Catching that perfect wave often means long hours spent on the beach, and that’s just fine, as long as you stay hydrated and nourished. And you definitely don’t want to leave your snacks in the car to get all hot, especially if you’re heading to the beach with friends. So get yourself a cooler for that next paddle boarding trip to the beach.
Choosing the perfect ice chest might be one of the more important gear decisions you make. A good cooler will last several years, keep your drinks cool in spite of the blazing sun and drain easily, to be used again next weekend. Or Tuesday, when less tourists crowd the beaches.
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Types of Beach Coolers
When most people think of beach coolers, they picture boxy insulated crates that are filled with ice and beverages. Depending on your needs, there are soft-sided coolers that can be carried as a backpack or a tote. Those won’t work if you’re supplying chilled beverages for a crowd, but they’re fine for keeping a few items separate and cool. Wheeled coolers are great for hauling through the parking lot, but often won’t help much on the sand. Of course, some of the models with larger wheels are better for rolling across the sand on the beach.