Soft Sided Coolers

Soft sided coolers are easy to pack and take to the beach. Prevent treats from melting and keep food and drinks cold There are many styles and designs to choose from making them functional and easy to travel with.

soft sided cooler bags

Deluxe Soft Sided Cooler Bags

deluxe soft sided cooler bags

Soft sided cooler bags keep improving and coming down in price - like this one by RTIC.  It's leakproof and lightweight enough to carry to the beach. The heavy duty outer layer won't puncture or tear so it will perform well for you for years.  The thick layer of insulated keeps cold things frosty cold. 

soft sided cooler bags

A mesh outside pocket holds paper goods or silverware and the sturdy top does double duty as a beach table. 

RTIC 30 Soft Pack (Keeps Ice up to 5 Days!)

Collapsible Cooler

This cooler is reinforced with light weight aluminum for extra durability. 

soft sided coolers

The cooler we like the best because it folds down, doesn't take much space, is lightweight, easy to carry, durable and most importantly keeps things cold is the Picnic at Ascot Collapsible Basket Cooler.

I purchased it after seeing it had almost all 5 star reviews at Amazon. At first I was hesitant about spending the money - it is almost $48, but it was well worth it. 

The outer material is made of thick canvas and the interior is lined with a sturdy plastic that can be wiped clean.  The two handles make it easy to carry and extra pockets on the outside provide a place to store plates and napkins.

Put a bag of ice on the bottom and your food will stay cold for hours.  It does fold flat enough to pack into a suitcase. We use it for other purposes as well. It keeps foods cold or hot when bringing food to a potluck or for keeping food cold when grocery shopping.

 Plan ahead and pack sandwiches, cut up some fruit, and include some drinks so you can stay at the beach all day.  Check out the variety of colors and patterns at Amazon here:

Picnic at Ascot Collapsible Basket Cooler

Soft Sided Cooler Bags

soft sided cooler bags

We brought this soft sided cooler bag on our latest beach vacation to Santa Rosa beach.  It's so much lighter to carry than a hard sided cooler and easily fit right into our beach wagon. 

Th insulation is 3/4" thick and kept our food and drinks cold all day with the help of a set of 4 Slim Cool Coolers Ice Packs
soft sided cooler bags

The side pocket can hold napkins or valuables. 

Because it collapses really flat it is easy to store and to travel with. It travels with us by plane or by car. 

Heavy-Duty Soft Sided Collapsible Thermal Cooler with (14x10x7) Thick Lining & Insulation

Yeti Soft Sided Cooler Bags

soft sided cooler bags

The Yeti cooler comes in two sizes - 20 quart and 30 quart. 

There are several reasons you may want to have one of these at the beach:

1.  A serious status symbol :)

Why else would you pay $300 for a soft sided cooler bag?  

2.  Food and drinks stay really cold for a long time

Enjoy cold drinks and food at the end of a long, hot day at the beach or for beach camping 

3.  Well built and will last a long time

The durable, heavy duty stitched fabric means years of use. 

Yeti Coolers - Yeti Hopper Cooler 20 Fog Gray/Tahoe Blue

Scout Soft Sided Cooler Bags

If you want style, color and "cold" to come together in one cooler - choose an insulated cooler with a fun beach themed print like the Scout soft sided bags.

soft sided cooler bags
This one measures 14 1/4" by 12 1/2" by 9 1/4". The sides are soft but the bottom is hard for durability and to protect heavy bottles or containers.

 An exterior zipper pocket is a great place for keys, bottle opener or small wallet. 

It is of course water resistant, light weight and easy to wipe clean - inside and out making this cooler the right choice to pack and take to the beach.

SCOUT Cooler Bags

Coleman Soft Sided Coolers

A hard plastic liner that's removable for easy cleaning and adjustable shoulder straps makes this soft sided cooler easy to carry.

Two mesh pockets on the side and a front zippered pocket offer extra storage.   There is enough room for beverages/food for one to two people.

Coleman 16 Can Soft Cooler Bag

Stylin' With Lilly Pulitzer

soft sided cooler bags

My favorite soft sided cooler bag is this Lilly Pulitzer insulated picnic bag/basket.  Who doesn't enjoy the colorful design and beautiful fabric.

Zipper enclosure keeps food cold and the sturdy handle makes for easy carrying.  We bought ours at the Lilly Pulitzer store in Watercolor, Fl.  While this design is not available at Amazon you can find the Lagoon design there at an even better price:

Lilly Pulitzer Lilly's Lagoon Party Cooler

This important piece of beach gear doesn't take up much space and can be easily packed in a suitcase or the trunk of your car.

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