Whether you're heading to the beach, boat, or mountains this summer, some of your most precious cargo goes in the cooler. Do yourself a favor and avoid the $5 styrofoam pails from the convenience store. Instead, invest in one that will last for years. Here are some of the best new coolers on the market, many of which are relatively abuse-proof and insulated to keep food and drinks cold for more than a week. They also come with buckles, locks, tie-downs, and skid plates to keep the goods inside secure.
Best for Picnics
Stanley 7-Quart Adventure Cooler
Most lunch-box coolers are poorly made — and perform just as poorly — but this one has a robust build and packs 2.5 times as much insulating foam compared with similar units. Laced lid bungees allow you to securely strap on a thermos or paperback book. [$40; stanley-pmi.com]