need for stops at the store or food stand every time that you need food or drink.
The uses are vast with the right cooler. You can take your cooler to the park with a nice picnic inside. You can enjoy the game with some ice-cold drinks and even a small lunch by your side.
Or you can keep everything you need with you as you travel around in your vehicle. And you can enjoy your time at a festival with a mobile cooler.
You can even use a cooler for medicines that have to stay cool. No matter where you go, you may want to have a cooler by your side.
Ultimately the decision rests on the variables at play. Although, it may be of your own preference to go against the most logical of answers. Sure it's difficult to carry a huge cooler around with you, but determination and strong muscles can allow you to have that preference.
Plus, if you're moving around that much, get one with wheels!
It can seem so simple of a decision, but the necessity of the choice makes it an important one. When I made my decision, I made it based on the factors involved, but I also made it based on my preference. We all live our own lives and so thus have our own biases, beliefs, and preferences.
To live the best of our life is to make the most out of our choices. Logical decisions in a situation like this may not be your preference. The goal is to be happy, healthy, and fed. So make the choice that works for you.
On to the Game!
What size cooler do I need? The most effective and preferential one I can find. And the same goes for you. Whether it's a fabric cooler, small cooler, large cooler, handheld cooler, or some other cooler in the family, it will do its job based on what it's made for. So choose wisely.
Now it's time to load up and head out to the game. Have fun, and stay cool! Did we help you pick the right cooler? Let us know in the comments below!
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