7 of the best cooler bags you won’t mind schlepping to your next outdoor gathering

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After spending more time than ever inside over the past year, it’s time to embrace the great outdoors again with the people you love.

If you enjoy a long day spent at the park or beach with food and drinks, there’s one essential item you won’t want to leave the house without: a cooler bag that actually keeps food and drinks cold.

For your next outdoor gathering, consider one of these bags that you can wear as a backpack, carry as a shoulder bag or even completely fold flat when it’s empty. With thousands of reviews, these are some of the best cooler bags online that will make your day in the sunshine more enjoyable.

1. CleverMade Collapsible Cooler Bag, $35.40 (Orig. $39.99)

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Hands down, the best feature about this CleverMade bag is that it folds flat making it super easy to store at home. Not only is it insulated, leak-proof and able to hold up to 50 cans, but it also includes a hidden bottle opener on the strap. With more than 4,900 reviews, shoppers are so impressed with this cooler bag that it’s an Amazon’s Choice product.

2. FORICH Leakproof Backpack Cooler Bag, $29.99 (Orig. $32.99)

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If you’re searching for a cooler bag backpack, FORICH’s option on Amazon — with close to 2,000 reviews — is one of the most affordable styles available online. With a 30-can capacity, side pockets for wine bottles, a hidden pocket for phone storage, breathable mesh straps and an included bottle opener, this backpack is a no-brainer.

3. Hearth & Hand with Magnolia Insulated Backpack Cooler, $39.99

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For a more stylish cooler, Target’s stripe bag will be an instant hit. The convenient outside pocket makes storing small cutlery, napkins and more a cinch.

4. YETI Hopper Portable Cooler, $249.98

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YETI is known for its hard and soft coolers that keep food and drinks cold for hours, thanks to its ColdCell Insulation. That said, YETI cooler bags can be pricey. If you’re ready to invest, the Hopper is the brand’s most portable style thanks to its lightweight design (it only weighs five pounds!) and its thick carrying straps.

5. Hydro Flask Insulated Tote Bag, $64.95

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If you’re a fan of Hydro Flask’s water bottles, the brand also carries a line of soft cooler bags. This Hydro Flask 20-liter Insulated Tote Bag doesn’t look like your typical cooler bag, but it will keep items chilled for more than four hours. It’s slim and lightweight enough to use for a day at the beach or for everyday errands, and it will fold down at the end of the day. Plus, clean-up is super easy thanks to the fully-lined interior, which can be quickly wiped down.

6. Cuisinart Zip-Top Large Compartment Backpack Cooler, $55.99

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As one of the largest capacity backpack cooler bags available, Cuisinart’s option is great for long-haul road trips or hikes. It can store up to 60 12-ounce cans, and it also functions as a large tote thanks its easy-grip handles.

7. Corkcicle Eola Bucket Cooler Bag, $199.95

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While it might be on the higher end of your budget when it comes to cooler bags, Corkcicle’s sleek bucket cooler backpack is one that’s hard to beat since it’s available in seven different stylish patterns and colors. You can walk hands-free to the park or beach with eight cans and two bottles of wine while everything stays sufficiently cool.

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